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Study: Deer Collisions Decrease; Probability Of Hitting A Deer Declines Slightly

October 18, 2013

An annual insurance company study shows that the odds that any one driver will hit a deer in the upcoming year have declined by 4.3 percent, based on claims data from the last five years and state licensed driver totals from the Federal Highway Administration.

The State Farm study shows that the number of vehicle collision in the U.S. from mid-2012 through mid-2013 (1.22 million) decreased by about 3.5 percent from the same period one year before.

The number of deer-related crashes over the past five years has increased by about two percent, but the study points out that the number of licensed drivers has climbed over that same period.

Pennsylvania remains fifth on the list of states where drivers would be most likely to hit a deer, behind West Virginia, Montana, Iowa and South Dakota.

The study shows the likelihood for a particular driver hitting a deer over the next year in Pennsylvania is one in 77.  In the top state on the survey, West Virginia, the odds were listed at one in 41, an 8.3 percent improvement over last year’s survey number.

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