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Indiana's Animal Collisions
Indiana Ag Connection - 09/15/2023

State Farm's Recent Findings

State Farm, one of the leading insurance companies in the U.S., has revealed that most animal-related auto crashes typically occur from October to December. This is a seasonal trend that urges drivers to be more vigilant during these months.

Indiana's Improvement

Recent data points to a hopeful change in Indiana. The state has witnessed a 2.8% decline in animal collisions, with insurance claims dropping from about 47,740 to roughly 46,405 in a year. These figures have placed Indiana 16th nationally, marking a slight improvement in its ranking.

Echoing a National Trend

Indiana's progress is in line with a larger trend across the nation. State Farm's studies show a commendable 7.5% decrease in animal collision claims on a national level between the two consecutive 12-month periods.

Tips to Evade Animal Collisions

Stay Alert: Slow down, especially in areas marked by deer crossing signs.

Night-time Vigilance: Turn on high beams at night to spot animals from a distance.

Safety Measures: Always wear your seatbelt.

Scanning: Continuously scan the road for any movement, especially around dawn and dusk.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is actively pushing for awareness. Their public relations director, Gary Brian, emphasizes that drivers should remain especially attentive in rural zones. He further stresses that, when you come across deer crossing signs, be extra vigilant.

As fall draws near, the onus is on the driver to ensure safety. By taking heed of the tips provided and understanding the changing trends, one can work towards safer roads in Indiana and across the country.

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