November Remains Hazardous Month for Striking Deer

This brief article reminds readers that November is the most hazardous month, statistically, for striking deer and other animals. The author reports findings from a Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) analysis that show insurance claims for crashes involving animals are nearly 3 times as high in November as in other months. The data also shows that West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky have higher insurance claim frequencies than other states for animal strikes in November. The article reviews the numbers of claims, the possible reasons why drivers are more likely to encounter deer during the fall months, average damage claim costs, and human fatalities from crashes involving animals. State Farm estimates there were 2.4 million vehicle-deer collisions on United States roads from July 2007 to July 2009; 18% more than 5 years earlier. Readers are referred to the HLDI website at for more details.


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  • Accession Number: 01149231
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 24 2010 8:04AM