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How Likely Are You to Hit a Deer While Driving?

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Hitting a deer on the road can be terrible. Your car can suffer terrible damage and there's a real risk of losing control and crashing. And, from the deer's point of view, it's also a decidedly unpleasant occurence.

How likely are you to hit a deer over the course of a year of driving? According to the insurance company State Farm, West Virginia is the riskiest state with a likelihood of 1 in 40. You're probably safe in Hawaii, where it's 1 in 6,801. In the state of New York, it's 1 in 141, so be careful when cruising through Brooklyn.

Link -via Joe Carter | Image: State Farm


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I used to go to children's soccer games in rural Virginia and parents would compare how many deer they had hit; "I hit 5", "I've hit 4", etc.
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Large cities like NYC definitely throw this chart off. I live in the Finger Lakes and have had two deer hit me (yes, both jumped into my car) in the the last three years. There's a 20 minute drive I make a few times a week that I'll see 10-15 deer on average either crossing the road or directly next to it.
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Used to live in CNY and had many near misses. At least NY cleans up its road kill. PA not so much. Seeing deer carcasses for so many year has imprinted my brain to think dead deer when I see a large palm frond in the road down here.
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