Driving Vs Animals

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G-Rod's Comment
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I'm sure at some point it just happens, but how often do you guys have animals run out in front of you while driving? What is the impact of a deer in a semi? I mean, shouldn't feel like it does in a car or pickup right? Since I'm at least for now wanting to drive line haul , which are mostly over night driving, this has crossed my mind.

12 or 13 years ago when I was driving a box truck through Kansas on I-70 west of Topeka, I saw a deer running full speed, head down (like a dog, not run hop hop run, like usual) from a wide open field across I-70. I saw it from about a half mile away coming. There was a driver ahead of me with a set of doubles , and I watched as I thought, man, they are going to meet up. I saw this deer run across the opposite lane across the grassy median, and it went in front of the truck. I was far enough back that I was waiting for it to come out the other side. Well, not quite, it ran in front of the truck and all I saw was that thing pop about 15ft up in the air, a red mist, and fly 15 more feet back into the grassy median. The truck swerved, the doubles looked like, what I guess would be "cracked the whip" effect, wheels came up on both sides, but the managed to keep it up and keep on going.

As I passed the deer, it was just obliterated. But I do still wondered how the driver didn't see it coming. Wide open, no tall grass, brush, trees, or crops in the fields on both sides of the highway. Maybe the half mile between us changed the perception.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.


Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

William C.'s Comment
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When I first started driving years ago I was told if it has fur hit it unless it's an elk or moose cut they will tear your truck up


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Never honk the horn at a moose either if it's standing there in the road. They have a really bad temper in response to loud noises.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I'm in school now and we've been told hit it. You don't want to roll a truck trying to avoid hitting an animal.

Years ago I actually witnessed a driver doing just that.. rolled the truck cab and the driver was hanging by the seat belt towards the passenger side.

As a first responder, and a medical professional I stopped to assist. There wasn't much left of the truck. The guy was yelling and I tried to get him to calm down while I finished kicking out what was left of the windshield and told him to stay put, that help was on the way since I'd already called 911. He was yelling for me to get him out and he was not hurt-- yet. He was just dangling. I told him to wait because I heard sirens in the distance and knew I needed a hand to help him out of that hanging position.

The guy wouldn't listen. He released the seatbelt and fell to the passenger side of the truck which was on the ground and pretty much a twisted mess of metal.

He broke a leg, an arm, his hip, and ribs in the fall and got alll cut up to boot, just as the paramedics and fire truck arrived.

We all love animals, but don't be stupid. Your safety and that truck is more important.

Susan D. 's Comment
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P.S. The guys employer showed up at the scene of the accident and fired him on the spot. And he had still hit the deer.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Two words "speed bump"

Jason V.'s Comment
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A undertaking contact with,your tractor or trailer will cause serious damage to either. The deer will 99.999% of the time, die. No avoiding it. DO NOT try to swerve to miss. that can cause a stability issue and an 8' wide cab on a 3' frame is precarious enough. Run bamby right the hell over. Animal suicide is actually pretty common though. On a run today, squirrel ran in front of my driver side steer. Squirrel became street grease. It sucks, but it happens. I've had birds bounce off my tractor, various small animals get plowed under the tires. You don't swerve. Run the critter down.

Pat M.'s Comment
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It is because deer have no depth perception like humans because of their eye position. I got a 4 point bull elk last fall. Headlight bucket, two trailer tires and cracks in the hood.

Jason V.'s Comment
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Prey animals aren't built to have all the perks of a predator. Such as a CDL. Also, you never hit the deer. It hit you. What you say is critically important in judging fault. "The deer hit me." Saves your bacon. "I hit the deer." Turns into a DDAC, phone record pull, GPS track and all kinds of other, very unpleasant things.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Pick/Grin's Comment
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Deer are not particularly bright: they may run across the road, stop short, and bolt right back to where they started.

Their sight is great, as are hearing and smell, but they tend to juke trucks and cars.

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