States stand out among deer collision statistics

Of the 50 states where wild animals roam – sometimes onto busy highways, much to the chagrin of motorists, transportation officials, law enforcement, insurance companies, and likely the deer themselves – some 20 are standouts.

To this rogue gallery the State Farm Insurance Company has compiled a “Top 20” list of those states which are the most likely for a motorist to smack, crunch, pow, and ding a white-tailed deer.

In a report State Farm Insurance noted that the chances of experiencing a deer-motor vehicle accident are one in 169. Ah, but the rub is that not all states are created equal when it comes to deer messing up someone’s commute.

With that in mind, State Farm’s list of the 20 states with the greatest odds of a motorist and a deer meeting on the “no passing” centerline of the highway – in descending order, with the odds followed by the likely percentage of insurance rates increasing after an incident – are :

Twenty: Nebraska – 0.685; 3%
Nineteen: Kansas – 0.73%; 3%
Eighteen: Georgia – 0.75%; 22%
Seventeen: Ohio and Alabama (tie) – 0.79%; 18% and 16%, respectively.
Sixteen: Missouri – 0.81%; 21%
Fifteen: Maryland – 0.83%; 14%
Fourteen: North Dakota – also 0.83%, though State Farm lists the two states separately; 7%
Thirteen: Wyoming – 0.91%; Zero %
Twelve: Arkansas and Kentucky (tie) – 0.93%; 3% and 23%, respectively
Eleven: North Carolina – 0.97%; 39%
Ten: Michigan – 1.06%; 16%
Nine: South Carolina: 1.08%; 24%
Eight: Virginia and Minnesota (tie): 1.14%; 22% and 30%, respectively
Seven: Wisconsin – 1.18%; 22%
Six: Mississippi – 1.19%; 11%
Five: South Dakota – 1.22%; 4%
Three: Montana – 1.33%; 4%
Two: Pennsylvania: 1.14%; 15%
One: West Virginia – 2.56%; Zero percent

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