A driver has a 1 in 169 chance of striking a deer in the coming year, says State Farm, the nation's largest car insurance company.
In 11 states, the odds are better than 1 in 100.
Below is a projection of deer collisions by state for the year ending June 30, 2014, estimated by State Farm, and a ranking of odds that considers the number of licensed drivers in each state.
The Insurance Information Institute offers this advice on avoiding a deer-vehicle collision:
- Deer generally travel in herds. If you see one, others are nearby.
- Deer crossing signs aren’t placed randomly. These are active deer crossing areas.
- Use caution between 6 and 9 p.m., when deer are more active.
- Use high-beam headlamps as much as possible at night, when appropriate, to illuminate the roadsides.
- Don’t swerve if a deer collision seems inevitable. You might lose control of your vehicle or even hit another car.
- A car-mounted deer whistle has not been proved to be effective.
Deer collisions are most common in the fall, peaking in November.
If you hit a deer, you'll need comprehensive insurance in order to make a claim for car damage.
Your chances of hitting a deer this year
|State||Projected collisions||Chance of collision|
|19||Alabama||30,051||1 in 127|
|44||Alaska||1,100||1 in 479|
|50||Arizona||3,794||1 in 1,238|
|13||Arkansas||20,487||1 in 107|
|48||California||24,933||1 in 970|
|40||Colorado||11,601||1 in 328|
|36||Connecticut||9,723||1 in 256|
|24||Delaware||4,803||1 in 150|
|46||District of Columbia||546||1 in 734|
|47||Florida||14,823||1 in 938|
|21||Georgia||49,182||1 in 134|
|51||Hawaii||89||1 in 10,281|
|28||Idaho||6,372||1 in 172|
|31||Illinois||38,969||1 in 211|
|28||Indiana||31,286||1 in 172|
|4||Iowa||28,716||1 in 77|
|22||Kansas||14,731||1 in 137|
|13||Kentucky||27,912||1 in 107|
|38||Louisiana||9,783||1 in 299|
|24||Maine||6,702||1 in 150|
|17||Maryland||33,946||1 in 121|
|43||Massachusetts||11,250||1 in 421|
|11||Michigan||74,709||1 in 94|
|8||Minnesota||37,549||1 in 88|
|6||Mississippi||23,403||1 in 84|
|18||Missouri||34,550||1 in 124|
|3||Montana||10,099||1 in 75|
|23||Nebraska||9,210||1 in 148|
|49||Nevada||1,583||1 in 1,092|
|35||New Hampshire||4,654||1 in 229|
|33||New Jersey||26,860||1 in 225|
|45||New Mexico||2,545||1 in 562|
|26||New York||72,618||1 in 154|
|12||North Carolina||64815||1 in 103|
|16||North Dakota||4,207||1 in 120|
|19||Ohio||63,138||1 in 127|
|32||Oklahoma||11,287||1 in 213|
|37||Oregon||10,523||1 in 263|
|2||Pennsylvania||123,941||1 in 71|
|42||Rhode Island||1,833||1 in 409|
|10||South Carolina||37,000||1 in 93|
|5||South Dakota||7,420||1 in 82|
|27||Tennessee||28,044||1 in 163|
|39||Texas||48,648||1 in 314|
|34||Utah||7,928||1 in 226|
|30||Vermont||3,029||1 in 175|
|9||Virginia||63,145||1 in 88|
|41||Washington||14,043||1 in 372|
|1||West Virginia||32,177||1 in 39|
|7||Wisconsin||47,669||1 in 85|
|15||Wyoming||3,849||1 in 110|
|Source: State Farm|