And no matter how accomplished a rider you might be, a deer dashing back and forth across the road is at minimum nerve wracking or much worst if it includes a deer-vehicle confrontation.
Since 2007, State Farm has compiled a record of the collisions between its customers and deer, and it has used that data to estimate the likelihood of drivers around the country being involved in such an incident.
The total number of vehicle-deer collisions in the U.S. in the last reported year was 1,231,710. And given that not everyone reports a deer strike, and not every driver is insured – the true numbers are probably much higher!
Between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, Pennsylvania motorists hit more deer than drivers in any other states: an estimated 115,571. The rest of the top five: Michigan, 97,856; New York, 80,262; Ohio, 67,699; Wisconsin 52,525. You’re more likely to hit a deer in the fall. And on any given day in November, a collision with a deer is three times more likely than on any day from February through August.
The five most dangerous states account for 34 percent of all deer-vehicle collisions. The fewest car-deer collisions are in: Hawaii, 134; Washington, D.C., 495; Nevada, 1184; Alaska, 1253; Rhode Island, 2000.
According to the NHTSA about two percent of car-deer collisions and 1.3 percent of truck-deer collisions result in human injuries. I don’t have the stats, but am certain that a large percentage of bikers who hit a deer take an ambulance ride.
Photo courtesy of State Farm.