Below is a projection of deer collisions by state for the year ending June 30, 2013, estimated by insurer State Farm, and a ranking of odds that considered the number of licensed drivers in each state.
Nationwide, a typical licensed driver has a 1 in 174 chance of striking a deer, the company says.
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.
A deer strike is a comprehensive claim. (See “You hit a deer -- are you covered?”)
|Ranking||State||Projected collisions||Chance of collision|
|20||Alabama||26,862||1 in 131.6|
|43||Alaska||1,029||1 in 506.6|
|50||Arizona||3,434||1 in 1,337.3|
|9||Arkansas||21,913||1 in 89.3|
|48||California||23,699||1 in 1006.7|
|37||Colorado||11,940||1 in 307.4|
|38||Connecticut||9,349||1 in 319.4|
|27||Delaware||4,267||1 in 167.8|
|47||District of Columbia||395||1 in 1,001.1|
|46||Florida||14,284||1 in 971.9|
|23||Georgia||46,512||1 in 139.9|
|51||Hawaii||135||1 in 6,753|
|26||Idaho||6,657||1 in 162.8|
|32||Illinois||39,218||1 in 213.5|
|33||Indiana||30,114||1 in 218.2|
|3||Iowa||29,843||1 in 73.4|
|21||Kansas||15,305||1 in 134.7|
|16||Kentucky||24,517||1 in 120.7|
|41||Louisiana||9,256||1 in 344.2|
|28||Maine||5,429||1 in 186.9|
|18||Maryland||31,300||1 in 123.2|
|45||Massachusetts||7,500||1 in 624.4|
|10||Michigan||77,103||1 in 91.6|
|6||Minnesota||41,522||1 in 79.7|
|8||Mississippi||22,850||1 in 84.3|
|15||Missouri||37,042||1 in 115.5|
|2||Montana||11,549||1 in 65.1|
|19||Nebraska||10,333||1 in 131.3|
|49||Nevada||1,613||1 in 1,054.5|
|36||New Hampshire||3,617||1 in 292.2|
|34||New Jersey||25,488||1 in 234.5|
|44||New Mexico||2,559||1 in 554.4|
|24||New York||71,368||1 in 157.1|
|14||North Carolina||59.270||1 in 110.8|
|17||North Dakota||3,980||1 in 123.2|
|22||Ohio||59,154||1 in 134.9|
|31||Oklahoma||11,444||1 in 207.2|
|35||Oregon||10,218||1 in 271.4|
|5||Pennsylvania||114,933||1 in 76.5|
|42||Rhode Island||1,500||1 in 499.8|
|11||South Carolina||36,738||1 in 92.8|
|4||South Dakota||8,083||1 in 74.6|
|25||Tennessee||28,158||1 in 161.4|
|40||Texas||46,537||1 in 325.0|
|30||Utah||8,488||1 in 205.9|
|29||Vermont||2,714||1 in 192.2|
|12||Virginia||56,759||1 in 96.3|
|39||Washington||16,088||1 in 321.9|
|1||West Virginia||28,968||1 in 41.4|
|7||Wisconsin||50,341||1 in 82.4|
|13||Wyoming||4,358||1 in 96.8|