Top 10 States Where You're Likely To Hit a Deer
Sure, deer are beautiful to look at it, even if personally I think they're basically over-sized rats benefiting from the good PR surrounding Bambi. Either way, their good looks and over population come at a high price, especially in 10 states where your odds of smashing into one with your car dramatically increase. This time of year the news gets even worse. In the next three months your odds of running into a deer double. That's on top of the fact that deer collisions are already on the increase. RELATED: See Video Where Deer Hits Renault at Nordschleife
According to State Farm Insurance, for the eighth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where a collision 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.
Hawaii rounds out the bottom of the list also for the eighth year in a row with odds of 1 in 10,281. Hawaiians are three times more likely to get struck by lightning in their lifetime than they are to hit a deer in the next year.
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Here are the Top 10 States Where You Will Hit a Deer (with the odds thrown in)
1. West Virginia 1 in 39
2. Pennsylvania 1 in 71
3. Montana 1 in 75
4. Iowa 1 in 77
5. South Dakota 1 in 82
6. Mississippi 1 in 84
7. Wisconsin 1 in 85
8. Minnesota 1 in 88
9. Virginia 1 in 88
10. South Carolina 1 in 93
More 2014 State Farm deer collisions facts:
• The national cost per claim average is $3,888, up 13.9 percent from 2013 ($3,414).
• The months a driver is most likely to collide with a deer in the U.S., mostly due to mating and hunting seasons, are: November, October and December
• Ten percent of the country’s deer collisions occur in Pennsylvania (123,941 collisions), though when taking into account the amount of licensed drivers in the state, West Virginia still edges out as number one with a likelihood of 1 in 39 compared to Pennsylvania’s 1 in 71 (second ranked state).
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