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Deer Collisions Up 21%, Iowa Ranks 2nd In U.S.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 at 6:26 am
Author: KCII News-Chance Dorland

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Deer collisions on America’s roads are up. State Farm Insurance says it saw a 21% increase from five years ago, and Iowa ranks second for total deer-vehicle collisions.  State Farm predicts 1 of every 67 drivers in Iowa, second only to West Virginia, will hit a deer within the next year at an average cost of $3,100.  The Washington County Public Safety Center says drivers should always report a deer collision for public safety and insurance purposes.  The Iowa DOT says 3,490 drivers reported deer-vehicle collisions in 2009, causing nine motorist deaths and an estimated 383 injuries. Since 2001, 68 people have died in Iowa as a result of motor vehicle crashes involving animals.