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Steer Clear of Deer, W.Va. Ranks Number One

The Department of Natural Resources says this time of year we'll see more deer on the road because of mating season especially in the Mountain State.
BERKELEY COUNTY, WV - The Department of Natural Resources says this time of year we'll see more deer on the road because of mating season especially in the Mountain State.

"West Virginia is ranked number one for deer collisions," said Pam Neely, State Farm agent.

State Farm reports:
West Virginia ranked 1st with the likelihood of a deer collision of 1 in 41.
Pennsylvania ranked 5th with the likelihood of a deer collision of 1 in 77.
Virginia ranked 12th with the likelihood of a deer collision of 1 in 96.32.
Maryland ranked 18th with the likelihood of a deer collision of 1 in 123.

Neely says she sees more accidents involving deer in the months of October, November and December. She's even experienced it firsthand.

"I was driving down the road and the deer came out and hit me on the side of the car so I was already going past and it decided that it wanted to take up the same space on the road that I was," she said. 

State Farm agents say deer collisions have steadily been decreasing, but the average amount of damage caused is increasing.

Highway safety officials say deer collisions result in 200 fatalities and more than $3 billion dollars worth of vehicle damage every year.

Drivers have the option to be covered under insurance through comprehensive coverage, but you can also keep these tips in mind.

Neely said, "If you see one deer you're going to see three because they travel in herds. So if you see the one on the side of the road you know that there are others that are somewhere else."

The DNR also says don't swerve your car around to avoid hitting a deer. They say most serious crashes happened when the driver swerved their car and then hit something else.

Safety officials say the best option is to steer clear of deer.
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