The odds of a motorist hitting a deer in West Virginia are roughly one in 41. That makes West Virginia drivers the most likely to hit a deer in the United States, a title that the state has taken and held for the past seven years. According to the Claims Journal, State Farm Insurance estimates about 1.22 million deer-related collisions occurred in the United States between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. The amount marks a 3.5 percent decrease from a year ago.
Several states have experienced drastic drops in deer-vehicle accidents, although it is currently unknown how much of this decrease is caused by preventative measures such as deer advisories and public education. North Dakota led the country with the highest drop in the number of deer-related collisions, 24.8 percent less than the previous year. Nebraska followed closely behind with a 22 percent drop while South Dakota (12.6 percent), Michigan (11.4 percent) and Kansas (11.3 percent) rounded out the top five “drops.”
In contrast with last year, the chance of hitting a deer in West Virginia rose by 8.3 percent and the state is closely followed by Montana as the most likely place for a motorist to hit a deer. Iowa ranked third and South Dakota fourth. Pennsylvania kept fifth place. Unsurprisingly, Hawaii remained the least likely state for deer collisions, with odds of 1 in 6,787.
Overall, the number of deer-vehicle collisions increased by two percent over the last five years. When adjusted for the growing number of drivers on America’s roadways, State Farm believes it is likely that deer-related incidents have actually dropped by 2.5 percent.
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