LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – According to statistics from State Farm insurance company, Arkansas has moved up to No. 9 on the list of states where a driver is most likely to hit a deer. It was number 12 on the previous list.
State Farm compiles the statistics every year from Federal Highway Administration information to calculate the chances. The company estimates there were 1.2 million deer-car accidents last year (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013), including 21,913 in Arkansas.
For the seventh consecutive year, West Virginia leads the list. It's followed by Montana, Iowa, South Dakota and Pennsylvania. Hawaii is last.
State Farm calculates the likelihood of any driver in the U.S. hitting a deer through June 30, 2014 at 1 in 174. It was 1 in 167 last year.
Here are a few tips to avoid deer.
*Deer generally travel in groups; if you see one, others probably are near.
*Heed deer crossing signs.
*Deer are most active at dawn and dusk.
*Use high beams when possible.
*Don't rely on car-mounted deer whistles.
See www.statefarm.com/about/retirees/news_articles/top-states-for-deer-collisions.asp for more information.