Damn Deers...

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Jamie your not alone, a couple years ago one of the guys at my terminal hit 3 deer in a week!

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Jamie's Comment
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Jamie your not alone, a couple years ago one of the guys at my terminal hit 3 deer in a week!

During the time it happened I was talking to a friend who night drives(team driver) a lot, I was jokingly saying it would be terrible if I hit another deer the same night and had to call Crete again! He told me to shut up, and not long after I seen a group of deer on the side of the road! Seems to be a big problem driving down i64 in VA at night, I seen a lot of them in the past but never this up close and personal! rofl-2.gif

When I called in there wasn't much said, I just explained where I was at, provided details on what happened and why I was calling and the lady I talked to wanted to make sure the truck was still derivable and it was, all within a few minutes I was back on the road, after taking pictures of the damage both after it happened and when the sun came up and sent them in. I haven't heard anything back, they did send me my accident report number over peoplenet, I assume I can use that to get the bumper fixed(that's how it worked at Schneider).

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

PackRat's Comment
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You should expect to see deer every night from now through whenever, especially on the rural stretches. There is seldom a night that passes when I don’t see at least a dozen. Not just along the interstates, either. Pick any state. The three I’ve collided with so far in a CMV were in PA, MI, and TX, and none were on an Interstate.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

Interstate:

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

Jay F.'s Comment
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Their hooves on asphalt or concrete is almost as bad as tires on ice. Their hooves aren’t designed for it.

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....

Marc Lee's Comment
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Glad you’re okay, and minimal damage.

Ditto!

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Sure seen plenty of em splattered all over the roads, in ;lots of states east...... luckily never have seen 1 run out on the road in front of me yet, and hope I don't for as long as possible. No wonder somany trucks have "Roo Bars up front lol

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Glad you're okay brother. It is the rut season. We got a message on our Qualcomm the other day don't swerve for deer. Still the funniest sign I ever saw was I was crossing into Mississippi and it said bear Crossing next 10 miles. I laughed my butt off I got to thinking there are bears down here? Talking to people from Mississippi yes there are...

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Hahaha JYD I saw that sign too and thought wtf.gifwtf.gif

Don's Comment
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I am seeing a lot more deer than usual here in the Wayne, Holmes and Ashland County Ohio areas. As of late, I see at least one almost every morning while driving on state and county routes. It is bad enough driving on icy winding county roads at 0500 without also constantly being on alert for deer attempting to hitchhike.

Rob T.'s Comment
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I am seeing a lot more deer than usual

Sure seems like it. Today I seen about a dozen pretty close to the roadway from Des Moines to Missouri border then nothing. Well, nothing except 2 kittens walking on the shoulder, hopefully they were smart enough to stay there. I guess it comes with the territory of driving through the night.

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