Deer collisions less likely this year

Oct 24, 2012

An insurance company says that Wyoming drivers are less likely to hit a deer this year than last.

State Farm agent Jason Paris says last year, the chances of hitting a deer were one in 102, whereas this year, they were one in 113.

“It is encouraging to see the numbers decrease,” Paris said. “That’s a good thing for everybody, because it does cost millions of dollars. Just in the state of Wyoming it’s millions of dollars of damage every year.”

Paris says they’re not sure why the numbers decreased, but he says Wyoming still has one of the worst rates of deer collisions in the country.

Insurance Agent Jason Paris says drivers should slow down, especially at dawn and dusk, when collisions are most likely. And he says if a collision seems imminent, don’t swerve, because that could lead to an even more serious accident.