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BLUE ASH, OH (FOX19) -

The deer are running and the likelihood that you will encounter one while driving is on the rise. More deer-related vehicle accidents involving deer occur in the month of November than any other time of the year.

"The easiest thing you can do is try to avoid the early morning and late hours," said Andrew Tighe with Carstar Quality Collision Service in Blue Ash.

According to State Farm Insurance Company, West Virginia leads the nation in the number of accidents. Ohio is ranked 11th, Kentucky 23rd and Indiana 26th.

The best way to avoid hitting deer, especially while driving at night, is by switching to high beam headlights to give you more time to react.

"Use your brights. That's the biggest thing so you can see what is ahead of you," said Tighe.

Some products claim to keep the deer away.

"The deer whistles tend not to work either," said Tighe. "So, there is nothing you can do. They are going to do what they want to do but they do travel in packs. If you see one you're going to see quite a few."

Deer crossing signs are not exact locations either.

"They put them up as safety precautions but there's no guarantee that's actually where the deer are going to run," said Tighe.

You are permitted to keep road kill in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. In Indiana, however, you will need to contact a local authority who will issue you a permit. In Ohio and Kentucky, if you strike and kill an animal with your car, in most cases, you can take it on the spot.

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