Car accidents can involve all sorts of things. This includes wild animals. One of the more common types of animal-related traffic crashes are collisions with deer.
How common are deer collisions in Texas? Well, they are not as prevalent here as in many other parts of the country. However, they might be getting a little more common this year. This is what statistics from State Farm suggest.
These statistics include estimates of how common deer-related auto insurance claims are in the state in 2016. They suggest that, in 2016, the odds of a driver here in Texas making such a claim are 1 in 288.
Now, this puts Texas well in the bottom half of the nation for estimated deer collisions. Specifically, it puts the state in the No. 38 slot.
However, this year’s estimated Texas deer-crash level is a three percent increase from the previous year’s level. Also, Texas did move up one spot in the national rankings for deer collisions, as it held the No. 39 spot last year.
One wonders if 2016 will prove to be more deer-crash heavy here in Texas than usual. The estimated increase serves as a reminder to Texans to keep a close eye out for potential hazards, including deer, when driving. This is especially important lesson to keep in mind as fall starts, as fall is a season where deer collisions can be particularly likely.
Deer collisions and other animal-related accidents can raise their own unique issues when it comes to legal, compensation and insurance matters. So, individuals hurt in such crashes could feel confused about their rights and options. Skilled traffic crash attorneys can provide clarification to accident victims on this front.
Source: KXAN, “Texas drivers are more likely to hit a deer this year, study says,” Anna Wiernicki, Sept. 19, 2016