If you are a hunter, it is likely that you are salivating over than headline. Put away the ammo, just for now though, since I am talking about hitting that buck (or doe) with your vehicle.
According to statistics provided by State Farm, Texas drivers are 3.4% more likely to collide with a deer than they were in 2013, and the possibility more than doubles in October, November and December. We’re not #1 in the hit-a-deer sweepstakes, but 39th among the states. (I wonder if that is due to the dead-eye accuracy of our hunters.)
It’s no surprise that the national average cost per claim is up about 14% to $3,888, but it’s important to remember that collisions can occur with frequency in urban areas as well as rural ones since the region west of San Antonio and Austin have the highest deer density in the state, according to Alan Cain, Texas Parks and Department White-tailed Deer Program Leader.
For the eighth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list for likely collisions with odds of 1 in 39 that you can expect some vehicle damage. Texas odds are 1 in 314 with the national average of 1 in 169. No surprise: Hawaii is at the bottom of the list for the eighth year in a row with 1 in 10,281 odds, meaning that you are more likely to win something on a scratch-off lottery ticket than to even see a deer.
While I make light of the numbers, the accidents are no joke. In 2012, 175 deaths were attributable to collisions with animals — primarily deer. So, here are some tips, just as a reminder: