The City of Ashland reminds local motorists that mid-October through November, the frequency of vehicle/deer collisions rises sharply, as deer are on the move during their mating season. Drivers are urged to slow down and watch for deer along roadsides.
According to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), a non-profit organization that supports the insurance industry with scientific studies of insurance data, the chances of hitting an animal are 3-and-a-half times greater in November than it is in August, which is when motorists are least likely to collide with an animal.
Despite its reputation for deer, Oregon is actually in the bottom tier of states when it comes to vehicle/deer collisions, according to HLDI. West Virginia leads the nation in the frequency of insurance claims related to such collisions, followed by Iowa, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
For more information about deer, please check the City’s “Living with Deer and Wildlife” page by clicking here