Texas Leads the U.S. In Fatal Crashes Between Cars and Animals
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just released the data for road fatalities in the U.S. involving cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles hitting ANIMALS.
–Overall, between 2005 and 2009, 1,017 people were killed in crashes with animals. (–There aren’t any numbers on how many animals have died, but based on the amount of roadkill I see, it’s MUCH higher.)
–In a state-by-state breakdown, TEXAS has the most fatal car-animal crashes, with 88.
–The rest of the top five are Wisconsin with 57, Michigan with 53, Ohio with 49, and Pennsylvania with 48.
–Connecticut, Hawaii and Rhode Island tied for the fewest, with only TWO fatal car-animal crashes in the past five years. Delaware only had three, Massachusetts only had four, and Nevada only had five.
–Across all 50 states, 60% of the people who died in car crashes with animals weren’t wearing seatbelts. And 65% of the people who died in a motorcycle crash with an animal weren’t wearing helmets.
–About three out of four fatal collisions happened when a car hit a deer. Only one of the 1,017 happened in a collision with a BEAR