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Deer-Vehicle Collisions Down 3.5 Percent, Yet Claims Costs on the Rise

NEW YORK, September 30, 2013 — Fall is peak season for deer and auto collisions and that means drivers along the nation’s roadways need to be especially vigilant, according to theInsurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). Deer migration and mating season generally runs from October through December, and causes a dramatic spike in the movement of deer population. As a result, more deer-vehicle collisions occur in this period than at any other time of year.


In fact, an estimated 1.22 million deer-vehicle collisions occurred in the U.S. between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, a 3.5 percent decrease from a year ago, according to an analysis by State Farm, the nation’s leading auto insurer. However the average insurance claim for this type of collision in the same time period was $3,414, up 3.3 percent from the previous year with costs varying depending on the type of vehicle and severity of the damage.

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The ability of insurance companies to determine more precisely the risk of auto accidents has fostered competition and, for millions of Americans, has reduced auto insurance expenditures to their lowest levels in eight years, according the Insurance Information Institute(I.I.I.).

The average annual expenditure for U.S. auto insurance coverage this year is expected to total $839, less than the $842 the typical U.S. driver spent for coverage in 2004, according to I.I.I. forecasts (see Figures 1 and 2). When adjusted for inflation, auto insurance expenditures are expected to be 19 percent lower in 2012 than in 2003 and lower than at any point in nearly 20 years.

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