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Worst states for deer collisions

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Odds of deer collision

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.

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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

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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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