Report: 1 in 89 Arkansas drivers will crash into a deer

The chances of a driver in Arkansas colliding with a deer during the next year have increased, according to State Farm.

Arkansas has moved up to number nine, from 12, climbing past Michigan, North Dakota, and Virginia in the country wide rankings for a year ago. State Farm reviewed information from Federal Highway Administration to calculate the chances.

State Farm estimates that from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 drivers in the state had 21,913 vehicle deer collisions. Those accidents cost Arkansans approximately $75 million and that does not include uninsured drivers.

November, the heart of the deer hunting and mating season, is the month where the collisions are most likely. Approximately 18 percent of deer-vehicle accidents happen during November.

For the seventh year in a row, West Virginia is the state where deer related accidents are the most likely happen with a ratio of 1 in 41 drivers. The state where deer-vehicle mishaps are least likely continues to be Hawaii, where the chances are just 1 in 6,787.

State Farm offers several tips for avoiding deer related accidents including:

  • Keep in mind that deer generally travel in groups - if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.
  • Notice posted deer crossing signs. These are placed in active deer crossing areas.
  • Remember that deer are most active between 6 and 9 PM.
  • Use high beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.
  • If a deer collision seems inevitable, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Don't rely on car-mounted deer whistles.