Louisiana ranked No. 38 in the nation in vehicle-deer collisions, with an estimated 9,793 incidents, according to State Farm, the state’s largest insurer.
State Farm’s estimates show there is a 1 in 299 chance of a Louisiana driver hitting a deer. A year ago, Louisiana ranked No. 41.
Pennsylvania is the top deer collision state, with an estimated 123,941 incidents, or 10 percent of the U.S. total.
The national average claim cost for such incidents rose 13.1 percent to $3,888. State Farm spokesman Gary Stephenson said the actual number of collisions is higher because people don’t report the accidents, uninsured motorist collisions are not included, and drivers with only liability coverage were not counted.