A survey by State Farm Insurance has found the chance that a driver in Washington state will hit a deer during the next year rose by 10 percent despite a national decline.
The chance that a driver in Washington will collide with a deer is now 1 in 322, ranking the state 41st on the list of states where a deer collision is most likely to occur.
The increase in deer collisions comes at a time when much of the nation is noticing a decline.
State Farm says their data shows that November, during both hunting and mating seasons, is the month that deer-vehicle collisions are most likely. Approximately 18 percent of these accidents take place during November.
The average property damage cost during the final half of 2012 and the first half of 2013 was $3,414, up 3.3 percent from the year before.
The Insurance Information Institute offers these tips for reducing the odds of a deer-vehicle collision:
• Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds – if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.
• Be aware of posted deer crossing signs. These are placed in active deer crossing areas.
• Remember that deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.
• Use high beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.
• 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.
• Don’t rely on car-mounted deer whistles