Skip to main content
Blog Transportation

Data: Md. Motorists at ‘Medium Risk’ for Deer Collisions — W.Va. Is Most Dangerous

Drivers in the U.S. have a 1 in 116 chance of striking a deer or other animal, State Farm found in its 18th annual deer-vehicle collision study released this week. Deer — especially frisky bucks looking for a mate from October through December — create hazards on roads across the country.

Maryland is considered a medium risk state for animal collisions. Drivers in Maryland have a 1 in 107 chance of colliding with an animal on the road, the insurance company said.

Photo by Scott Carroll/

Sixty-seven percent of the more than 1.96 million animal collisions from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, involved deer, according to data from State Farm’s insurance records. Collisions involving dogs, cats, farm animals, large wild animals and large rodents were also included in the study.

West Virginia is the state with the greatest likelihood of animal collisions for the 14th year in a row, the study shows. There’s a 1 in 37 chance of a driver hitting a deer or other animal in the Mountaineer State. In 2019, State Farm had 7,721 auto claims for animal collisions in West Virginia.

Montana, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Mississippi, Minnesota and Wyoming were the other states in the top 10.

To see the story by Deb Belt as it originally appeared on, click here

Did someone forward this to you?
Get your own daily morning news roundup in your inbox.
Free. Sign up here.


Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our website. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

To republish, copy the following text and paste it into your HTML editor.


Creative Commons License AttributionCreative Commons Attribution
Data: Md. Motorists at ‘Medium Risk’ for Deer Collisions — W.Va. Is Most Dangerous