Iowa among top states where drivers are most likely to hit deer

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Iowa is in the top five on a list of states whose drivers are most likely to be involved in a deer-vehicle confrontation.

A survey by Sate Farm has placed Iowa third on the likelihood of a “deer-vehicle confrontation.”  Moving up from fourth after the 2012 survey, Iowa drivers have a 1 in 73 chance of hitting a deer.

Number one on the list is West Virginia; the odds of a driver in West Virginia hitting a deer within the next year are 1 in 41. Montana has the second spot, where the chances are 1 in 65. Fourth and fifth are South Dakota and Pennsylvania, respectively. Illinois was ranked at 32.

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“In each of the top five states, the probability of a deer-related collision for any given vehicle is less than it was a year ago,” said a spokesperson giving the results of the survey. State Farm estimated that 1.22 million collisions were caused by deer from July 2012 through June 2013. This was a 3.5 decrease from the previous year.

Data from the survey showed that November is the month when most deer-vehicle collisions occur. A spokesperson from State Farm said that nearly 20-percent of these collisions happen during November, “the heart of the deer hunting and mating seasons.” October is the second most likely month and December is third.

The Insurance Information Institute has offered some tips for drivers to avoid hitting deer,

  • Remember that deer usually travel in herds, if you see one deer, there is a good chance there are more nearby.
  • Watch for posted deer crossing signs.
  • Deer are most active between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Use high beam headlamps as much as you can at night to illuminate areas where deer will enter the roadway.
  • “Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars.”
  • Don’t rely on car-mounted deer whistles.

Click here for more tips from the Insurance Information Institute.