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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Car vs. deer crashes: We're No. 3 in nation
The Associated Press
Wisconsin is third in the nation when it comes to crashes between deer and vehicles, State Farm Insurance said today.
The company based its rankings on claims data from the last half of last year and first half of this year along with motor vehicle registration counts from the Federal Highway Administration.
West Virginia is the place where drivers are most likely to hit deer, with an estimated 1 in 57 chance of hitting one in the next 12 months, the company said. Michigan is next at 1 in 86.
Drivers in Wisconsin have a 1 in 99 chance of hitting a deer in the next year.
The best bet for avoiding deer? Hawaii. Drivers there have only a 1 in 16,624 chance of hitting a deer, State Farm said.
The number of deer-vehicle collisions increased 6.3 percent nationwide in the past year, State Farm said. The average property damage cost of a deer crash was up 3 percent to almost $2,900.