(11/19/2016)
Oh deer - it's that time again for drivers being aware.

You're more likely to hit a deer in West Virginia than any other state in the U.S. and November's rutting season is the most likely month.

According to State Farm, one in 41 West Virginia drivers will hit a deer this year, more than anywhere else. Kentucky comes in at #15, Ohio at #19.

Many experts say it may be better to hit a deer which weighs 100 to 300 pounds than swerve, lose control and hit something a lot more heavy.

Slow down. Give yourself more time to brake, especially around dusk and dawn. Deer are not loners, so if you see one, know that others are likely close by.

Even if you do all that, realize that if you drive long enough, the odds are against you.

According to State Farm, November is the most likely month for deer collisions, followed by October and December. In large part, that's due to mating season for deer.

The bad news for drivers is the cost - an average of $3,995 per wreck.


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