Deer Collisions Dent Vehicles and Pocketbooks
And, that problem could become even worse. The nation's top auto insurer, State Farm, processed 6,000 deer collision claims last year in Missouri. A State Farm Insurance report said the average damage from a deer-vehicle collision is $2,800, up $300 from last year.
"In Missouri, our increase is about 2.5%, added Mike Sanders of State Farm. "Missouri ranks 19th out of the 50 states on State Farm statistics."
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions kill 150 people each year and cause $1.1 billion in damage nationwide.
So, Sanders advised, "When you're in these areas where you see deer crossing signs or you're just in a rural area with the woods, be aware and slow down and just be on the lookout."
Sanders also said drivers should drive with their bright lights on at night and, if they see a deer, they should expect more just behind it.
Reported by Josh Fowler