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Report: Motorists should keep an eye out for deer during the autumn

Here in New York, many people set aside time during the autumn months to drive to their cabins or see the vivid fall colors in other states. However, according to a recently released report, these motorists should be on the lookout for more than just highway patrol officers eager to hand out traffic violations. They should be on the lookout for deer.

A recently released report by State Farm Insurance Company shows that there were approximately 1.09 million deer-related car accidents in the United States between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.

Interestingly, by examining claims data and information provided by the Federal Highway Administration, the researchers were able to determine which states present the best chances for being involved in a deer-related car accident over the next year.

They found the following:

  1. West Virginia - Motorists have a 1 in 53 chance of hitting a deer over the next year
  2. Iowa - Motorists have a 1 in 77 chance of hitting a deer over the next year
  3. South Dakota - Motorists have a 1 in 81 chance of hitting a deer over the next year
  4. Pennsylvania - Motorists have a 1 in 86 chance of hitting a deer over the next year
  5. Michigan - Motorists have a 1 in 90 chance of hitting a deer over the next year

The study found that New York didn't even crack the top ten when it comes to the chances of hitting a deer over the next year.

Before you relax too much, however, consider that motorists in Hawaii have a 1 in 6,267 chance of hitting a deer over the next year.

In addition to the conclusions concerning the individual states, State Farm also made the following intriguing findings:

  • Motorists have the greatest chance of hitting a deer in the month of November, as deer-related accidents occur once every five seconds and are three times more likely to occur than during any November day than between February 1 and August 31
  • The average amount of property damage caused by deer-related accidents from the second half of 2010 through the first half of 2011 was $3,171

Stay tuned for further developments from our New York vehicle traffic law blog ...

If you have been issued a traffic violation, fight to keep your driving privileges and your insurance premiums as low as possible. Consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Related Resources:

The Idaho State Journal, "Deer-vehicle collision frequency down in the U.S.; up in Idaho" Sept. 28, 2011

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