What Are The Odds That You’ll Hit A Deer?
January 3, 2009
Odds are, you or someone you know in North Escambia has hit a deer. If not, odds are you won’t have to wait long for that to change — maybe even on your next trip out to the store.
The number of deer-vehicle collisions in the United States continues to rise, up 14.9 percent from five years ago, according to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The group says there are approximately 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions annually in the United States, causing more than 150 fatalities and $1.1 billion in property damage.
Earlier this week, Arty Kleinatland and his wife were returning from Atmore to their home off Highway 95A in Molino. About a mile north of Barrineau Park Road, the Kleinatlands another another crash to the deer-vehicle total. A 13-point, 162-pound buck collided with their Ford Expedition. On New Year’s Day, about 1:00 in the afternoon, a vehicle collided with another large buck on busy Highway 29 near Fran’s Diner in Molino. Those are just two of the many deer collisions that happen every year in North Escambia.
The number crunchers at State Farm Insurance have actually put odds on how likely it is for you to hit a deer. They say that 1 in 1,198 drivers in Florida will hit a deer this year. In Alabama, that number is 1 in 196. Florida’s odds are much lower due to the number of urban drivers in the big cities. Overall in the U.S., the odds say that 1 in 209 drivers will hit a deer this year. You are most likely, with the odds at 1 in 45 drivers, to hit a deer in West Virginia. The state in which deer-vehicle collisions are least likely is Hawaii at 1 in 10,962.
Here in North Escambia, our staff here at NorthEscambia.com tends to believe that the odds are much higher in our rural area. (Have you ever driven through Bay Springs or Enon on a winter night? It sometime seems like the odds are pretty good that you’ll hit more than one deer…per mile.)
State Farm says deer-vehicle collisions are more frequent during the deer migration and mating seasons in October, November and December. The combination of growing deer populations and the displacement of deer habitat caused by urban sprawl are producing increasingly hazardous conditions for motorists and deer, according to State Farm.
Pictured above: Arty Kleinatland with the 162-pound, 13-point buck that collided with his Ford Expedition on Highway 95A in Molino earlier this week. Pictured below: The daytime deer collision on New Year’s Day near Fran’s in Molino. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com.