U.S. Collision Frequency Trending Downward
Cheyenne, Wyo., Oct. 4, 2011 - Bucking the national trend, Wyoming deer-vehicle collisions rose by 7 percent between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. Using its claims data in conjunction with state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm® calculated the chances of a Wyoming motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months at one in 108, an increase in collisions from a year ago when the odds were one in 114.
Wyoming's 7 percent increase contradicts an accelerated downward trending across the U.S. for the third consecutive year where deer-vehicle collisions dropped by 7 percent. The U.S. percentage decline over the last year is nearly three times as large as during the previous two years combined.
"We can't put our finger directly on what's causing a decline in deer-vehicle collisions," said State Farm Spokeswoman Angela Thorpe. "However, calling attention to potential hazards like this one is part of our DNA."
For the fifth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where an individual driver is most likely to run in to a deer. The state in which deer-vehicle collisions are least likely is still Hawaii (1 in 6,267).
State Farm's data shows that November, the heart of the deer migration and mating season, is the month during which deer-vehicle encounters are most likely. More than 18 percent of all such mishaps take place during the 30 days of November, followed by October and then December.
The average property damage cost in the U.S. of these incidents during the final half of 2010 and the first half of 2011 was $3,171, up 2.2 percent from the year before.
Here are tips on how to reduce the odds of a deer-vehicle collision:
U.S. map showing likelihood of deer-vehicle collision by state
Chart listing likelihood of vehicle-deer collision by state
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Angela M. Thorpe, State Farm Corporate Public Affairs, (303) 264-1560.
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