Study: TN, Virginia continue to be high risk states for deer driver damage


West Virginia continues to lead the nation in the likelihood of drivers filing an insurance claim due to a deer damage crash according to results released from an annual report issued Thursday by State Farm.

The data showed 1 out of every 43 drivers in the state run the risk of being involved in a crash that includes a deer. Neighboring Virginia was just outside the top 10 with one out of every 143 drivers in a possible deer collision.

Montana, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Wisconsin round out the top 5, the report showed.

The crashes occur year round, the insurer reported, but the onset of deer mating season in October, November and December doubles the risk.

Kentucky is ranked 15th followed by North Carolina at 16; Tennessee is ranked 26th in the nation, according to the research.

Tips provided by the company to drivers include:

If you see one deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the road. Slow down at dusk and dawn. Pay attention to deer crossing signs. Do not rely on products such as deer whistles. They are not proven effective.

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