Hunting season is just around the corner. In addition to the start of this season, this time of year also means that deer-related car crashes will most likely increase across our state. Historial data compiled by State Farm Insurance Agency suggests that about 1 in 70 Pennsylvania drivers will hit a deer in the next 12 months. We know that in our area, deer are a common sight. However, you may not know that Pennsylvania has the second highest deer-vehicle collision rate in the entire country (West Virginia has the highest rate).
Autumn is upon is, and there are a few seasonal things you need to keep in mind as you travel around our state this time of year. One of the most important things is keeping an eye out for deer, since the fall (especially October), is the most likely time you'll be involved in a deer-car collision. This makes sense, considering this type of the year is prime for deer mating and migration season.
As mentioned in previous posts on our site, right now is a VERY dangerous time of the year for Pennsylvania drivers when it comes to hitting deer. A recent local news article reported that, unfortunately, a deer caused a two car crash in Chambersburg that cause one of the vehicles to explode, killing all occupants inside the car. To read more about the accident, please click this link to explore the original article.
Several years ago, State Farm has released its annual deer-related collision report, and Pennsylvania was again listed as the fifth most likely state for a deer collision. Pennsylvania drivers have a roughly 1 in 77 chance of hitting a deer this year. Even though the odds seem good, State Farm has reported that the odds of colliding with a deer are actually down by 4.3 percent. The reason for the decline is simple. There are more registered drivers on the road.
State Farm compiled these numbers by look at the total number of deer collisions between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, and found that 1.22 million deer-related collisions occurred during that period, which they say is down by 3.5 percent compared to the previous year. State Farm also reports that November is the most likely month for an incident to occur, followed by October and December.
State Farm has reported that the "Top 5 Most Likely States for Deer Collisions" are as follows: 1) West Virginia; 2) Montana; 3) Iowa; 4) South Dakota; and 5) Pennsylvania.