An analysis of motor vehicle-deer (deer) accidents for the five-year period of 1989 through 1993 was conducted. There was an average of about 2,800 deer accidents per year. This type of accident was generally not severe with almost 96 percent property-damage-only accidents. Trends were noted in time and date of the accidents. The highest percentage of deer accidents occurred between 6 and 10 pm and in November and December. The percentage of this type of accident was highest in western and northern Kentucky and lowest in southeastern and central Kentucky. The accident rate for this type of accident was highest on rural parkways with about 22 percent of all accidents on this type of highway involving a collision with a deer.

A procedure was developed to identify locations having high numbers and rates of deer accidents. Lists of one mile sections, by highway classification, having the highest critical rate factors are presented.

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