The number of deer-related auto collisions in the U.S. has increased by 7.7 percent over the last year, according to State Farm. The nation’s leading auto insurer reports this jump follows a three-year period during which such collisions dropped 2.2 percent.
Drivers gearing up for holiday travel should be on high alert, as November is the month when deer-vehicle encounters are most likely. In fact, State Farm’s claims data shows more than 18 percent of all deer-related automotive mishaps take place during November, with October and December trailing closely behind (second and third, respectively). These findings are not too surprising, when deer mating season is taken into consideration.
“We have known for quite a while that the frequency of auto insurance claims has been declining,” said Chris Mullen, director, technology research at State Farm. “But whatever is causing that trend is obviously not impacting deer-related crashes.”
The average property damage cost of these incidents during the final half of 2011 and the first half of 2012 was $3,305, up 4.4 percent from the year before.