BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) -- New figures released this week by State Farm say Illinois drivers are less likely to hit a deer in the next year.
The insurance company says drivers in the state have a 1 in 214 chance of hitting a deer in the next 12 months. That compares with a 1 in 162 chance last year. Nationwide, the figure is 1 in 174.
Bloomington-based State Farm says Illinois drivers made 39,000 claims last year for accidents involving deer. Nationwide, there were 1.2 million claims, down about 3.5 percent.
The state's highest population of the animals is in western Illinois.
State Farm attributes the expected decline in accidents to a smaller deer population and increased driver awareness.