How likely are you to have an animal collision?

What can you do to try to avoid hitting deer and other animals when driving on highways and roads?

As dusk falls and visibility becomes more difficult, two deer leap 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 109 chance of a collision with an animal, according to the State Farm® annual analysis. The company estimates there were over 2 million animal collision insurance claims in the U.S. between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (almost 200,000 more claims than in the previous 12-month period observed).

Where are animal collisions most likely?

West Virginia continues to top the list of states where an individual driver is most likely to hit an animal, with a likelihood of 1 in 37.

Montana (1 in 39 chance of a crash), South Dakota (1 in 48 chance), Michigan (1 in 54 chance of a crash) and Pennsylvania (1 in 54) are at the top of the list. Rounding out the top 10 states where drivers are most likely to collide with an animal are Wisconsin, Mississippi, Wyoming, Minnesota and Iowa. The months drivers are most likely to collide with a large animal in the U.S. are (in order) November, October and December.

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High Risk States

Medium Risk States

Low Risk States

2021-2022 Odds Of
Collision with Animals
2021-2022 State Ranking Percent Change
Low RiskCategory header for Low Risk States
AlaskaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 292State Ranking(2021-22)46
ArizonaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 301State Ranking(2021-22)47
CaliforniaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 260State Ranking(2021-22)45
ColoradoOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 179State Ranking(2021-22)41
ConnecticutOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 199State Ranking(2021-22)43
District of ColumbiaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 569State Ranking(2021-22)51
FloridaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 306State Ranking(2021-22)48
HawaiiOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 474State Ranking(2021-22)50
NevadaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 430State Ranking(2021-22)49
New MexicoOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 182State Ranking(2021-22)42
WashingtonOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 200State Ranking(2021-22)44
Medium RiskCategory header for Medium Risk States
DelawareOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 105State Ranking(2021-22)27
IdahoOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 103State Ranking(2021-22)26
IllinoisOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 137State Ranking(2021-22)36
IndianaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 100State Ranking(2021-22)24
LouisianaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 149State Ranking(2021-22)38
MarylandOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 110State Ranking(2021-22)29
MassachusettsOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 116State Ranking(2021-22)31
New HampshireOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 137State Ranking(2021-22)35
New JerseyOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 173State Ranking(2021-22)40
New YorkOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 124State Ranking(2021-22)32
OklahomaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 101State Ranking(2021-22)25
OregonOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 144State Ranking(2021-22)37
Rhode IslandOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 127State Ranking(2021-22)33
Tennessee Odds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 108State Ranking(2021-22)28
Texas Odds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 136State Ranking(2021-22)34
UtahOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 166State Ranking(2021-22)39
VermontOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 113State Ranking(2021-22)30
High RiskCategory header for High Risk States
AlabamaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 88State Ranking(2021-22)21
ArkansasOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 70State Ranking(2021-22)12
GeorgiaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 83State Ranking(2021-22)18
IowaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 59State Ranking(2021-22)10
KansasOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 87State Ranking(2021-22)19
KentuckyOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 88State Ranking(2021-22)20
MaineOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 75State Ranking(2021-22)16
MichiganOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 54State Ranking(2021-22)4
MinnesotaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 58State Ranking(2021-22)9
MississippiOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 57State Ranking(2021-22)7
Missouri Odds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 74State Ranking(2021-22)14
MontanaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 39State Ranking(2021-22)2
NebraskaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 95State Ranking(2021-22)23
North Carolina Odds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 77State Ranking(2021-22)17
North DakotaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 62State Ranking(2021-22)11
OhioOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 95State Ranking(2021-22)22
PennsylvaniaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 54State Ranking(2021-22)5
South CarolinaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 71State Ranking(2021-22)13
South DakotaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 48State Ranking(2021-22)3
VirginiaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 75State Ranking(2021-22)15
West VirginiaOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 37State Ranking(2021-22)1
WisconsinOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 56State Ranking(2021-22)6
WyomingOdds Of Collision with Animal(2021-22)1 in 58State Ranking(2021-22)8

How can you avoid deer (and other animals) in your headlights?

The growing deer and other animal populations, combined with the displacement of animal habitats, are making it more dangerous on the road, and making driver crashes more likely. The top 10 animal collisions reported by State Farm were: deer, unidentified animals, rodents, dogs, racoons, cattle, coyotes, turkey, cats and birds. And rounding out the list in last place are tortoises.

There may be no real way to keep animals off the road, but these important safety tips can help prevent animal strikes.

Tips to avoid animals on the road

  • Stay alert. Pay attention to "deer crossing" and "wildlife crossing" signs and be cautious in areas near woods or water.
  • Use high beams. Flicking your high beams on an animal in the road may cause the animal to scurry away. High beams also help illuminate dark roads.
  • Don't swerve. If a car crash is inevitable, maintain control of your vehicle and don't veer off the road.
  • Brake as necessary. If you can avoid hitting the animal, reduce your speed, honk your horn and tap your brakes to warn other drivers. If there are no drivers behind you, brake hard.
  • Remember peak season. Animal collisions happen most during October through December, which is hunting and mating season.
  • Remember meal time. Watch for animals in the road between dusk and dawn.
  • Watch for herds. If you see one deer, there are probably more nearby.
  • Don't use a whistle. No scientific evidence supports that car-mounted deer whistles work.
  • Wear seat belts. Always obey speed limits and wear seat belts.

Does car insurance cover animal damage?

Did you know that a deer collision or other animal damage may be covered by comprehensive coverage? Contact your State Farm agent to learn more about comprehensive coverage.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.
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