Dakotas high on State Farm list of states with high likelihood of deer-vehicle collisions


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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — Motorists are more likely to crash into a deer in the Dakotas than in most other states.

State Farm has released its annual ranking of states in terms of the likelihood of deer-vehicle collisions. The insurer uses claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration.

South Dakota ranks fifth in the nation, with the chance of a driver hitting a deer estimated at 1 in 82. North Dakota is 16th, with the chance 1 in 120.

The national odds are 1 in 169.

West Virginia tops the list for the eighth year in a row, with a 1-in-39 chance of a motorist hitting a deer.

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