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Worst States For Deer Collisions





The Insurance Information Institute offers this advice on avoiding a deer-vehicle collision:

  • Deer generally travel in herds. If you see one, others are nearby.
  • Deer crossing signs aren't placed randomly. These are active deer crossing areas.
  • Use caution between 6 and 9 p.m., when deer are more active.
  • Use high-beam headlamps as much as possible at night, when appropriate, to illuminate the roadsides.
  • Don't swerve if a deer collision seems inevitable. You might lose control of your vehicle or even hit another car.
  • A car-mounted deer whistle has not been proved to be effective.

Below are the number of deer collisions by state, estimated by insurer State Farm for the 12 months ending June 30, 2012, and a ranking of odds that considered the number of licensed drivers in each state.

A deer strike is a comprehensive claim. (See “ You hit a deer -- are you covered?”)

Ranking State Projected collisions Chance of collision
24 Alabama 26,050 1 in 146.1
42 Alaska 1,253 1 in 411.2
50 Arizona 2,681 1 in 1,657.5
9 Arkansas 20,281 1 in 102.5
47 California 25,278 1 in 939.7
39 Colorado 11,485 1 in 329.1
36 Connecticut 9,800 1 in 299.4
22 Delaware 4,963 1 in 140.0
46 District of Columbia 495 1 in 777.7
48 Florida 14,082 1 in 990.6
25 Georgia 42,996 1 in 151.4
51 Hawaii 134 1 in 6,800.8
33 Idaho 4,602 1 in 232.4
26 Illinois 51,627 1 in 162.2
27 Indiana 34,000 1 in 163.2
3 Iowa 30,117 1 in 71.9
19 Kansas 15,887 1 in 128.0
20 Kentucky 22,650 1 in 130.3
38 Louisiana 10,182 1 in 307.8
32 Maine 4,924 1 in 207.1
14 Maryland 34,112 1 in 114.9
44 Massachusetts 8,750 1 in 524.9
4 Michigan 97,856 1 in 72.4
8 Minnesota 41,165 1 in 79.7
17 Mississippi 16,004 1 in 120.5
15 Missouri 36,592 1 in 116.0
6 Montana 9,576 1 in 77.7
12 Nebraska 12,707 1 in 106.4
49 Nevada 1,184 1 in 1,428.9
35 New Hampshire 3,705 1 in 279.9
30 New Jersey 31,192 1 in 190.8
45 New Mexico 2,474 1 in 568.2
23 New York 80,262 1 in 140.6
21 North Carolina 48,362 1 in 135.2
11 North Dakota 4,586 1 in 105.3
16 Ohio 67,699 1 in 117.6
31 Oklahoma 12,056 1 in 194.8
37 Oregon 9,159 1 in 302.4
5 Pennsylvania 115,571 1 in 75.6
41 Rhode Island 2,000 1 in 373.9
18 South Carolina 26,408 1 in 126.4
2 South Dakota 8,863 1 in 68.0
29 Tennessee 24,098 1 in 183.3
40 Texas 45,418 1 in 333.7
34 Utah 6,062 1 in 273.8
28 Vermont 2,848 1 in 180.3
10 Virginia 52,369 1 in 103.2
43 Washington 10,700 1 in 477.2
1 West Virginia 30,203 1 in 39.9
7 Wisconsin 52,525 1 in 78.7
13 Wyoming 3,716 1 in 112.9

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