Wednesday, 18 July 2018 17:46

Auto Body Shops See Above-Average Deer Collisions in MO

Written by Forrest Gossett, Salt River Journal
Auto Body Shops See Above-Average Deer Collisions in MO Map courtesy of State Farm


“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.

We thank Salt River Journal for reprint permission.

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