According to statistics from the Montana Department of Transportation, in 2007 – the last year for which totals are currently available – 2,000 vehicle collisions with wild animals were reported. That’s just slightly above the five-year average. Four people died in those collisions.
Nationwide, 223 people died in traffic clashes with animals in 2007. About a third of the fatalities involved motorcycles.
In the same year, auto insurance companies estimated claims for animal strikes at 1.5 million nationwide, an increase of almost 15 percent during a five-year period beginning in 2002, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The institute estimates that 350,000 deer die on the nation’s roadways each year, and 7,000 people are injured.
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