“Deer go where there is food,” he said.
Regardless of the reasons, to the surprise of no one in the Show-Me State, Missouri is a high-risk state for deer-car accidents in the nation, according to research released last year by State Farm Insurance.
Missouri drivers have a 1 in 112 chance of hitting a large animal like a deer or elk. The State Farm data is based on insurance claims.
State Farm does offer some advice on how to deal with deer:
• Slow down, particularly at dusk and dawn.
• If you see one deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the road.
• Pay attention to deer crossing signs.
• Always buckle up---every trip, every time.
• Use your high beams to see farther, except when there is oncoming traffic.
• Brake if you can, but avoid swerving. This can result in a more severe crash.
• Remain focused on the road. Scan for hazards, including animals.
• Avoid distractions. Devices or eating might cause you to miss seeing an animal.
• Do not rely on products such as deer whistles. They have not proven to be effective.
• If riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear. Keep focus on the road ahead.