Roadkill

A roadkill deer along U.S. Highway 191

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For the 11th consecutive year, West Virginia has topped State Farm's list for the likelihood of vehicles crashes involving deer. Montana took second on the list.

Using claims data, the Bloomington, Illinois-based insurer released its annual deer claim study list Monday.

State Farm says the odds of a vehicle collision involving deer are 1 in 43 in West Virginia. That represents a slightly better outlook for drivers from 2016, when the odds were 1 in 41.

Montana was next, followed by Pennsylvania, Iowa and Wisconsin. The chances of hitting a deer were lowest in Hawaii at 1 in 6,823.

State Farm says the average claim to fix vehicle damage was $4,179, up from $3,995 the year before. October through December are the months when drivers are most likely to hit a deer.

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