Top 10 Counties in Illinois With the Most Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Deer

As the amount of daylight decreases over the next couple of months, the state is reminding drivers to pay close attention to the road and to be on lookout for deer.

Nearly half of all deer-vehicle crashes occur in October, November and December, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. And 80 percent of all accidents happen on rural roads during twilight or at night.

In 2014, both the number of crashes involving deer (15,356) and accidents resulting in property damage (14,847) increased slightly from 2013. Fortunately, fewer Illinoisans were killed and injured over the year, with fatalities falling from six to four and injuries from 617 to 570.

Here are the 10 counties with the most deer-vehicle accidents in 2014, including the total number and rate of crashes:

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10. Jackson

  • Crashes: 288
  • Rate: 596.5
  • Pop: 59,814

9. Rock Island

  • Crashes: 290
  • Rate: 235.1
  • Pop: 147,258

8. Kane

  • Crashes: 319
  • Rate: 83.4
  • Pop: 523,643

7. Lake

  • Crashes: 324
  • Rate: 56.1
  • Pop: 703,019

6. Peoria

  • Crashes: 340
  • Rate: 201.1
  • Pop: 186,494

You can see the five counties in Illinois that had the most car crashes involving deer at Reboot Illinois.