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?”)