It is not uncommon for car owners to hit deer while driving. On a national average, your chances of hitting a deer are one in 164, and doubles during deer season (usually October through December). In 2015, the national rate for colliding with a deer, elk, or moose was one in 169. In 2016, the number slightly decreased and the insurance claims cost for deer collisions dipped by $140.

West Virginia leads the nation as the state where you are most likely to hit a deer, where the odds are one in 41, which is up 7% from 2015. Montana, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and South Dakota rank behind West Virginia as the next worst states for deer accidents.

Here is a full list of your probability of hitting a deer while driving by state:

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Probability of Deer Collision by State


State Ranking 2015-2016
State
Probability of Collision With Deer2015-2016
State Ranking 2014-2015
Probability of Collision With Deer2014-2015
Percent Increase or Decrease


1
West Virginia
1 in 41
1
1 in 44
7% Increase


2
Montana
1 in 58
2
1 in 63
9% Increase


3
Pennsylvania
1 in 67
4
1 in 70
5% Increase


4
Iowa
1 in 68
3
1 in 68
No Change


5
South Dakota
1 in 70
5
1 in 73
4% Increase


6
Wisconsin
1 in 77
6
1 in 77
No Change


7
Minnesota
1 in 80
7
1 in 81
1% Increase


8
Michigan
1 in 85
10
1 in 97
14% Increase


8
Wyoming
1 in 85
12
1 in 100
18% Increase


10
Mississippi
1 in 87
8
1 in 88
1% Increase


11
North Dakota
1 in 91
14
1 in 113
24% Increase


12
South Carolina
1 in 93
9
1 in 95
2% Increase


13
Virginia
1 in 94
10
1 in 97
3% Increase


14
Arkansas
1 in 96
13
1 in 101
5% Increase


15
Kentucky
1 in 103
14
1 in 113
10% Increase


16
North Carolina
1 in 115
16
1 in 115
No Change


17
Missouri
1 in 117
17
1 in 120
3% Increase


18
Kansas
1 in 125
18
1 in 125
No Change


19
Georgia
1 in 126
19
1 in 128
2% Increase


19
Ohio
1 in 126
20
1 in 131
4% Increase


21
Nebraska
1 in 132
25
1 in 143
8% Increase


22
Alabama
1 in 135
21
1 in 133
2% Decrease


23
Indiana
1 in 136
23
1 in 142
4% Increase


24
Maine
1 in 138
28
1 in 158
15% Increase


25
Maryland
1 in 139
22
1 in 134
4% Decrease


26
Idaho
1 in 147
26
1 in 146
1% Decrease


26
Tennessee
1 in 147
29
1 in 170
16% Increase


28
Delaware
1 in 148
23
1 in 142
4% Decrease


29
Utah
1 in 150
30
1 in 195
30% Increase


30
New York
1 in 161
27
1 in 159
4% Decrease


31
Vermont
1 in 175
30
1 in 195
11% Increase


32
Illinois
1 in 192
33
1 in 199
4% Increase


33
Oklahoma
1 in 195
32
1 in 198
2% Increase


34
New Hampshire
1 in 234
35
1 in 252
8% Increase


35
Oregon
1 in 239
35
1 in 252
5% Increase


36
New Jersey
1 in 250
34
1 in 234
6% Decrease


37
Colorado
1 in 263
40
1 in 304
16% Increase


38
Texas
1 in 288
39
1 in 297
3% Increase


39
Louisiana
1 in 300
41
1 in 335
12% Increase


40
Washington
1 in 307
42
1 in 337
10% Increase


41
Connecticut
1 in 313
38
1 in 293
6% Decrease


42
Rhode Island
1 in 345
37
1 in 264
24% Decrease


43
Alaska
1 in 468
44
1 in 516
10% Increase


44
New Mexico
1 in 475
45
1 in 518
9% Increase


45
Massachusetts
1 in 635
43
1 in 443
30% Decrease


46
Washington, D.C.
1 in 689
48
1 in 1035
50% Increase


47
Florida
1 in 903
46
1 in 930
3% Increase


48
Nevada
1 in 1018
49
1 in 1134
11% Increase


49
California
1 in 1064
47
1 in 1048
9% Decrease


50
Arizona
1 in 1175
50
1 in 1334
14% Increase


51
Hawaii
1 in 18955
51
1 in 8765
54% Decrease



United States Average
1 in 164

1 in 169
3% Increase

How hitting a deer affects your car insurance

The average deer strike claim was $3,995 in 2016, less than $4,135 in 2015, according to State Farm. Damages from deer collisions are covered by comprehensive insurance, which is optional coverage. Comprehensive insurance also covers theft, vandalism, hail, fire, and other incidents that are deemed to be beyond your control. Comprehensive claims don't generally raise your rates unless you have recently filed additional claims.

If you swerve to miss a deer and are successful but crash – perhaps you hit a tree instead – that damage is covered by collision insurance. If your car doesn't make contact with the deer the damage is considered a collision claim because you hit another car or object (or rolled your vehicle).

Deer are the most common wild animals to watch out for – even a small deer can completely total your car in an accident. And although your chances are highest in the states listed above, deer can be encountered almost anywhere, not just in rural areas. A deer warning whistle can provide you with at least some additional protection as they provide an added layer of protection. You should always remain alert to the threat posed by deer and drive carefully at all times.

This article is adapted with approval from carinsurance.com: http://www.carinsurance.com/Articles/odds-of-hitting-deer.aspx

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as The States With the Highest Number of Deer Accidents and was authored by Emily Edwards.


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