The worst states for deer collisions (30 items)
With the hopes of curbing deer collisions, the Utah Department of Transportation has spent more than $47 million on changes to the highway-bypass system since 2005, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.Just last May, UDOT built an 11-mile fence along U.S. Highway 89 east of Kanab. According to a report by KSL, between 1,000 and 2,000 deer cross that highway twice a year, leading to an estimated 100 to 105 deer collisions per year on U.S. 89 alone.
The state of Utah as a whole this year is projected to have 8,488 car accidents involving one or more deer, according to State Farm Insurance predictions which place the state as one of the more deer-dangerous in the country.The chance of a collision in Utah, according to the same report, is estimated to be roughly 1 in 205.9.
So what does that mean for your car insurance?According to a report by Jay MacDonald at Bankrate.com, the Insurance Information Institute says the average auto insurance claim for a deer collision stands at more than $3,000.
“Logic might suggest that such crashes would fall under the collision portion of your policy,” MacDonald writes. “But instead, animal-related damage is typically treated as an "other than collision" claim under your comprehensive coverage, or ‘comp,’ which covers so-called acts of God such as wind, hail and flood, as well as fire, vandalism and theft.”Bankrate also says not all deer-related accidents result from a collision. "A lot of times, you may not hit the deer; the deer may hit you or leap onto your car,” Ohio Insurance Institute spokesman Mitch Wilson told Bankrate. Here are the 30 states with the worst record for deer collisions.
1 of 30. Utah
Chance of collision: 1 in 205.9
2 of 30. Vermont
Chance of collision: 1 in 192.2
3 of 30. Maine
Chance of collision: 1 in 186.9
4 of 30. Delaware
Chance of collision: 1 in 167.8
5 of 30. Idaho
Chance of collision: 1 in 162.8