Damn Deers...

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Jamie's Comment
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I specifically used the words the deer hit me simply because I didnt want to say I hit the deer which could imply there was a chance to avoid it safely which there wasn't. The wording might not have mattered, but I figured I'd say it that way.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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You'll be fine Jamie companies would rather fix that then have drivers roll over trying to avoid deer.

I actually thought it was going to be my turn to get one a few weeks ago a good size buck came running out of the woods, I saw him and knew there was nothing I could do but luckily he came to a stop at the white line and then went back into woods.

Amber L.'s Comment
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If you brake often times it causes more damage so just continue at current speed and hope it gets out of the way, unfortunately.

So I have a couple of questions. So you shouldn't take your foot of the accelerator and brake lightly even?? It makes sense to not brake hard as you can just end up in a worse situation but if you can slow down safely then it should cause less damage, physics of velocity and such.

Also we were told that if you are speeding they classify it as preventable?

G-Town's Comment
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Amber asked...

So I have a couple of questions. So you shouldn't take your foot of the accelerator and brake lightly even?? It makes sense to not brake hard as you can just end up in a worse situation but if you can slow down safely then it should cause less damage, physics of velocity and such.

Also we were told that if you are speeding they classify it as preventable?

I have come to a controlled, complete stop to avoid deer impact multiple times...and only because it was an option. No damage. I wasn't on an interstate , it was on a secondary and there was no traffic behind me. I also blast the airhorn...

If on the interstate or other highway where you are driving 45-70mph, do not hard-brake because the tractor will "dive", and more weight is shifted from the drive axle(s) to the steer axle, risking a greater amount of damage and possibly loss of overall control if you do have impact. Drive through it...and hang-on to the wheel with both hands.

...as far as the speeding thing...don't speed and you won't need to worry about a "deer strike" possibly being a preventable.

I also strongly suggest a thorough inspection of the truck if there is a strike, especially steer tires/wheels, front suspension and the brake chambers on both the tractor and trailer if the deer was actually run-over. Look for a safe place to pull over and park. If all that deer mass/mess gets underneath the truck...it can damage things.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Amber L.'s Comment
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Thanks G-town! I don't plan on speeding just curious if that was true.

Chris L's Comment
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A couple of weeks ago I was driving on the Ohio back roads and I saw a Billboard for a local car dealership promotion it said "Shoot a Deer - Get a Turkey"..... lol

Jamie's Comment
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rofl-3.gif I can tell you one thing, I'm going to start having flash backs every time I see a deer near me! rofl-2.gif

Last night a little after midnight when I was picking up my current load, I was driving around the yard looking for my loaded trailer when about 40-50 feet in front of me 3 deer ran out from beside some trailers... I was like not again! shocked.png

Jamie's Comment
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Besides those three deer, I seen two other deer in the same yard for a total of 5 deer running around the yard. I think they're out to finish the job!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pete B.'s Comment
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This is how close I came to an elk hitting me a while back in Idaho... came around a curve and there he was....

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And there he goes! (Thank God!)

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Army 's Comment
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Elk are amazing animals. I have seen both elk and deer in the road, and part of the problem is when they are spooked, and try to get away real quick, there hoof slips, and cause them to either fall down briefing or slide, which slows there run away time....

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