Deer are more active in the period of October through December, as they move around looking for food and as breeding season approaches.
"We know that there is an increased risk of collision with deer around dawn and dusk, and also during the October-December breeding season," said
The national average cost per claim for 2015-2016 was
And you don't have to be driving in the boondocks to see risks increase, said
"It's not unusual for us to answer calls of people hitting deer on (
For those keeping score at home, the state with the highest probability of drivers striking deer is
The state where you are least likely to hit a deer? Shouldn't be much of a surprise, but
The probabilities of hitting deer are based on a state's deer population, number of drivers and amount of rural roads.
If you see a deer bounding across the road, the best advice may seem counter-intuitive. You should hit the deer, according to the
* Slow down, particularly at dawn and dusk when deer are more active.
* If you see one deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the road.
* Use your high beams to see farther, except when there is oncoming traffic.
* Brake if you can, but avoid swerving, which could lead to a more severe crash.
* Remain focused on the road, scanning for hazards, including animals.
* Avoid distractions like devices and eating, which might cause you to miss seeing an animal.
* Do not rely on products such as deer whistles, which haven't been proven to be effective.
* If riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear and keep focus on the road ahead.
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