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Study shows Maine drivers 20% more likely to collide with a deer this year over last year
Study shows Maine drivers 20% more likely to collide with a deer this year over last year

Maine drivers are nearly 20 percent more likely to collide with a deer in the next 12 months than they were last year, according to new claims data from State Farm. The odds drivers will hit a deer in Maine the coming year are 1 out of 150, below the national odds of 1 in 169.

Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation’s leading auto insurer, calculates the chances of any single American motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months state by state.

More 2014 State Farm deer collisions facts:
• Maine is ranked 24 in the country for the most deer collisions

• The national cost per claim average is $3,888, up 13.9 percent 2013 when the average was $3,414.

• The months a driver is most likely to collide with a deer in Maine, mostly due to mating and hunting seasons, are:
1. November
2. October
3. December

• For the eighth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where a collision is most likely with1 in 39 odds. Hawaii rounds out the bottom of the list, also for the eighth year in a row, with 1 in 10,281 odds.

Though Maine may not have as many deer collisions as West Virginia, these types of collisions still occur and we encourage all drivers to be cautious.

Avoid becoming a statistic
Injuries, vehicle damage and fatalities all can result from vehicle collisions with deer. In 2012, 175 deaths were the result of collisions with animals, with deer being the animal most often struck, according to the Insurance Information Institute and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

These tips could help drivers avoid a collision:
• Use extra caution in known deer zones
• Always wear your seatbelt
• At night, when there is no oncoming traffic, use high beams
• Avoid swerving when you see a deer
• Scan the road for deer and other danger signs
• Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles

And here are some deer facts that all drivers should know:
• Deer are on all roads
• Deer are unpredictable
• Deer often move in groups
• Deer movement is most prevalent in the fall
• Dusk and dawn are high risk times

Whether you live in Pennsylvania or Hawaii, it’s important that drivers are practicing safe driving habits and watching out for animals on the road. Wearing your seat belt and practicing defensive driving tactics could make a significant difference

For more safety tips and state-by-state statistics, please click here.

Methodology:
Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation’s leading auto insurer, calculates the chances of any single American motorist striking a deer during the time frame of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data has been projected for the insurance industry as a whole, based on the State Farm personal vehicle market penetration within each state. The State Farm data is based on comprehensive and collision claims only. Claims involving policyholders with liability insurance coverage only are not included.

About State Farm®:
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm is ranked No. 41 on the 2014 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com or in Canada http://www.statefarm.ca.

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (Archive on Tuesday, October 7, 2014)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre
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