Iowa ranks 3rd, Nebraska 25th in deer-versus-vehicle crashes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new review of accident data says Iowa drivers have a 1 in 68 chance of striking a deer on the road this year.

Insurer State Farm said in a news release Monday that Iowa’s is the third-highest rate in the nation. The state had the fourth-highest rate last year.

Neighboring Nebraska’s rate for 2015 is 1 in 143, ranking it 25th on the State Farm list. The state ranked 23rd on the 2014 list.

Leading the 2015 list in West Virginia, with a rate of 1 in 44. No. 2 is Montana, where the rate is 1 in 63. The national odds this year are 1 in 169.

State Farm says its estimate is derived from claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration.

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