MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – South Carolina drivers have an above-average chance of striking a deer while driving, according to a recent study from State Farm Insurance.
This weekend, a motorcycle driver and passenger were taken to a hospital after a deer struck them and they lost control. The passenger later died from multiple blunt force trauma sustained in the accident.
Last week, a viewer posted a photo to our Facebook page, stating that the broken windshield and other damage was the result of hitting a deer on Highway 501 near Conway.
Tune in to WMBF News Monday evening for a full report on deer collisions on Grand Strand and Pee Dee roads, including what you can do to avoid them.
While nation-wide, the chances of a driver crashing into a deer in the next year declined by 4.3 percent to 1 in 174, in South Carolina, the chances are 1 in 92.
For the seventh year in a row, deer versus vehicle collisions are most probable in West Virginia: just 1 in 41.
"The state in which deer-vehicle mishaps are least likely is still Hawaii (1 in 6,787)," State Farm representatives stated in a news release. "The odds of a driver in Hawaii colliding with a deer between now and 12 months from now are approximately equal to the odds of a middle-of-the-pack National Football League team running off 13 wins in a row."
State farm data shows that November is the month when collisions are more likely in the heart of deer hunting and mating seasons. About 18 percent of deer/vehicle accidents happen that month, with October being the second-most likely month.
The average property damage cost of these incidents was $3,414, according to the State Farm study.
State Farm offers the following tips to reduce the chance of a deer-vehicle collision:
- Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds – if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.
- Be aware of posted deer crossing signs. These are placed in active deer crossing areas.
- Remember that deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.
- Use high beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.
- If a deer collision seems inevitable, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
- Don't rely on car-mounted deer whistles.