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Have you hit a deer lately?

(Susan Parker)
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Updated: 10/29/2013 6:53 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- If it ever happens to you, you don't forget it.

"I've hit a deer on the Trace or technically, the deer hit me," State Farm Insurance Agent Rob Rice said.

Rice has the data at hand that may or may not come as a surprise.

Using claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm calculates the chances of a Mississippi driver striking a deer over the next 12 months at one in 84, compared with one in 120 in 2012.

Some get lucky like body shop manager Tim Holcomb.

"I've never hit a deer-luckily."

The unlucky end up with a potentially expensive fix.

Crump Body and Paint averages between two and three deer strikes a week.

"We're probably about two weeks behind on appointments," Holcomb added.

In east Tupelo, we find another lucky person.

"Everybody I guess, but me. I'm lucky," Louann Trulove said.

Trulove, the owner of Trulove's AUto Center, says so many times people just simply aren't expecting anything to run into them. 

Body work can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars or up to $4,000 to repair. 

Deer generally travel in herds. If you see one, there are probably more.

Rural areas are likely to have a larger deer population.

Deer become very active between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Use high beam headlamps at night when possible.

Rice has advice for those who are about to collide with a deer.

"It's the swerving or the reaction to the deer collision that actively causes injury to our drivers."
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