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Does Your State Rank Highest for Auto-Deer Collisions?

Justin Hoffman

The odds of hitting a deer during the fall months more than doubles. Find out if your state made the top five list for auto-deer collisions in 2015.

According to research by auto insurer State Farm, the odds a claim will be made in 2015 for hitting a deer, moose, or elk is 1 out of 169.

The odds of that happening during the months of October, November, and December more than doubles.

Here are the top five states which post the best odds for colliding with a deer, moose, or elk:

1. West Virginia        1 in 44

2. Montana                1 in 63

3. Iowa                        1 in 68

4. Pennsylvania       1 in 70

5. South Dakota        1 in 73

Hawaii ranks at the bottom with odds of 1 in 8,765.

Seasonal behavior patterns, deer densities, daily movement periods, and new and improved roads with higher speeds are some of the factors that increase the risk of an auto-deer collision.

The national cost per claim average is $4,135, which is up 6 percent from 2014.

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Does Your State Rank Highest for Auto-Deer Collisions?