2009-10-01 / Features

Deer Crashes Are Likeliest In W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – For the third straight year, data gathered by State Farm Insurance shows that drivers in West Virginia are likelier to collide with deer than drivers in any other state.

State Farm estimates there's a one in 39 chance of a vehicle striking a deer in West Virginia, up from one in 45 last year.

The Bloomington, Ill.-based insurer says West Virginia and several neighboring states fall into the ``high risk'' category for deer collisions. Pennsylvania ranks third on the list, while Virginia is 10th and Maryland is 13th. Washington, D.C., has a low risk, coming in at 43rd.

Rounding out the top five were Michigan, Iowa and Montana. Hawaii has the lowest risk of deer-vehicle collisions, with one in 9,931 odds.

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