State Farm estimates 1.23 million collisions caused by the presence of deer occurred in the United States between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012.
"The probability that any single licensed driver in the U.S. was behind the wheel during one of those 1.23 million crashes also increased from 1 in 183 to 1 in 171, approximately equal to the odds that you will be audited by the Internal Revenue Service next tax season," State Farm said.
Over the last four years, the number of deer-related claims it has paid has increased 7.9 percent while other, similar auto claims have declined 8.5 percent, State Farm said.
Deer-vehicle collisions are most likely to occur in November, the company said. October is the second most likely month for such crashes. December is third.
"The average property damage cost of these incidents during the final half of 2011 and the first half of 2012 was $3,305, up 4.4 percent from the year before," State Farm said.
Chris Mullen, State Farm's director of technology research, said in a prepared statement, "State Farm has a long history of supporting auto safety. Calling attention to hazards like this one is part of our DNA."
The most recent survey is posted online. Go to www.statefarm.com, scroll to the bottom of the page and under, "About State Farm," click on, "Newsroom." Then click on the press release headlined, "It's West Virginia Again."
Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.