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SC Drivers Have Higher Chance of Hitting Deer

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"You think about deer as being this soft cuddly furry little animal and they're heavy, they're excess a 100, 150 pounds." says Matthew Littleton.

Matthew Littleton says everywhere that wasn't covered by a brush guard was damaged after hitting a deer.

"They're not gonna stop, they're going to try to race you," Littleton says.

A newly released reports says the likelihood of hitting a deer in South Carolina is a very real possibility and might be more common than you think.

State Farm Insurance says South Carolinians have a 1/92 chance of hitting a deer. They say the data is based on claims and driver counts from the Federal Highway Adminstration. The national average is 1/74.

The Department of Natural Resources says most accidents happen in October and November during mating season. They say hunting season helps control the deer population, preventing more accidents. They also say as more people move to the country the likelihood of hitting a deer increases.

1.22 million people hit deer between July 2012 and June 2013.  The state most likely to hit a deer was West Virginia where the odds are 1/41.

Rounding out the top 5 were:

1. West Virginia
2. Montana
3. Iowa
4. South Dakota
5. Pennslyvania

TIPS

Here are few tips to avoid hitting deer from State Farm insurance:

· Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds - if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.

· Be aware of posted deer crossing signs. These are placed in active deer crossing areas.

· Remember that deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.

· Use high beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.

· If a deer collision seems inevitable, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.

· Don't rely on car-mounted deer whistles.

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