On November 3, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a news release titled “Oh, Deer: Potential Encounters to Rise in Coming Weeks.” (pdf) The release speaks of deer-vehicle collisions in Illinois and features a variety of statistics.
Notable excerpts include:
Approximately 40 to 45 percent of crashes in Illinois involving deer in 2015 occurred in October, November, and December – with November being the highest-risk month. Almost 80 percent happened in rural environments, with nearly 75 percent of all crashes taking place at twilight or nighttime.
Last year, there were 15,754 vehicle-deer crashes in Illinois, an increase of 2.5 percent from 2014. There were 15,206 crashes that resulted in damage to property or vehicles, up from the 14,854 in 2014. Injuries resulting from such crashes tallied 628 in 2015 versus 505 in 2014. The number of fatalities doubled, from four in 2014 to eight in 2015.