Car vs. deer collisions up 21 percent from last year

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – New numbers suggest Indiana drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash involving a deer this year than last.

State Farm issued the report. The insurance company looked at claim data along with information from the government. With that data, State Farm says Indiana drivers are 21 percent more likely to be involved in a crash involving a deer in 2015 than 2014.

In 2014 State Farm says the odds were one in 172 of hitting a deer. In 2015 those number grew to one in 142.

The insurance agency says that’s the second year in a row that Indiana saw an increase of more than 21 percent.

State Farm also says we’re in the biggest months for these accidents. The top three months for these types of accident are November followed by October and December. Part of the reason why is that its harvest season.

A sign is up in Trafalgar reminding drivers that farmers will be out with their equipment. The Johnson County Sheriff says that means deer will also be out. Sheriff Doug Cox says when farmers hit the field it pushes deer from the field out onto streets or highways.

State Farm released some tips on out to best avoid collisions. At night, when there is no oncoming traffic, use high beams and avoid swerving when you see a deer. Also, keep in mind that deer are on all roads, they’re unpredictable, often move in groups and the times of highest risk are between dusk to dawn.

The report also says in 2013 there were nearly 200 people killed from these types of collisions. Just Sunday morning a man was killed in Northwest Indiana when his motorcycle struck a deer and he was thrown from his bike. Police say he was not wearing a helmet.

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