Car/Animal Collisions Are Down From Previous Year

In an era when the nation’s roads seem to be getting more dangerous – with traffic deaths reaching a 16-year high in 2021 – here’s a glimmer of more positive news. State Farm says the number of car collisions with animals are down this reporting period, according to its accident claims.  

State Farm says an estimated 1.9 million car/animal collisions occurred on U.S. roads between July 2021 and June 2022. That’s a 5.5 percent drop than the previous 12-month period in State Farm’s annual analysis – a period in which it reported an increase in car/animal collisions during the pandemic.

While these collisions can happen year-round, the fall months are particularly dangerous, with the most dangerous months for animal collisions are November, October and December, in this order.

Looking at the state with the most animal collisions claims,  that would be Pennsylvania with an estimated total industry animal collisions count of 156,176 claims. That’s put the likelihood that 1 out of 57 for licensed drivers will hit an animal while behind the wheel.  The animals most commonly hit by motorists in PA were deer (by far), “unidentified animals” and rodents, in this order.

Claims aside, the state where drivers have the highest likelihood of hitting an animal is West Virginia, with a probability of 1 in 35. There, the animals most likely to be hit by drivers are deer (by far), followed by “unidentified animals,” and by dogs, in this order.

State Farm says these two different state rankings differ because for the likelihood or probability of animal collisions state ranking, both the number of license drivers and the total number of animal collisions in each state affect the calculation, while for the industry claims ranking only the first variable (number of claims) matters.

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