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Old 07-09-2018, 04:51 PM   #15
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.. . carcass while driving thru Nebraska. We were about 10 car lengths behind a semi about twilight. It popped out from under the big rig and I had two choices 1 swerve and try to miss it, or 2 hold my line and hit it straight on and hope it didn't do too much damage. Since I thought a quick move might upset the trailer so I opted to hold my line.

The hitch took the brunt of the impact. It lifted the back end of the truck and trailer off the highway. For the most part, the bottom of the trailer had minimal damage. It did pull the wire of the drivers side brakes off the clip and away from the frame, but they are attached and still operating. Lost a screw off a clamp for a propane line, but the line itself is still firmly attached.

All in all, we were very lucky.
Also glad to hear you avoided any worse damage or injuries. Out of curiosity what type hitch setup do you have?
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Old 07-09-2018, 05:31 PM   #16
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Smile We hit a deer

I used to drive 18 wheelers and you would be surprised the number of things I could pass over easily and not have it hit anything on my truck, pallets, recaps. Unfortunately the vehicle following me would not have enough time to react to avoid hitting it, a word to the wise "keep a good distance back while following trucks."
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Old 07-09-2018, 05:55 PM   #17
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Glad you are all ok. I always try to watch for that because they are everywhere. I hit one several years ago in a residential neighborhood. And if you see one, there is probably 1 or 2 following behind so watch for the followers too.
That was our folly. We were so mesmerized by the buck crossing the mountain road that we didn't see the doe following him until she was right in front of us.
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Old 07-10-2018, 12:31 PM   #18
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Thanks to everyone for the replies. I'll try to answer the questions I saw and remember.

We've got a F150 4x4 and a husky hitch. The clearance on the hitch is only about 8" and is definitely the low spot. The deer carcass pass under the truck without issue.

With regards to previsulazation, obviously the idea is to reduce ones reaction time. If you've never heard of it, your are reducing the time it takes to complete your O.O.D.A. loop. O.O.D.A. stands for

Observe
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In this type of situation you really can't reduce your observation or action times, but you can reduce the time it takes to orient to a situation and to make a decision (based upon previous experiences).
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Old 07-10-2018, 01:24 PM   #19
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Another tip for deer. If driving at nite deer in road, briefly turn head lights off, as they tend to freeze in lights. Have done this several times, deer jumped off road, no hits except one that came out of trees hit broadside, this was unavoidable.
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Old 07-10-2018, 01:37 PM   #20
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Also, as everyone should already know if see one deer (other than a carcass) then there will almost always be at least one more.
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Old 07-10-2018, 01:47 PM   #21
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A lucky day for you!
I had this happen going 70 mph in a little Honda Civic at night - could not avoid. That little car just seemed like it lauched from the deer body. Plenty hair and meat on the underside. Needed an alignment afterwards. I felt pretty lucky that the me and car survived. The deer not so much........
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Looking to buy my first Airstream, I visited the factory.... and there it was, a big pickup withi minimal damage, hitched to an Airstream. The deer had gone over the truck, through the stoneguards and windows, and had died on the owner's ultraleather couch. Major ickyness but no humans were injured.

Slow.down.
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Believe all other drivers are drunk..
And all deer are suicidal.

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And all deer are suicidal.

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Too true. Was driving our converted van up in the mountains touring the redwoods. Saw many dead deer by the side of the road. Wondered what was going on.

Asked about it at one of the campgrounds...they explained that something spooks the deer, it runs away blindly in the wrong direction, and tumbles over a cliff to its death. Sometimes they actually land on vehicles passing below-its quite the weird hazard in the mountainous areas that deer frequent...happens mostly in early evening.

We slowed down considerably during that time of day...
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2 years ago while dragging our new RPod back thru Kentucky from Cincinnati we saw that the interstates were horribly littered with hundreds of deer carcasses. It was like a deer slaughter zone for 200 miles or so. I honestly believe a deer carcass on the side of a road *should* have been on the reverse of the Kentucky state quarter.
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How frightening for both you and your wife. Thank goodness you are ok.
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I donít think you were lucky, I think you were smart. Hopefully, in the same situation Iíll be smart too.
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If you ever have it happen again make sure you immediately pull over and if you have your propane on, turn it off! Then check all connections to make sure nothing got knocked loose.
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