Texas drivers face increased likelihood of deer collisions
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Texas drivers face increased likelihood of deer collisions

46 percent of accidents October – December
(October 5, 2017) — Texas remains one of the least risky places in the country for deer collisions, but new auto claims data indicate drivers have an increased risk this year. 
Texans encounter a 1 in 269 chance of hitting a doe or buck in the next 12 months; that’s a 7 percent increase over last year, according to data compiled by State Farm®.
Other new data from the insurer reveal that nearly half of all deer-related crashes in Texas occur October to December.
The 15th annual State Farm deer claim study uses claims data and state licensed driver counts in its study. Part of the study also tracks claim expenses. The amount to fix your car from a deer strike has increased by about $200, with a national average insurance claim of $4,179.
Top 5 states:
Rank State ’17 Odds
1 West Virginia 1 in 43
2 Montana 1 in 57
3 Pennsylvania 1 in 63
4 Iowa 1 in 69
5 Wisconsin 1 in 72
38 Texas 1 in 269
What you can do:
  • Use extra caution and slow down in known deer zones
  • Dusk to dawn are high-risk times; use high beams when appropriate 
  • Scan the road and avoid swerving when you see a deer 
  • Always wear your seatbelt 
  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors to deter deer
After-crash tips:
  • Move your vehicle to a safe place: Pull to the side of the road and turn on your hazard lights. 
  • Call police:  If a deer is blocking traffic, it could be creating a threat for other drivers.
  • Document: Take photographs of the road, your surroundings and damage.
  • Avoid the animal: A frightened, wounded deer could use its legs and hooves to harm you. 
  • Contact your insurance company: Quickly file your insurance claim.
  • Don’t assume your vehicle is safe to drive: Look for leaking fluid, loose parts, tire damage, broken lights and other hazards.  
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