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Reducing the High Cost of Wildlife Vehicle Collisions

Project #: 219156  –   Updated: September 26, 2013

Project Summary

A web resource developed by State Farm Insurance to help drivers share the road with wildlife. Read the full report by clicking the Project Link on the right.

In a 2008 report to Congress the Federal Highway Administration reported that Animal Vehicle Collisions (AVCs) nearly doubled in frequency from 1990 to 2004, from about 175,000 to around 300,000. State Farm estimates that for the period of July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012 there were 1.23 million deer-vehicle collisions that resulted in more than $4 billion in damage.

The odds are (national average) 1 in 171 that you will have a coll...

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Location (by county):
Erie County (PA), Saint Louis County (MN), Kingsbury County (SD), Dakota County (NE), LaPorte County (IN)

Watersheds:
St. Louis, Blackbird-Soldier, Chautauqua-Conneaut, Little Calumet-Galien, Middle Big Sioux Coteau

Congressional Districts:
IN District 01, MN District 08, PA District 05, SD District 00, IA District 04

Bird Conservation Regions:
Prairie Hardwood Transition, Lower Great Lakes/ St. Lawrence Plain, Boreal Hardwood Transition, Prairie Potholes, Eastern Tallgrass Prairie

USFWS Regions:
Mountain Prairie Region, Midwest Region, Northeast Region

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Michigan I-90 Yes
West Virginia I-53 Yes
South Dakota I-81 Yes
Iowa I-77 Yes
Pennsylvania I-86 Yes

Full Project Description

A web resource developed by State Farm Insurance to help drivers share the road with wildlife. Read the full report by clicking the Project Link on the right.

In a 2008 report to Congress the Federal Highway Administration reported that Animal Vehicle Collisions (AVCs) nearly doubled in frequency from 1990 to 2004, from about 175,000 to around 300,000. State Farm estimates that for the period of July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012 there were 1.23 million deer-vehicle collisions that resulted in more than $4 billion in damage.

The odds are (national average) 1 in 171 that you will have a collision with a deer while driving your car or truck, according to the State Farm Insurance. Of course that average takes into account a very wide range, from the greatest chance of a vehicle strike in West Virginia of 1 in 53 to the very small chances of a collision in Hawaii of 1 in 6,267.

Continue reading this resource by clicking on the publication link on the right.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Public Benefit

Primary goals:

To provide tools for drivers to help them avoid wildlife-vehicle collisions

Targeted habitats were not provided for this project.

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

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