The odds that an individual driver in the United States will crash into a deer during the next year have declined by 4.3 percent. South Carolina drivers face a higher likelihood of striking a deer than the national average and rank 11th out of the 50 states.
Using its claim data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, calculates the chances any single American motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months at 1 in 174, compared with 1 in 167 the year before.
For the seventh year in a row, deer-vehicle confrontations are most probable in West Virginia. The chances of any single licensed driver in that state hitting a deer between now and year from now are 1 in 41.
The state in which deer-vehicle mishaps are least likely is still Hawaii at 1 in 6,787.
State Farm estimates 1.22 million collisions caused by the presence of deer between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, a 3.5 percent decrease from a year ago.