(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - If you live around the tri-state long enough, you may one day hit a deer with your vehicle, or at least come close.
This time of year, the mating season, is when most deer-related accidents happen. In accordance, State Farm Insurance has released their annual survey of deer vs. vehicle wrecks.
The report ranks Ohio 15th, Kentucky 23rd, and Indiana 26th in the likelihood of collisions with deer in 2012. In Indiana, State Farm projects 34,000 deer crashes for the period July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. That equates to a ratio of 1:163.2 for over 5.5 million licensed drivers in Indiana.
Ohio’s ratio was 1:117.6 with 67,699 deer accidents. Kentucky checked in with 22,650 crashes for a 1:130.3 ratio.
West Virginia ranked first in the study, followed by Iowa and South Dakota. The states where a deer-related crash was least likely were Hawaii, Arizona, and Nevada.
Over the last four years, the number of deer-related claims paid by the nation’s leading auto insurer has increased 7.9 percent while other similar auto claims have declined 8.5 percent.
“We have known for quite a while that the frequency of auto insurance claims has been declining,” said Chris Mullen, Director of State Farm Insurance Technology Research. “But whatever is causing that trend is obviously not impacting deer-related crashes.”