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West Virginia drivers rank #1 in chances of hitting a deer

(WVVA) Drivers in West Virginia have a 1 in 46 chance of striking a deer.

It’s the highest in the country and more than double the national average of 1 in 162.

The Mountain State has managed to keep the dangerous distinction for the past 12 years, according to State Farm’s latest deer crash data.

The likelihood of hitting a deer in West Virginia is actually down three percent over the previous year. There were 25,176 deer claims reported between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Nationally, there were 1.33 million claims during the same time period. The average cost to fix your vehicle after a deer collision is $4,341, up $162 over the year before.

November is the worst month for hitting a deer, followed by October.

A lot of neighboring states are also considered ‘high-risk’ for deer collisions.

  • Kentucky – 1 in 107
  • Ohio – 1 in 134
  • Maryland – 1 in 138
  • Pennsylvania 1 in 63
  • Virginia – 1 in 99

The least likely states for drivers to hit a deer are Arizona (1 in 1,073), California (1 in 1,125), Hawaii (1 in 6,379) and Nevada (1 in 1,088).

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Top 10 States for Deer Collisions (State Farm)

  1. West Virginia
  2. Montana
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Iowa
  6. South Dakota
  7. Minnesota
  8. Michigan
  9. Wyoming
  10. Mississippi
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