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South Dakota & Iowa drivers have better chance of hitting deer on the road

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If you live in South Dakota or Iowa and drive, the odds are not in your favor. The chances of hitting a deer are much higher than in the rest of the country.

According to a study from State Farm Insurance, South Dakota ranks second and Iowa is third in the nation when it comes to states where an individual driver is most likely to run into a deer.

In South Dakota, the likelihood of a licensed driver hitting a deer within the next year is 1 in 68. Iowa was in second place last year but dropped to third place. Your chances of hitting a deer in the Hawkeye state is one in 71.9.

For the six straight year the state of West Virginia tops the list with the chance of hitting a deer is one in 40.

Officials say the number of deer-related collisions in the United States is up almost eight percent since last year.

State Farm's data also shows the November is the most likely month for this type of accident to occur, followed by October

When it comes to the amount of damage caused the average cost was $3,305, which is up more than percent from the year before.

The state where you'll least likely hit a deer while driving is Hawaii, where your odds are 1 in 6,801.

State Farm Insurance Car vs. Deer Collisions

West Virginia - 1 in 40

South Dakota - 1 in 68

Iowa - 1 in 71.9

Michigan - 1 in 72.4

Pennsylvania - 1 in 76

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