(October 23, 2012)--Texas ranks 40th out of 50 states for the likelihood of a deer collision but drivers should still be cautious, especially in November, a State Farm study says.
The number of deer-involved vehicle accidents has doubled in some parts of Bell County in the past few months and animal control officials in Harker Heights and the surrounding areas say the growing population, along with construction of new residential and office buildings, have forced some deer to move.
According to the survey, the number of deer-related collisions in the U.S. has increased by 7.7 percent over the last year.
In 2010, of the 15,374,063 licensed Texas drivers, about 1 in 404 were expected to have a collision with a deer.
West Virginia tops the list for these types of collisions while Hawaii remains the least likely.
The study also says that November is the month during which deer-vehicle encounters are more likely.
Deer rutting season, or mating, is mid October through mid December which can add to the problem, as deer go searching for a mate.
The Insurance Information Institute says to reduce the odds of colliding with a deer, beware of posted deer crossing signs, keep in mind that deer often travel in herds and know that deer are most active between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.