Every year thousands of animals collide with or fly into vehicles. State Farm® just released the results of its animal collisions study.
- U.S. drivers have a 1 in 116 chance of having an insurance claim involving a collision with an animal.
- It is estimated that there were 1,942,048 animal collision claims industry-wide over the period from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
- The large majority of animal collisions are with deer, and for the year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 there were estimated to be 1,546,739 deer claims industry-wide.
The months drivers are most likely to collide with an animal in the Ohio are, in this order:
Avoiding Close Encounters of the Furry Kind
No matter what animals inhabit, there are certain precautions to take while driving to lower the chance of colliding with creatures great and small.
- Stay Alert. Pay attention to “deer crossing” and other road signs and be cautious in areas near woods or water.
- Use High Beams. Flicking your high beams on a deer in the road may cause the animal to scurry away. High beams also help illuminate dark roads.
- Don’t Swerve. If an animal-car crash is inevitable, maintain control of your vehicle and don’t veer off the road.
- Brake as Necessary. If you can avoid hitting the animal, reduce your speed, honk your horn and tap your brakes to warn other drivers. If there are no drivers behind you, brake hard.
- Remember Peak Season. Deer crashes happen most during October through December, which is hunting and mating season.
- Remember Meal Time. Watch for animals in or near roads between dusk and dawn.
- Watch for Herds. If you see one deer, there are probably more nearby.
- Don’t Rely on a Whistle. No scientific evidence supports that car-mounted deer whistles work.
- Wear Seat Belts. Always obey speed limits and wear seat belts.