Fall means deer hunting season to many and the reality is that there are more deer running around our neighborhoods and onto our roads at this time of year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are approximately 1.5 million deer, elk and moose-car accidents in the United States every year. One-hundred-fifty to 200 of those collisions result in a human fatality, the average damage to a car or truck is $3,103 and the total cost of property damage is estimated at $1.1 billion annually. Deer populations have been growing while being simultaneously displaced by urban sprawl, which is leading to more accidents each year. According to State Farm’s claims data, there were 2.3 million car-deer vehicle collisions for the two-year period ending on June 30, 2010. That’s 21.1 percent more than five years earlier.Read More