COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans have a greater chance of running into a deer on the road over the next year.
That’s according to State Farm, the state’s largest insurer, which says motorists in the Buckeye State have a 1-in-127 chance of hitting a deer in the one-year period that began Aug. 1. Last year, chances were 1-in-135.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the insurer bases its expectations on claims data and state licensed-driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration.
Peak time for car-deer collisions is approaching as mating and hunting seasons approach.
State Farm says it will also cost more to fix a car that has hit a deer. The average U.S. claim now is $3,888, a 13 percent increase from 2013. That’s due mostly to the higher costs of parts.
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