What's The Risk Of Hitting A Deer In South Dakota?

Is South Dakota one of the worst states for deer collisions in the country? The numbers say yes.

So, where does the Mount Rushmore State rank? Surprisingly, the risk is higher than you might think. In fact, according to State Farm, it's in the top 10 in the U.S.

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Hit A Deer In South Dakota

In South Dakota, you are at high risk of hitting a deer, or any other type of wildlife for that matter. South Dakotans have a 1 in 69 chance of hitting a deer, putting the state at number 8 on the list out of the 50 states.

Just how bad is that? According to carinsurance.com, it's so bad that drivers in South Dakota should always carry comprehensive insurance.

Hit A Deer In South Dakota

Here's a look at some of South Dakota's neighbors and where they rank on the list:

  • Iowa came in at number 6 with a 1 in 63 chance of striking a deer
  • Wyoming is at number 13 with a 1 in 83 chance
  • Minnesota is at number 11 with a 1 in 81 chance
  • North Dakota is number 12 with a 1 in 82 chance

So, which state is the worst in the nation? That would be the mountain state of West Virginia.

Hit A Deer In South Dakota

Top 10 States Where You're Most Likely To Hit An Animal:

  1. West Virginia 1 in 38 1
  2. Montana 1 in 53 2
  3. Pennsylvania 1 in 59 3
  4. Michigan 1 in 60 4
  5. Wisconsin 1 in 60 5
  6. Iowa 1 in 63 6
  7. Mississippi 1 in 64 7
  8. South Dakota 1 in 69 8
  9. Virginia 1 in 78 9
  10. Missouri 1 in 80 10

Story Source: carinsurance.com, State Farm

Deadliest and Most Dangerous Minnesota Counties For Deer Crashes

Based on data from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, these are the counties with the highest number of fatalities and injuries related to deer vs. vehicle accidents between 2018 and 2022, the most recent data available.

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The 6 Types of South Dakota Drivers You Deal With Every Winter

Every year it snows in Sioux Falls. We may live in denial during the spring and summer, but it happens.

When the snow falls on the Falls, life in the city does not stop. We all still have to go to work, school, and the liquor store...um I mean go get snacks.

When you tackle the snowy routes around town you tend to run across six types of drivers in the snow.

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