The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

October 23, 2012

Iowa third nationally on car v. deer crashes

OTTUMWA — It's probably no surprise to Iowa drivers that the state ranks near the top when it comes to the risk of deer collisions.

State Farm released its 2012 risk assessment on Tuesday. The listing puts Iowa in third nationally. Drivers here have a 1-in-72 risk of hitting a deer during the next year. Only West Virginia and South Dakota drivers have a higher risk.

The third-place ranking is actually a drop for Iowa, which ranked second in the 2010-2011 list. Iowa and South Dakota swapped places. West Virginia kept its crown. Each of the top five states saw the probability of a collision increase year-to-year.

Deer-car crashes rose 7.7 percent in the past year, reversing a three-year trend that saw decreasing numbers of collisions. There were an estimated 1.23 million collisions with deer between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

Nationally, the company estimates drivers have a 1-in-171 chance of hitting a deer in the next 12 months. Those are, it notes, about the same odds as being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

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