I Hit A Deer This Morning

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Rob D.'s Comment
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Rationale for not swerving:

Your average deer weighs between 120 to 200 pounds and is often actually airborne when you actually hit it.

A small tree weighs one ton and is anchored in the ground.

I see deer almost every day and encounter them regularly while driving. I would also recommend not to honk your horn, flash your lights, or make any abrupt movements as it will spook the deer causing them to bolt.

PackRat's Comment
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Don’t feel too bad. I’ve run into 29 of them!

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I hope you mean deer, not people.

Yes, I’ve had a collision with 29 deer, with my vehicle. Three of these were as I was driving a big rig. I put more than 29 people in the ground when I was in the military, though.

PackRat's Comment
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Packrat

I know, you wait until you see lots of them by the road and then go "bowling for dollars". Just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Too bad, she was a big one.

Raptor

Not me. I’ll do whatever possible to avoid a collision with most animals, short of an abrupt swerve. Remember this: Never veer for Deer. I hate running over critters.

PlanB's Comment
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I was just a few miles from my delivery @ Walmart DC in Pottsville PA this morning when a large black bear bolted out in front of me. I just hung on tight and braced for impact.

Luckily the bear add adequate motivation and just barely got out of the way. If bear had a long tail I probably would have clipped this ones off with the deer guard.

Then a mile later just before the exit a damn deer did the same thing, with slightly more clearance this time but still to close for comfort.

Eric G.'s Comment
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Yeah our company policy is don't swerve or brake hard for animals. I've come pucker up close a couple of times to hitting deer but thank God I haven't hit one so far!. I'm glad you didn't get hurt though. Deer and trucks can be replaced!

Matthew W.'s Comment
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Yea our company pol8is you only swerve for humans, bears, and moose. I think all 3 of these need no explanation.

OOS:

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.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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I went head on once @ 4 am in fog leaving to work, I had an S-20 Blazer, the dang Great Dane didn't have good paw brakes! I stopped fast, saw him try to stop, and slid , he disappeared into my tube grille and ran off, scared hell outta me! Big head stood bout hood level he was huge ! Stopped at 7-11 for coffee near freeway, found my grille hanging on by 1 screw hahahaha Bet he had a headache later poor fella

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

DAC:

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.

Andy D.'s Comment
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Probably an insurance issue too. I used to be in the property and casualty insurance field and when you hit a deer it is charged under your comprehensive insurance. When you swerve and hit any other object it is under your collision and thus is chargeable to you.

its basically "at fault" vs "non chargeable"

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