According to a study by State Farm Insurance, for the eighth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where a collision with a deer is most likely. The odds a driver in the Mountain State will collide with a deer are 1 in 39, nearly a 5 percent increase compared to 2013.
The months a driver is most likely to collide with a deer in the U.S., mostly due to mating and hunting seasons, are: October, November, and December, with your odds of running into a deer double. November is the month most deer-vehicle collisions occur – with nearly 20% of collisions happening in this month. October is 2nd, December is 3rd.
- West Virginia 1 in 39
- Pennsylvania 1 in 71
- Montana 1 in 75
- Iowa 1 in 77
- South Dakota 1 in 82
- Mississippi 1 in 84
- Wisconsin 1 in 85
- Minnesota 1 in 88
- Virginia 1 in 88
- South Carolina 1 in 93
- Be aware of posted deer crossing signs which are placed in active deer crossing areas, but deer tend to cross anywhere they like.
- Deer are most active from 6-9 p.m. [and early morning], however deer and other animals can be on the road any time of the day or night.
- Use high beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which a deer will enter roadways.
- If you spot a deer near the road, slow down. Deer tend to leap suddenly when frightened.
- Deer usually travel as families, if you see one deer, there is a good chance there are more nearby.
- Stay alert. Distractions like cell phones and eating can cause a driver to miss seeing a deer until it is too late.
- If a deer is in your path, brake firmly, but stay in your lane. Most crashes occur when the driver swerves and hits another vehicle, or loses control and the vehicle leaves the road.
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