A white tailed deer crosses in front of traffic in the Cleveland Metroparks reservation in Berea, Ohio, Friday, Nov. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) By Mark Duncan
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) -- State Farm insurance company says the number of deer-vehicle collisions has dropped nationally for the third year in a row.
The Bloomington-based insurance company said Monday that client data show a 7 percent drop in deer-vehicle collisions between July 2010 and June 2011. Data show 1.09 million collisions between deer and vehicles during that time period.
State Farm says motorists in West Virginia are most likely to run into a deer. The state tops the list for the fifth year in a row. Iowa is second and South Dakota is third, followed by Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Deer-vehicle collisions are least likely in Hawaii.
State Farm classifies Illinois as a medium-risk state, saying odds are 1 in 250 of having a deer and vehicle collision.