The odds Nebraska drivers will hit a deer this year are 1 out of 148, a decline of 13% compared to 2013. That is according to State Farm Insurance using claims and information from the Federal Highway Administration on the number of licensed drivers in the state. State Farm ranks Nebraska 23rd in the country for the most deer collisions, compared to 19th last year.
Spokesperson Ann Avery says in Nebraska drivers are most likely to collide with a deer during the months of October, November and December. That is mostly due to mating season and hunting. Injuries and fatalities can result from a collision with a deer. In 2012, 175 deaths were the result of collisions with an animal, most often deer. Avery reminds drivers to be alert and follow these tips to avoid a collision:
If you see a deer crossing sign be extra alert.
Always wear your seatbelt.
Use high beams at night if there is no on-coming traffic.
Deer travel in herds so if there is one more could follow.
Deer are on the move at dawn and dusk.
Deer are on all roads.
Avery says the national average cost per claim is up. The average claim cost estimate is $3,888, up nearly 14% from 2013.