As dusk falls and visibility becomes more difficult, two deer bounded onto the busy road. It’s not an uncommon sight for many drivers, especially in October, November and December. New data shows U.S. drivers on the average have a 1 in 116 chance of a collision with an animal, according to the State Farm® annual study. The company estimates there were over 1.9 million animal collision insurance claims in the U.S. between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
Where are animal collisions most likely?
West Virginia continues to top the list of states where an individual driver is most likely to run into an animal, with a likelihood of one in 37.
Montana (one in 47 chance of a crash), Pennsylvania (one in 51 chance of a crash) and South Dakota (one in 53) are at the top of the list. Rounding out the top 10 states where drivers are most likely to collide with an animal are Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Mississippi, Minnesota and Wyoming. The months drivers are most likely to collide with a large animal in the U.S. are (in order) November, October and December.