Texans are more likely to have a deer collision this year according to new State Farm claims data and estimates. The odds Lone Star State drivers will hit a deer are 1 in 297; the national odds are 1 in 169. Texas ranked 39th in the nation in deer collision claims. State Farm estimates insurers will receive 52,000 deer collision claims in Texas in 2015.
November is the month drivers are most likely to collide with a deer; followed by October and December. In those three months, the likelihood of striking a deer more than doubles.
Deer collision claims cost an average of $4,135, up 6% from 2014.
For the ninth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where an auto insurance claim is most likely; Hawaii is at the bottom of the list with odds of 1 in 8,765.
Injuries, vehicle damage and fatalities all can result from vehicle collisions with deer. In 2013, 191 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