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Wildlife Car Accidents Nearly Double

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October to December WSP warns drivers to take extra caution. October to December WSP warns drivers to take extra caution.
 KENNEWICK, WA - October through December wildlife collisions almost double in Washington and your insurance coverage may not cover you at all. The Washington State Patrol says that more than 1,100 wildlife collisions are reported throughout this season.

If you do not have comprehensive coverage, you may be on your own. From your insurance agents perspective, it is better to hit the animal than hit something else.

State Farm agent Scott Smith said, "so even if you see an animal and you swerve to avoid hitting that animal, you hit another vehicle or an object that's gonna be a collision".

Collision deductibles are typically higher than comprehensive ones and an animal is about the only thing you can hit that is covered under a comprehensive plan. WSP is asking drivers to be more attentive at night and drive with caution through wildlife crossing zones.

Agents say the fall is the best time to have an annual review with your agent so you can make sure you're covered. The average deer vehicle auto claim is $3,414.00.
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