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From the Fall 2002 / Winter 2003 Issue

ERIE INSURANCE COMPANY REPORT PROVES THAT HUNTING IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF CAR-DEER COLLISIONS!

Information researched by David Cantor djcgside@aol.com

This important information should be used to argue against using hunting as a remedy for deer-car collisions ("CDC") The only true remedy is to stop management for hunting, as the goal of wildlife management is to INCREASE the population of deer and other "game" animals for hunters.

Erie Insurance operates in 11 states and the District of Columbia - Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Indiana. This company continues to see escalating losses from deer claims in every state. Company-wide, deer claim frequency was 21 percent higher in 2001 as compared to 1998. Deer claim severity has consistently increased about 5 percent per year during the past three years.

2001 Company-wide Deer Claim Statistics

  • Half of all deer claims occur during the months of October, November and December. The month of November has more deer claims than any other month.
  • In all states, the first two weeks of November have more deer claims than any other two-week period during the year (this time period coincides with the peak of the mating season).
  • In Pa., the 2-week hunting season in late November and early December is also a time when a large number of deer claims occur, particularly on opening day (Monday after Thanksgiving) and the first Saturday of the season. In 2001, ERIE had 184 deer claims on opening day and 200 claims on the first Saturday of the season.
  • Deer claims are more likely to occur in the early morning or evening hours. In fact, 50 percent of deer claims occur between 5 p.m. and midnight, and another 20 percent of claims occur between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.
  • 2 million vehicles insured for comprehensive (7 percent higher than 2000)
  • 26,800 deer claims (16 percent higher than 2000)
  • Paid losses for deer claims totaled $49.7 million (22 percent higher than 2000)
  • The average number of deer claims per 1,000 vehicles insured was 13 (8 percent higher than 2000).
  • The average cost of a deer claims was $1,860 (5 percent higher than 2000)
  • Drivers in Pennsylvania should be extremely alert for deer while driving on Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, and Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002.

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