Georgia drivers at higher risk for deer-vehicle collisions

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – One out of 150 Georgia drivers is likely to be involved in a deer-vehicle collection over the next 12 months, according to claims data from State Farm Insurance.

Drivers in Georgia at are a slightly higher risk of having a vehicle-deer wreck than the national average of 1 out of 182 drivers, data show.

Deer-vehicle collisions in the U.S. cause about 200 fatalities each year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  The average property damage cost of these incidents was $3,103, that's up 1.7 percent from a year ago, according to State Farm.

Vehicle collisions with deer are more frequent during the deer migration and mating season in October, November and December.

State Farm's tips for avoiding deer-vehicle collisions:

  • Be aware of posted deer crossing signs, which are placed in active deer crossing areas.
  • Deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.
  • Use high -beam headlights whenever at night in areas from which deer will enter roadways.
  • Deer typically travel in herds – if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.
  • Do not rely on car-mounted deer whistles.
  • If a deer collision seems inevitable, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.

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