Virginia is a Hotspot for Large Animal-Vehicle Collisions
Virginia has one of the highest frequencies of deer-vehicle collisions in the nation, with approximately 60,000 collisions reported to insurance agencies every year .
Collisions with black bears are also frequent in some areas of the state, particularly during times of year when food availability is scarce and bears must travel more to find food sources.
Research has shown that wildlife overpasses and underpasses, connected with fencing to help funnel animals toward the crossing and keep them off the road, are successful at not only reducing crashes with deer and bears, but also at connecting habitat for wildlife - allowing access to food, mates, and other resources.
See the Research page for relevant studies in Virginia.
Photo Credit (header, deer photos): VDOT, Virginia Transportation Research Council