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Fall Danger: How to Avoid Deer Versus Car Crashes

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BLOOMINGTON, Ill.) -- As the nation heads deeper into the fall season, the chances of Americans having a car crash involving a deer greatly increases.

More than a million deer-versus-car collisions occur annually in the U.S., according to data released Monday by State Farm Insurance.

The good news: that represents a 7 percent decline from the previous year.  The bad news: November and October, respectively, are the two most dangerous months for hitting a deer.

“State Farm’s data shows that November, the heart of the deer migration and mating season, is the month during which deer-vehicle encounters are most likely,” the insurer said in a statement.  “More than 18 percent of all such mishaps take place during the 30 days of November.”

Drivers in West Virginia carry the greatest risk of hitting a deer with their car -- a 1 in 53 chance -- according to State Farm.  The best place to drive, deer-free, appears to be Hawaii.

“The odds of a Hawaiian driver colliding with a deer between now and 12 months from now are approximately equal to the odds that that driver is a practicing nudist,” said the insurer.

[Click here to view State Farm’s map and see how your state ranks]

It can be a costly accident; State Farm estimates that the average cost of car repairs after a deer collision is more than $3,000.

To reduce your chances of hitting a deer, State Farm offers the following tips:  Be aware of posted deer crossing signs.  These are placed in active deer crossing areas.

Remember that deer are most active between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.  Use high-beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.  Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds -- if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.

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West Virginia Has Highest Risk of Deer-Car Accidents

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BLOOMINGTON, Ill.) -- For the fourth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where a driver is most likely to collide with a deer.  Auto insurer State Farm determined a driver's odds of hitting a deer in the state is one-in-42.

Iowa ranks second on the list, with odds of one-in-67, followed by Michigan with one-in-70.  Hawaii finishes off the list in last place,  with the odds of striking a deer standing at one-in-13,011.

State Farm said while the number of miles driven by U.S. motorists over the past five years has increased just two percent, the number of deer-vehicle collisions in this country during that time has grown by 10 times that amount.

Using its claims data, the company estimated 2.3 million collisions between deer and vehicles occurred in the U.S. during the two-year period ending on June 30. That's 21.1 percent more than five years earlier.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, deer-vehicle collisions in the U.S. cause about 200 fatalities each year. The average damage to a car or truck is $3,103.

The deer migration and mating season falls in the months of October, November and December, which happens to be the time period with the highest number of deer-car collisions.  More accidents are expected this year than in past seasons, since the deer population is growing and their habitats are being displaced by urban sprawl.

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