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November Most Hazardous Month for Deer Strikes

Insurance claims for crashes involving animals are nearly three times as high as they are in other months of the year.

by on Nov.30, 2009

Mating time means hazards for drivers.

Mating time means more roadside hazards for drivers.

November is the cruelest month for animal strikes, and damage claim costs from these unfortunate accidents are climbing, according to the latest Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) analysis.

West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky have higher insurance claim frequencies than other states for animal strikes during the month of November.

West Virginia’s frequency of 51 per 1,000 insured vehicle years is 3.6 times the national average of 14.1 for the month — a year is a vehicle insured for 1 year, 2 vehicles for 6 months each, and so on.

Bucking Boring News!

Bucking Boring News!

Insurance claims usually do not specify the animals involved in crashes, but Institute research shows deer are the main ones, especially in serious crashes.

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