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State Farm study shows increased risk of hitting deer this fall

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WICHITA COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) -

With fall approaching, that means more deer out on the road.
And if you live in Texas, statistically you are more likely to hit one this fall according to a study done by State Farm.
This year your chances of hitting one is three percent higher than last year.
Texas ranks 38th in the country for the most potential deer collisions, with the odds being 1 in 288.
    "This time of the year is when we will see the highest probability of that," Mike Morris, a Wichita Falls State Farm agent, said. "We will probably see between seven to ten claims during these months."
You are more than twice as likely to hit a deer in the months of October, November and December.
Knowing what to do is a must.
Dan Buesing, Department of Public Safety trooper, said driving safe is priority number one.
    "The slower speed traveling will give you a little more time to break," Buesing said. "And hopefully allow the deer to get out of your lane of traffic. Speed is the main thing. Of course always buckle up."
Buesing said it is important to not over correct trying to miss a wild animal.
    "At high speeds, a large maneuver to try to avoid a wild animal will definitely send you into a sideways skid most times," Buesing said. "And that will lead to some very big problems. So just make small corrections."
Hitting deer is also costly.
The average claim is $4,000.
Morris encourages everyone to be insured for such an event.
    "Your looking at what we call Comprehensive Coverage," Morris said. "And that's where it's covered for any kind of animal collision."
If you just have liability, Morris said you are not covered.
If you see a deer, Buesing said to be sure and stay alert.
    "Remember the deer are pack animals," Buesing said. "So if you see one, you will most likely see more. The same with hogs and even cattle.
Buesing said the worst spots are south of Wichita Falls towards Graham and Jacksboro as well as west into Baylor County.
He also said do not approach a wounded animal because they are scared and in pain.
Morris said if you do hit a deer, take pictures of the scene and be sure to file a claim at the scene to get the process going as soon as possible.

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