This information was released at a time of year when the most West Virginia deer and car collisions take place: October and November. These months are mating season and migration season for deer, and drivers should expect to see more animals in larger groups, especially deer, in places that they are usually not seen.
Nationally, deer and car collision rates have been declining ever since gas prices have risen and the recession began. Highway safety experts and economists agree that the drop in wildlife traffic accidents is likely tied to the fact that fewer people are on the roads, many are trying to drive less, and fewer people are commuting to work.
State Farm's study also found that a deer collision costs drivers an average of $3,171. The most deer collisions regardless of state population took place in Pennsylvania, while the fewest deer car crashes took place in Hawaii.