Deer-vehicle collisions in Nebraska

By: Dan Messineo

It's an unusual ranking for Nebraska drivers; State Farm Insurance ranks Nebraska 12th in the country for deer-vehicle accidents, which puts the state in the high-risk category.

Deer- related collisions are on the rise in the U.S.  State Farm says more than one million accidents between July of 2011 and June of 2012 can be blamed on deer.  Some of those accidents are happening here in Nebraska. 

State Farm puts Nebraska 12th in the country and considers it a high risk area.  This means one in 106 Nebraska motorists has a chance of hitting a deer. 

State Farm's study shows three times as many vehicle-deer collisions happen during the month of November, making it the number one month during the year for such accidents. 

How can you avoid this type of accident?

State Farm says to mind those deer crossings and use high beam lights as much as possible.  Also, deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m., so pay close attention to the road during those times.  

The state with the highest collision rate is West Virginia and the state with the least amount of deer collision accidents is Hawaii.