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1 Out of 145 Drivers Will Hit A Deer At Some Point
Updated October 5, 2017 4:08 AM | Filed under: Accident
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(UNDATED) - As we dive into deer-season and deer mating season across the country, the likelihood that drivers anywhere will hit a deer jumps significantly, but in Indiana, one out of every 145 drivers will hit a deer.

That statistic is getting better according to State Farm, but still, offers a significant chance that you or a loved one will collide with a deer sometime during the year. Last year, one out of every 136 Indiana drivers were expected to hit a deer.

In Michigan, that chance nearly doubles to one out of every 85 drivers and in West Virginia, your chances of hitting a deer are one out of 43.

The average cost for deer-vehicle claims has also gone up nationwide to $4,179 from $3,995.

Mating season more than doubles the likelihood of collision with a deer. So be especially alert during the months of October, November and December.. Whether you hit a deer, or it jumps into the side of your vehicle, such collisions can cause significant injuries and property damage. No matter where you live, it's important to remain alert. Keep your eyes up and focused on the road. This helps you take action in the event a deer is suddenly in your path.

State Farm offers the following tips to keep drivers safe during these peak months:

  • Slow down, particularly at dusk and dawn
  • If you see one deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the road
  • Pay attention to deer crossing signs
  • Always buckle up, every trip, every time
  • Use your high beams to see farther, except when there is oncoming traffic
  • Brake if you can, but avoid swerving, which could result in a more severe crash
  • Remain focused on the road, scanning for hazards, including animals
  • Avoid distractions, like devices or eating, which might cause you to miss seeing an animal
  • Do not rely on products such as deer whistles, which are not proven effective
  • If riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear and keep focus on the road ahead

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