Michigan Deer Crash Coalition
In Michigan in 2011, there were 53,592 vehicle-deer crashes, down from 55,867 in 2010. Last year, eight people were killed in deer-vehicle crashes and another 1,464 injured. Vehicle-deer crashes are costly. In Michigan, vehicle-deer crashes cost at least $130 million per year; the average insurance claim is about $2,100 in damage, usually to the front of the vehicle, which often leaves it undriveable. The total number of vehicle-deer crashes, by county, is provided in the figure below. The five counties with the most vehicle-deer crashes in 2011 were: Kent (1,750), Oakland (1,736), Jackson (1,536), Calhoun (1,429) and Montcalm (1,340).
The Michigan Deer Crash Coalition (MDCC) was established in 1996. The mission of the MDCC is to mitigate both the frequency and severity of vehicle-deer crashes through public information, driver education, and applied research.
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