The Virginia Farm Bureau wants motorists to be on the lookout for deer on roads and highways, especially in rural areas, during this time of year.
Why is this a concern? November is the peak time for car-vs.-deer collisions, and Virginia is one of the top ten states for such accidents. Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company handled more than 3,000 such claims last year, and the average loss per claim was over $2,100.
October and December are also high-traffic times of year for deer crossing, the Farm Bureau says.
Across the country, deer-related collisions result in about 150 (human) deaths and about $4.6 billion in auto insurance claims every year.