Will you hit a deer?

Nebraska drivers are 3.5 percent more likely to collide with a deer this year than they were last year, according to new claims data from State Farm. The odds drivers will hit a deer in Nebraska are 1 in 143, compared to 1 in 149 last year, and this year’s national odds of 1 in 169.

Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm estimates the state by state chances of any single American motorist striking a deer, elk or moose.

More 2015 State Farm deer collisions facts:

  • Nebraska is ranked 25th in the country for the most collisions with deer. Nebraska was ranked 23rd in 2014.

  • The national cost per claim average is $4,135, up 6 percent from 2014 when the average was $3,888.

  • The months a driver is most likely to collide with a deer in Nebraska, mostly due to mating and hunting seasons, are October and November, followed by June.

  • For the ninth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where a collision is most likely with 1 in 44 odds. Hawaii rounds out the bottom of the list, also for the ninth year in a row, with 1 in 8,765 odds.

“Though Nebraska may not have as many deer collisions as West Virginia, these types of collisions still occur and we encourage all drivers to be cautious,” said Ann Avery, State Farm public affairs specialist.

In 2013, 191 people died in the United States from collisions with animals. Deer were the animals most often struck, according to the Insurance Information Institute and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

State Farm said these tips could help drivers avoid a collision:

  • Use extra caution in known deer zones

  • Always wear your seatbelt

  • At night, when there is no oncoming traffic, use high beams

  • Avoid swerving when you see a deer

  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles

  • Deer can be on any road, they are unpredictable and often move in groups.

  • Dusk to dawn are high risk times

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