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Chances of motorists hitting deer in Oklahoma are going up

by Ed Godfrey Published: October 29, 2012
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There seem to be a lot of deer-vehicle collisions in Oklahoma. But the chances of hitting a deer in Oklahoma is not as great as in most states.
In Oklahoma, there is a one in 195 chance that you will hit a deer while driving.
At least that is the claim of State Farm Insurance, which annually calculates the chances of motorists striking deer in every state and ranks the states accordingly.
The chances of hitting a deer in Oklahoma and across the United States continue to increase, according to State Farm.
Last year, the auto insurer calculated the odds of a motorist hitting a deer in Oklahoma at 1 in 238.
The number of deer-related collisions has increased by 7.7 percent in the United States, according to State Farm, and this is the time of year it most likely will happen.
Over the last four years, the number of deer-related claims paid by auto insurers has increased by 7.9 percent.
Even though Oklahoma has a deer population estimated near 1 million, Oklahoma is considered just a medium risk state.
Oklahoma ranks 31st in the country among states where motorists are most likely to hit a deer, up two spots from the previous year.
For the sixth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list. There is a 1 in 40 chance that a West Virginia motorist will hit a deer in the next 12 months. Hawaii is the least likely state it will happen, with a 1 in 6,801 chance.
To view a map on each state’s odds, click on  www.outdoorhub.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/deer-collision-map2012-590×442.jpeg

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by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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