Insurance study ranks Missouri 16th for car accidents involving deer

Sunday, October 3, 2010 | 7:22 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Drivers in Missouri have a pretty good chance of striking a deer.

A study from State Farm Insurance Cos. shows that compared with other states, a Missouri driver's chances are higher than about two-thirds of the country.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the study puts the risk of a Missouri driver striking a deer at 1 in 134 in the next 12 months. That means Missouri ranks 16th in the nation.

The average property damage cost from a deer collision is about $3,000.

Lonnie Hansen, a resource scientist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, says urban areas pose the biggest threat to drivers and to deer.

In Missouri, nine of the top 10 counties where deer strikes are the most numerous are urbanized.

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Ellis Smith October 4, 2010 | 6:23 a.m.

It's not necessary to employ calculus or differential equations to deduce that Missouri is in the top third of the 50 states for vehicle-deer collisions.

(Aren't you glad we didn't need to employ calculus or differential equations.)

If the average cost of damage to a vehicle from a collision with a deer is $3,000, what would it be for a collision with an elk? The vehicle would probably be totalled.

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