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Title: Improving Animal-vehicle Collision Data for the Strategic Application of Mitigation Strategies
Contact: Bridget M. Donaldson
Project No.: 107900
Target Date: 12/15/2017
Abstract: Deer-vehicle collisions (DVCs) represent 1 in 6 of the vehicle insurance claims in Virginia. Recent studies by the Virginia Transportation Research Council have provided the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) with animal-vehicle collision (AVC) mitigation strategies that can be effective at a local level. However, a programmatic approach for AVC reduction is needed to make a positive impact statewide.

Before such an approach can be developed, certain fundamental problems need to be addressed. For example, the implementation of effective DVC mitigation strategies on highway corridors is hindered because accurate DVC data is not currently accessible to VDOT staff. The purpose of this study is to improve the quality and accessibility of VDOT’s AVC data and to make recommendations to the agency on how to best utilize the data to plan an effective AVC mitigation program. The findings from this study will provide the foundation for future research to develop a programmatic approach to reduce AVCs in Virginia.

     Bridget M. Donaldson