October 23, 2012 Deer-vehicle collisions are up across the United States compared to a year ago, and Oklahoma has jumped two notches in the national ranking for these mishaps.
The chances of you hitting a deer if driving in Oklahoma in the next 12 months are 1 in 195, placing the state at No. 31 in the country. Last year, the odds were 1 in 238, or 33rd in the U.S.
Using its claims data and the number of licensed drivers in each state, State Farm® estimates 1.2 million collisions between deer and vehicles occurred in the U.S. between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. Thats an increase of 7.7 percent over a year ago. The previous three years have seen an overall drop of 2.2 percent.
For the sixth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list. State Farm calculates the chances of a West Virginia motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months at 1 in 40, compared with 1 in 48 the year before.* South Dakota moved from third to second, at 1 in 68 on the list. Iowa drops from second to third, at 1 in 72.
The state in which deer-vehicle mishaps are least likely is still Hawaii (1 in 6,801). The odds of a driver in Hawaii colliding with a deer between now and 12 months from now are approximately equal to the odds that any one person will be struck by lightning during his or her lifetime.
Tips from the Insurance Information Institute on how to reduce the odds of a deer-vehicle collision:
*A change in State Farms claims reporting process caused the number of deer-vehicle collisions reported a year ago to be understated by 5.1 percent countrywide (more in some states, less in others). Thus, comparisons between data we provided a year ago and data in this news release should not be made. Links to the corrected numbers for last year (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011) are provided.
** This encompasses first-party, collision or comprehensive coverage claims not caused by weather, criminal activity or fire and not including breakage of glass claims.
Jim Camoriano, State Farm Public Affairs, (573) 499-2452 or (573) 289-6440
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