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    Saw the scariest thing in my 5 years of trucking last week

    Was driving north of Cincinnati on I-71 at 3 AM. All of a sudden not more than a few hundred yards ahead of me, I just start seeing headlights spinning in a very frantic barrel roll fashion across my lanes on the interstate, coming to rest upside down leaning against a concrete wall on an overpass.

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    It almost bounced over the wall onto the road 35 feet below. Another trucker and I both stopped right away and ran up to the SUV. It was a 2004 or so Explorer. Thankfully the two occupants were ok. We helped pull them outa the upside down truck, and stayed with them until police got there.

    Definitely the craziest thing I've seen since I've been driving truck. They must have rolled 2-3 times b4 resting on the wall. The driver told me a deer ran out in front of him and he swerved. I really hate deer. They cause way to many wrecks on the roads!

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    Re: Saw the scariest thing in my 5 years of trucking last week

    WOW! Did it blow 5 seconds after everyone was pulled like in the movies?

    I'll bet that driver will have these on all his future cars:


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    Re: Saw the scariest thing in my 5 years of trucking last week

    Insurance companies do not recommend the deer alerts they actually recommend you hit the animal instead trying to avoid it because of the higher liabiltiy of hitting something or some one else and causing human injury or more property damage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aztec ETC ECS
    WOW! Did it blow 5 seconds after everyone was pulled like in the movies?

    I'll bet that driver will have these on all his future cars:
    Lol. Not quite. Lol. But it sure was smoking as we were running up to it. Lol

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    Re: Saw the scariest thing in my 5 years of trucking last week

    "Deer alerts" don't. Ask anyone over here on the Shore - which is darn near paved with the giant brown rats.

    Not long ago someone opined that there are far, far more deer east of the Mississippi now than at any time before the early 20th century. Why ? Because humans used to eat the bastards 24/7/365. Then Bambi came along and all of a sudden it was simply horrible to eat wild game. (But we still kill hogs with a single .22 at the base of the skull, and we still kill beef cattle with a 12# sledge hammer to the forehead and a slit throat.)

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    Seen people go off the road and roll, doesn't look scary in the movies but in real life it'll pucker your drawers.
    It's against nature to not swerve and hit something instead. Brake hard and wack the bastard... saves the car and you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTSCHICK
    Insurance companies do not recommend the deer alerts they actually recommend you hit the animal instead trying to avoid it because of the higher liabiltiy of hitting something or some one else and causing human injury or more property damage.
    Very true. Just like with the wreck I saw, I believe things could have turned out better by hitting the deer instead of swerving, especially since he was in a higher profile vehicle, and that generation of Explorer isn't exactly known for their stability during high speed maneuvers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodnok01
    Seen people go off the road and roll, doesn't look scary in the movies but in real life it'll pucker your drawers.
    It's against nature to not swerve and hit something instead. Brake hard and wack the bastard... saves the car and you.
    Yep. The scariest part was how close they came to bouncing over that guard rail and falling 35 feet to the road below.

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    Re: Saw the scariest thing in my 5 years of trucking last week

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Instead of charging for permits, there outta be a bounty on the long legged, short tailed vermin. Having 2 kills to my credit so far, you can understand my feelings on the subject.

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    Re: Saw the scariest thing in my 5 years of trucking last week

    Quote Originally Posted by CTSCHICK View Post
    Insurance companies do not recommend the deer alerts they actually recommend you hit the animal instead trying to avoid it because of the higher liabiltiy of hitting something or some one else and causing human injury or more property damage.
    I can't tell you how many claims I pay for idiots that would rather not hit a squirrel and instead swerve into opposing lanes of travel, and since it's a rental car, and they didn't bother to buy any coverage and also decided as an adult, that it's a good idea to not have any of their own insurance;

    Guess who gets to ultimately foot the tens of thousands of dollars in property damage and/or injury claims?

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    Re: Saw the scariest thing in my 5 years of trucking last week

    Quote Originally Posted by Submariner409 View Post
    "Deer alerts" don't. Ask anyone over here on the Shore - which is darn near paved with the giant brown rats.

    Not long ago someone opined that there are far, far more deer east of the Mississippi now than at any time before the early 20th century. Why ? Because humans used to eat the bastards 24/7/365. Then Bambi came along and all of a sudden it was simply horrible to eat wild game. (But we still kill hogs with a single .22 at the base of the skull, and we still kill beef cattle with a 12# sledge hammer to the forehead and a slit throat.)
    We are having record populations here too. Another part of the problem is the lack of natural predators. They have started repopulating the wolf in our state and it is going well, but the minute a wolf kills a cow or horse, everyone goes nuts and wants to kill them off again!

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    Re: Saw the scariest thing in my 5 years of trucking last week

    I think their only natural predator is the car. Unfortunately all the wolves are up north and those people hate them and will kill them on sight.

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    Re: Saw the scariest thing in my 5 years of trucking last week

    I never swerve for a deer, racoon, cat, dog, whatever. I'll lock up the brakes trying to avoid them, but I'm not swerving, then wrecking my car so the stupid deer can live another day to get hit again by another car.

    I've had a huge buck hit the side of my car. I was doing a good 60-70mph and he bolts across the road, I'm hard on the brakes. Luckily I saw him in plenty of time for him to make it, but no he decides to double back to the other side of the road. I thought for sure he was coming in the car with me, as I was driving a convertible with the top/windows down, but he just barley grazed the rear of the car, took my antenna off with his antlers.

    Where I hit that deer was near a nature preserve in suburban Nashville, about 10-15 miles south of downtown. So many deer there, you can usually see them grazing on people's lawns in the broad daylight when you drive through that neighborhood.

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    Yep I won't swerve either. Hit the coyote that one time with our Saturn. Nearly totaled the car, but if I'd swerved, it coulda killed just for some dumb coyote.

    One night a buddy of mine was driving his semi, passing another on the freeway when the other one swerved into my buddy's truck just to avoid a damn deer! My buddy saved it tho. He swerved into the median, which was very soft bc it had just rained, and he had 35k lbs in the trailer. Well even with all 18 wheels (I saw the tracks later that week and yes every wheel went into the mud at 65 mph) in the median, he pulled it off without making any contact with the other truck or the guard rail.

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    Re: Saw the scariest thing in my 5 years of trucking last week

    I'll lock up the brakes trying to avoid them, but I'm not swerving, then wrecking my car so the stupid deer can live another day to get hit again by another car.
    I can't speak for anyone else, but I will do my best to avoid the damned things, though it will be evasive action, not a knee jerk reaction. That said, rest assured it is not done for their benefit. I'd just as soon avoid them, then kill 'em out of revenge. Have I mentioned how much I hate those damned things?

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    Re: Saw the scariest thing in my 5 years of trucking last week

    Quote Originally Posted by Aron9000 View Post
    I never swerve for a deer, racoon, cat, dog, whatever. I'll lock up the brakes trying to avoid them, but I'm not swerving, then wrecking my car so the stupid deer can live another day to get hit again by another car.

    I've had a huge buck hit the side of my car. I was doing a good 60-70mph and he bolts across the road, I'm hard on the brakes. Luckily I saw him in plenty of time for him to make it, but no he decides to double back to the other side of the road. I thought for sure he was coming in the car with me, as I was driving a convertible with the top/windows down, but he just barley grazed the rear of the car, took my antenna off with his antlers.

    Where I hit that deer was near a nature preserve in suburban Nashville, about 10-15 miles south of downtown. So many deer there, you can usually see them grazing on people's lawns in the broad daylight when you drive through that neighborhood.
    You would swerve for a moose. Unless you are in a big truck, a head on collision with a full grown moose is likely to kill you. 2000 lbs in your lap at 60 mph is not a recipe for survival.

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