Lincoln – The odds that an individual driver in the United Stateswill crash into a deer during the next year have declined by 4.3-percent.
Using its claims data and statelicensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm calculatedthe chances of any single American motorist striking a deer over the next 12months.
They say the chance of hitting adeer is one in 174, compared to 1 in 167 the year before.
This isgood news for Nebraskans as the state boasts a particularly high likelihood andsaw a substantial drop.
Among the41 states where these confrontations are most likely, the decline in likelihoodis particularly notable in North Dakota, who saw a drop of over 24-percent, andNebraska, who saw a drop of 22-percent.
Nebraskaranks 19th on the list, down from 14th place last year. In Nebraska, thechance of a motorist hitting a deer in the coming year is 1 in 131.
The probability of deerto vehicle collisions dropped by 12.6-percent in South Dakota and Michigan hadthe fourth largest descent of just over 11-percent. Kansas saw a drop of over 11-percentand rounds out the top five.
For the seventh year in a row,deer-vehicle confrontations are most probable in West Virginia. The chances ofany single licensed driver in that state hitting a deer between now and a yearfrom now are 1 in 41.
Montana remained second on thelikelihood list and Iowa moved up one spot to third.
"This data is encouraging," saidChris Mullen, Director-Strategic Resources. "We would like to think theattention we call to this issue each fall has had an impact. Obviouslythere are other factors at play as well."
State Farm's data shows thatNovember, the heart of the deer hunting and mating seasons, is the month duringwhich deer-vehicle encounters are most likely.
Approximately 18-percent of all suchmishaps take place during the 30 days of November.
Deer-vehicle collisions are threetimes more likely to occur on a day in November than they are on any daybetween February 1st and August 31st.
October is the second most likelymonth for a crash involving a deer and a vehicle. December is third.
Here are tips on how to reduce theodds of a deer-vehicle confrontation:
- Keep in mind that deer generallytravel in herds – if you see one, there is a strong possibility others arenearby.
- Be aware of posted deer crossingsigns. These are placed in active deer crossing areas.
- Remember that deer are most activebetween 6 and 9 p.m.
- Use high beam headlamps as much aspossible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.
- If a deer collision seemsinevitable, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose controlof your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
- Don't rely on car-mounted deerwhistles.