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State Farm ranks NC as No. 21 for deer-car crashes

Posted October 23, 2012 1:25 p.m. EDT

North Carolina is ranked 21st in the nation for car-versus-deer collisions, according to an annual report released Tuesday by State Farm.

The number of deer collisions has decreased since last year, when North Carolina placed 19th on the list. Still, drivers in North Carolina have a 1 in 135 chance of hitting a deer, based on the rankings compiled from claims.

The top spot in the list this year belongs to West Virginia, where motorists have a 1 in 40 chance of hitting a deer.

Hawaii remains the most unlikely state to run into a deer. The odds there are 1 in 6,801, or about the same as being struck by lightning, State Farm said.

The number of deer collisions is down 7.7 percent nationwide over last year, the company said, with 1.23 million collisions counted between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012.