Pennsylvania’s made a top-ten list, but this one’s not good news for Keystone State drivers — especially during deer mating season.
State Farm Insurance released their yearly study on deer collisions across the country using data from 2009 and part of 2010. State Farm Spokesperson Dave Phillips says each year there are approximately 2.3 million deer collisions nationwide:
“Pennsylvania is in the top ten in deer collisions across the country. It’s number six — it slipped from number four — but nontheless there is still a 1-in-85 chance of hitting a deer here in the Commonwealth.”
Compare that with a 1-in-150 chance in Delaware and 1-in-183 in New Jersey. Phillips says it’s a costly proposition to repair your car:
“It’s expensive. And it’s up about 1.7 percent over last year. It’s over $3100, that is the average cost of a claim for a deer collision.”
Phillips says the key is to stay alert. Deer are more active between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. and travel in herds. So if you see one, there are probably several more near by.
Reported by KYW Newsradio’s Michelle Durham