With harvest in full swing and hunting season right around the corner, now is the time to be especially vigilant for deer on roads.
An annual survey released in September by insurance provider State Farm shows the number of deer-related vehicle has decreased. Reasons for the decline are up for debate, however.
Nationwide, State Farm estimates 1.22 million collisions were caused by the presence of deer between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, a 3.5 percent decrease from a year ago. Using claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm calculates the chances of any single American motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months at 1 in 174, compared with 1 in 167 the year before.
In Nebraska, those odds are 1 in 131 — 19th most in the country, but down from 14th place for the previous year.