The likelihood of hitting a deer with your car in Nebraska is still great, but the risk is falling, according to an annual insurance company survey.
Ann Avery, with State Farm, says the odds of having a Bambi encounter in Nebraska are one in 131, but that’s down significantly from a year ago. Also, Avery says the number of deer-car collisions has dropped nationwide.
“We’d like to think it’s due in part at least to the amount of attention that’s being drawn to this issue, because awareness is very important,” Avery says, “especially in these coming months when the likelihood (of a collision) is at a peak.”
Avery says they can’t say how the individual deer populations in each state impact the rankings, but she does say efforts to let people know about the dangers of such collisions can help any state reduce its collisions.
She says avoiding deer crashes is important for safety reasons, plus, it can also prevent costly repairs.
“The average property-damage costs of these kinds of incidents during the final half of 2012 and the first half of 2013 was $3,414 — up three-point-three percent from the year before,” Avery explains.
The survey says Nebraska has a 22-percent drop in the risk of deer collisions for the year ahead. The state dropped from 14th on the list last year to 19th this year, meaning, you’d be more likely to hit a deer in 18 states other than Nebraska. West Virginia topped the list of states where you are most likely to run into a deer for the seventh year in a row, while Hawaii was again at the bottom of the rankings.
Avery has these tips for drivers to avoid hitting a deer.
“Deer generally travel in herds, so if you see one, there’s a strong possibility that others are nearby,” Avery says. She says be aware of the deer crossing signs as they indicate areas where the deer are known to roam. “We also want you to remember that deer are most active between 6 and 9 P.M.”
State Farm estimates there were 1.2-million deer collisions between July 1st of 2012 and June 30th of 2013, a 3.5% reduction compared to the previous year.