Hit Your Deer This Year? What Are The Odds?

What are the odds of you having a vehicle crash with a deer in Minnesota during the next year? Precisely 1 in 80, according to a survey by State Farm Insurance. The company released data on deer crashes in a news release today.

Minnesota ranks sixth among all states for the likelihood of drivers hitting deer. For the seventh year in a row, West Virginia ranks first (1 in 41). Second through fifth places go to Montana (1 in 65), Iowa (1 in 73), South Dakota (1 in 75) and Pennsylvania (1 in 77).

The state where you’re least likely to clip a deer? Hawaii, at 1 in 6,787.

Eighteen percent of all car-deer crashes occur in November, when most car-deer accidents occur, according to State Farm, when deer are mating.

Average property damage cost of these collisions was $3,414 in late 2012 and early 2013, according to the company.