Risk of colliding with deer decreasing

By Mary Rose Williams

September 30, 2013 Updated Oct 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Fall is a time for beautiful colors, breezy weather, and...deer collisions.

According to State Farm Insurance October and November are common for traffic incidents involving deer. 

"The number of collisions this year did decrease slightly," said Dick Luedke, Senior Specialist at State Farm Insurance. "Not by a lot but by 3 or 4 percent."

For more than a decade, State Farm Insurance has conducted an annual study predicting the chances of motorists hitting a deer.

And this year, the nation has a 4.3% decrease in the likelihood of those deer related crashes. So where does Illinois fit in this equation?

"There was a reasonably significant decrease this year in Illinois," said Luedke. "Illinois tends to be in the middle, a little bit below the middle. So overall they're a little less likely"

Your chances: 1 in 214.

Those chances are greater here in Central Illinois. Back in 2011, Peoria County ranked third in the state for traffic incidents involving deer.

"Be aware of deer, particularly in the evening, they're mostly on the move between 6 and 9 p.m. Pay attention to deer crossing signs -- those are not for the deer. "

But if a collision with a deer seems unavoidable here is one tip to remember.

"It's probably best not to try and swerve away from the deer because that could cause even more problems," reminds Luedke.

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