Oh, Deer: November Most Dangerous Month for Deer-Car Collisions

Things get the ugliest between deer and drivers during the month of November, with October and December taking second and third places, respectively, according to research from State Farm. In fact, State Farm says deer-vehicle crashes are three times more likely to occur in November than any day between February and August.

The agency estimates that 1.23 million deer-car collisions happened in the U.S. between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, putting the probability of a motorist-deer accident at 1 in 171, up from the previous year's odds of 1 in 183. This means the cost of claims is also on the rise, with the average deer damage claim at $3,305 — 4.4% higher than the previous year.

Motorists in West Virginia have it the worst; for the sixth year, the state tops the list for the most deer-motorist collisions. State Farm's research shows that the chances of a West Virginia motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months are 1 in 40. In second place is South Dakota, followed by Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania. You’re least likely to hit a deer if you live in Hawaii.

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Deer Accidents by State

State Farm offers the following tips for reducing the odds of a deer-car accident:

  • Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds — if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.
  • Be aware of posted deer crossing signs. These are placed in active deer crossing areas.
  • Remember that deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.
  • Use high-beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.
  • If a deer collision seems inevitable, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Don't rely on car-mounted deer whistles. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 24, 2012 | Comments (5)



Uhm, that's a moose..


And now they changed it.
BTW, is it just me, it seems like WV has 1/48 not 1/40 as shown in the picture.


No wonder I can't find them when I'm hunting! They're all out on the damn roads!!I need a hood mounted gun!!

Kaveh Sari

I have been driving 34 years...never hit a deer (in a high risk state)...Yesterday, Fairfax's Finest responded to a call made by a 'fool' in response to an injured deer, rather than calling a rescue operation(deer still alive)...GunSmoke officers show, up and shoot the poor thing...I know its convenient to eiminate the problem, but in an age where disabled runners end up in the olympics,have we run out of options, I.E. to try and save a creature instead of living in the wild wild west and shooting them?

Kevin Jones

See, this is good to know. I feel like people aren't taking deer season seriously this year. I go out of my way to always be prepared. You don't have to live in West Virginia, I know people hitting deer left and right in Iowa! Remember to get deer protection gear for your vehicle too, for example - http://www.builtfortrucks.com/brands/Ranch-Hand.html

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