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Somethin's been worrying me
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Cindi    Posted 12-12-2003 at 04:36:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's even worse now that I work third shift and have been traveling the back roads in the dark on an almost nightly basis.

I was talking to a man night before last. He came into the store at about midnight to buy an aquarium for his sister for Christmas. Said she'd just awakened after an eight month coma. She hit two cows in the road coming home one night and the resultant crash just about killed her. He wanted the biggest auaraium we had. It was a hundred and fifty dollars. He said it was worth every penny as it was what she wanted and he wished we had a bigger one.

There's just no way to really prepare for something like this is there? I think about it all the time. What would I do if I came upon a bunch of cows, or even one in the road. Or a deer, or a wild hog. I use my brights and slow my speed at night, but somehow it doesn't seem like enough preparation.

What would happen if I came up on an eight foot alligator stretched across the road? It would be hard to see and it would have to be the equivalent of hitting a speed wave at fifty five miles an hour. I have visions of becoming airborne. If I tried to stop and hit it at a slower speed, couldn't it possibly flip the vehicle?

I have heard horror stories about hitting a deer and having it come through the windshield, the driver being impaled with a hoof or an antler. Shudder. Somehow I never hear any stories...oh yeah, hit a cow last night, wrecked my car but I'm okay. Are there any such stories? Or do they all end in tragedy?

KellyGa    Posted 12-12-2003 at 18:21:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had 8 deer in aline jump a fence and cross the road one morning right around a corner of road. Had to stop and wait on them, I was sure somebody was gonna come barreling around that bend and eat my rear end up, but they didn't and Tip got quite an eyefull that morning. She had never seen deer, but she was going nuts, she wanted those deer!!! Now when I say "Wheres the deer?" She gets all excited. "Wheres the squirrel" is the big go getter! Imagine she will have a good time out where we are going!

Dale    Posted 12-12-2003 at 18:04:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
There's a deer collision here just about every night. Had 3 within 500 feet of our house this year so far. Deer aren't a big deal usually though, moose or elk are another story. This summer at about 11 at night we clipped a moose with our passenger side mirror, 18 wheeler behind us hit him square on and did about 10 thousand damage. Moose have most of their weight high so you usually take the legs out and take most of the mass through the windshield. Had a log truck just north of us hit an 1800 lb bull elk and totalled the truck.
Starting to have more collisions now with black bears though, three that I know of in this area lately. In one, the police took their time showing up so the volunteer firefighters went into the woods after a wounded bear with fireaxes because they knew there were a lot of houses in the area with kids outside. Luckily she just went deeper into the woods instead of looking for somebody to vent on.

Ray    Posted 12-12-2003 at 17:54:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just the other night up the road about 5 miles
a driver hit a horse that ran into the road
about midnight,it went through the windshield
and almost kicked the guy to death.I don't think
he died,but was in bad shape,haven't heard
anything lately.

Newgen    Posted 12-12-2003 at 17:23:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I always figure if you worry about everything that's supposed to kill you you'll end up worrying yourself to death!

Rickstir    Posted 12-12-2003 at 10:47:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know the feeling Cindi. I drive 50 miles to work through some of the most deer populated counties in Missouri. I just bought a Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab pick up. First thing I did was mount a sturdy (and I do mean sturdy) brush guard on the front. Second was to get extra driving lights that cover a bigger area that the standards.
Deer, and I guess aligators, can be anywhere but there are some areas more likely to have deer travel. Be aware where woods come right up to the road, as well as tall crops (corn in Missouri). Also where a woody creek crosses the road. Slow down a tad and watch for those eyes. One trick to spot deer during the daylight hours in the woods is to look for something horizontal. Most lines in woods are verticle. A short horizontal line may be the first thing you can see on a deer. Helps in driving and hunting.
And by all means, don't swerve to miss an animal. Rolling over in a ditch or hitting a tree is many times worse that any critter. Best to hit it strait on and take your chances. Wear that seat belt!

LH    Posted 12-12-2003 at 10:37:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi, Ive hit 3 deer in my life and never done any real damage to my vehicles in the process except maybe a busted headlight (I drive older sturdy vehicles)But being a cop I saw lots of the newer vehicles nearly totalled by hitting dear, etc. The worst ones are big livestock like cows and horses they are like hitting a brick wall at 55 mph.

Les    Posted 12-12-2003 at 09:31:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sort of like the swamp donkeys we have up here. Hundreds of collisions every year. And they are a lot bigger and much harder to see than deer. Some day, it might be me. Oh well.