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Worst states for deer collisions

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Odds of deer collision

Nationwide, 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.

A deer strike is a comprehensive claim. (See “You hit a deer -- are you covered?”)

Ranking 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
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3 Responses to "Worst states for deer collisions"
  1. Dave

    Considering the number of casualties shown in the table, it is a wonder that the stupid deer have not learned to avoid traffic. Quite a few years ago, in upstate NY, on a rainy night, I hit a deer. Luckily, the damage was only $3,400. I don't know if the deer survived; it disappeared.

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  2. Melody

    I have hit two deer since 2007. One with a Prius in '07 had 5,000 miles on it and damage cost $3,200. Then another one with my 2008 tundra in 2009, damage minimal to truck. Deer damage --well that's a different story, it died.

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  3. KingofThings

    If the deer would pay attention to those signs they would be better off.

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