(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.
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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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