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Report: Michigan drivers have high chance of hitting deer

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MICHIGAN, (WNEM) -

Drivers in Michigan have a one in 85 chance of hitting a deer.

That's according to a new report released by State Farm.

Michigan does not have the highest risk of deer collisions, but it's in the top 10.

The No. 1 was West Virginia. One in every 41 drivers there will file an insurance claim for damage caused by a deer collision this year, according to State Farm.

Michigan tied for the No. 8 spot with Wyoming.

Drivers are more likely to hit a large animal during the months of October, November and December, the report said.

State Farm offered the following tips for drivers to avoid hitting 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, which could result in a more severe crash.

  • Remain focused on the road, scanning for hazards, including animals.

  • Avoid distractions, like devices or eating, which might cause you to miss seeing an animal.

  • Do not rely on products such as deer whistles, which are not proven effective.

  • If riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear and keep focus on the road ahead.

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