Texas Drivers More Likely To Be Involved In Deer Collisions

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas drivers should be wary of man and beast while on the roadways. According to research by an American insurance group, drivers in the Lone Star State are among those more likely to hit a deer in the coming year.

State Farm used claims data to help calculate the chances of motorists striking a deer over the next 12 months. Here in Texas the odds are one in 288, which is a lower risk than the rest of the nation, but three-percent higher than last year.

Texas ranks 38th in the country for the most potential deer collisions, up from 39th in 2015. The number of licensed vehicles and number of deer hits, more than 2,400, were also taken into account when factoring the chance of encountering deer on Texas roadways.

Nationally, drivers are three-percent more likely to hit a deer, elk, or moose in the coming year compared to last year, with the most likely months for the collisions being  November, October, December.

Drivers are urged to use extra caution and slow down in deer zones, to use high beam headlights when appropriate and avoid swerving seeing a deer. It also helps to know that the highest risk times are between dusk and dawn.

West Virginia tops the list of states where a deer collisions are most likely with 1 in 41 odds. Montana, Pennsylvania, Iowa and South Dakota round out the top five.

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