Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Insurer Rates W.Va. Most Likely Place for Drivers to Strike Deer

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Insurer Rates W.Va. Most Likely Place for Drivers to Strike Deer

Article excerpt

Deer, with their big eyes and fluffy white tails, may look innocent enough. But they kill more Americans than any other animal. Not that they mean to. These deaths occur when cars driven by people crash into deer that are crossing roads. And they're especially likely to happen over the next three months, when deer are friskily roaming around in search of mates to make fawns with.

Each year, deer in the United States are involved in more than more than 1 million collisions that cause more than 200 human deaths. They also cost a lot of money, according to State Farm, the country's top auto insurer, which says the average claim hovers around $4,000.

The company, in its annual effort to urge people not to smash into deer, recently used its claim data to come up with rankings for where such a collision is likely to happen. The most perilous state is West Virginia, whose drivers have a 1 in 41 chance of hitting a deer. Californians can breathe easier - their chances are 1 in 1,064. …

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