Most Car vs Deer Accidents Are in West Virginia

Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Oct 07, 2011 in Car Accidents

While hunters look forward to deer season (the opener is Nov. 21), drivers are wary as the season approaches and the deer population grows. According to a State Farm Insurance study, West Virginia is at the top of the list when it comes to car accident s involving a deer. The state has held the lead for the past five years.

The risk in hitting a deer goes beyond the welfare of the deer. These accidents can result in serious injuries to the drivers and passengers of the vehicles, as well.

State Farm reports that the chances a motorist will collide with a deer in the Mountain State is 1 in 53 -- an improvement over 2010's odds of 1 in 42. State Farm also reports that the cost of a car-deer accident claim has increased by 2.2 percent this year, to an average of $3,171 per incident.

Nationally, the chances of hitting a deer while driving are 1 in 193. The ratio has improved -- that is, there have been fewer accidents -- for the third consecutive year. Across the U.S., State Farm reports that 1.09 million car-deer collisions occurred between July 2010 and June 2011, a 7 percent decrease from last year and a 9 percent decrease from three years ago.

The findings are derived from accident claims and the number of licensed drivers.

In addition to West Virginia, states where car-deer accidents are more frequent include Michigan, Connecticut, Louisiana and Arkansas. Not surprisingly, Hawaii is the state where drivers are least likely to hit a deer on the state's roads.

Source: Charleston Daily Mail, "State still leads in deer-car collisions," George Hohmann, Oct. 4, 2011

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