Is there a deer in your headlights?

(Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST) (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

Have you ever hit a deer while behind the wheel? Are you worried that it’s just a matter of time before you hit one?

Your odds are worse in Virginia than they are in Maryland, and in the District it happens, but not that often. State Farm keeps track of those statistics, and in a Monday release the insurance company said District drivers have a 1 in 1,001 chance of hitting a deer in the next year. In Maryland, the chance is 1 in 123; in Virginia it’s 1 in 96.

Nationally, the chance is 1 in 174. State Farm estimated that there were 1.2 million collisions between vehicles and deer between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.

West Virginia has been the most likely place for deer-vehicle accidents for seven years. The chances there are 1 in 41. Montana, (1 in 65) was second, Iowa (1 in 73) third, South Dakota (1 in 75) fourth and Pennsylvania (1 in 77) fifth.

If you’re terribly worried about this, the place to live is Hawaii, where the chance of hitting a deer is 1 in 6,787.

Ashley Halsey reports on national and local transportation.

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