What's the chance of you hitting a deer with a vehicle?

What's the chance of you hitting a deer with a vehicle?

Arkansas drivers have a 1 in 107 chance of hitting deer, which is down from last year, according to State Farm.

Police are warning drivers to be extra cautious as more deer are being spotted on the roads.

Arkansas is ranked 13th in the nation for deer-car collisions. That's down from last year's ranking of 9th in the nation.

The months a driver is most likely to collide with a deer are October through December, which is hunting season. Sgt. George Martin with Jonesboro Police said they come across deer-involved accidents quite a bit.

"We have a lot of deer in the city," Martin said.  

According to the police database, there have been 144 animal-vehicle crashes since September of 2011.There are 6 police reports where deer appeared in very public places throughout Jonesboro.

"They do come out of the woods and then there's a car and when they stop running they run right into the car," Martin said.

Ricky Mashburn is the owner of Wreck Doctor Body Shop in Jonesboro and has seen his share of deer-involved accidents. He is currently repairing the front end of a car after the driver struck a deer.

"I think we have more deer than we used to," he said. Mashburn has been in business for 20 years and said he mostly deals with front-end damage and damage to the side of the vehicle.

Earlier this month a Paragould teen was seriously injured when her car collided with a deer on Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro.

An antler from the 5-point buck crashed through the driver's side window, impaling 17-year-old Tori Henry.

Henry was flown to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis where she underwent a five-hour surgery. She is home from the hospital and doing well.

To reduce your odds of colliding with a deer, the

Insurance Information Institute

offers these tips:

  • Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions.
  • Drive with caution when moving through deer-crossing zones, in areas known to have a large deer population and in areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forestland. Deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others may be nearby.
  • When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
  • Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.
  • Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Most people injured in car/deer crashes were not wearing their seat belt.
  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors to deter deer. These devices have not been proven to reduce deer-vehicle collisions.

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