Deer Collisions Spike

Especially in South Carolina

Evan Smith
November 02, 2018 - 8:30 am

Drivers out there, be warned: deer collisions are on the rise.

Here in the Palmetto State, it’s especially worrisome. According to a survey released earlier this month by State Farm, South Carolina drivers have a 1 in 98 chance of colliding with a deer.

Compare that to odds of a motorist striking a deer, elk, moose or caribou anywhere else in the country, which is 1 in 167.

The survey, conducted every year since 2002, takes insurance claims data and compares them to state licensed-driver counts.

West Virginia tops the nation in deer collisions – for the 12th consecutive year, no less – with chances at 1 in 46. South Carolina comes in at number 11 in the nation.

Every year in the United States, deer collisions total more than one million, causing more than 200 human deaths. But even those who emerge unscathed will likely have to pay an average of about $4,300 to fix the damage.

And now, since we made it this far in the story without a deer pun, here it is: oh deer!

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