A first for me: Deer hit me yesterday

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    Feb 05, 2012 12:03 PM GMT
    I was driving through the South Jersey Pinelands and I didnt even see it - just saw my drivers mirror fold in to my window at the same time I heard a whump! It ran right into my driver's door. I petted its head in the road as it died - a young one too! And then I moved it off the road. Believe it or not my first collision with one in 30 years of driving.
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    Feb 05, 2012 12:13 PM GMT
    When you get the bill for the damage it did to your vehicle you'll wish you had screamed "Damn your soul to hell" as it died instead of petting it.
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    Feb 05, 2012 12:15 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidWhen you get the bill for the damage it did to your vehicle you'll wish you had screamed "Damn your soul to hell" as it died instead of petting it.


    Yeah - Im taking it to Maaco soon for that part...Does insurance cover deer collisions?
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    Feb 05, 2012 12:20 PM GMT
    Sorry.
    I've known some friends do that.
    Hills + windy road + fog + deer = bad mix

    Every time I hear one of these stories I think of that scene from Tommy Boy
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    Feb 05, 2012 12:28 PM GMT
    Unfortunately, most standard collision insurance policies don't. I don't know about Jersey, but around here you can't go 5 miles without seeing a dead deer on the side of the highway so a lot of drivers have comprehensive insurance that does cover a run in with a deer.
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    Feb 05, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
    We dont have deer, but a Kangaroo will do a similar amount of damage...

    I had about $5000 worth of panel damage to my Commodore (Like a Chevrolet Lumina) on one collision, and on top of it the 'roo just growled and spat at me as it lay paralysed and dying on the road - in the end I had to take a tyre-iron and put it out of it's misery.

    I had been driving for 20 years and never hit one, and subsequently hit about 5 within the space of 4 years..

    My insurer asked when I made a claim "if the other party were injured" to which I replied "yes, but had to kill it afterwards wth a tire iron".. I had already mentioned I had hit a kangaroo - so the operator deserved that "oh shit" moment...



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    Feb 05, 2012 2:04 PM GMT
    u hit him back?
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    Feb 05, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    Glad you're okay. And it was kind of you to pet the deer before it passed.
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    Feb 05, 2012 2:16 PM GMT
    That's exactly what happened to me several years ago...a deer hit the side of my truck and banged in the door.

    Insurance sent me a check, but instead of taking it to a body shop, I ordered some matching paint from the factory and did the body work myself. Saved a bundle of money that way. More deer, plz. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 05, 2012 2:25 PM GMT
    sc69 saidWe dont have deer, but a Kangaroo will do a similar amount of damage...

    I had about $5000 worth of panel damage to my Commodore (Like a Chevrolet Lumina) on one collision, and on top of it the 'roo just growled and spat at me as it lay paralysed and dying on the road - in the end I had to take a tyre-iron and put it out of it's misery.

    I had been driving for 20 years and never hit one, and subsequently hit about 5 within the space of 4 years..

    My insurer asked when I made a claim "if the other party were injured" to which I replied "yes, but had to kill it afterwards wth a tire iron".. I had already mentioned I had hit a kangaroo - so the operator deserved that "oh shit" moment...





    OMG!! Never thought of that about hitting a 'roo Down Under! Lucky for the deer (and me) it died a couple minutes after I hit it (or really as I posted, it hit me). It was still alive when I walked over to it in the middle of the road and was looking at me with the doe eye. So I bent down and petted it and told it I was sorry. It looked like it died of massive internal injuries as a lot of blood was coming out of its ear and when I petted its head I had noticeable blood on my hand but couldnt find an injury on the head? Just before the collision, another deer (larger, perhaps parent?) had run across the road about 150 yards in front of me. I forgot, as I knew, they usually travel together but this one came from the side and I was looking ahead and didnt see it until I heard the whump! I did note walking around there (looking to see if my mirror had just popped out or was damaged - alas it was broken) I saw two other dead deer one on each side of the road so that curve (next to a small lake) is a serious deer crossing. I think they should put up signs there - CAR CROSSING!
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    Feb 05, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    I hit a deer while in college. We were driving from Wisconsin to Buffalo, left at midnight. Not 45 minutes into our drive and wham! Deer had tried to jump the car from passenger side to driver side. Almost made it, but hit the left 1/3 of the windshield. We spun on the interstate and somehow stayed on the road.

    One of the midwest states (Ohio?) has motion detectors every 100 yards alongside the interstate that is designed for large animals...lights start blinking to warn drivers if an animal triggers the detectors.
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    Feb 05, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
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    Coach_Mike saidWhen you get the bill for the damage it did to your vehicle you'll wish you had screamed "Damn your soul to hell" as it died instead of petting it.


    Yeah - Im taking it to Maaco soon for that part...Does insurance cover deer collisions?


    Sure, if you have comprehensive. I suspect your deductible will be just about = to the damage estimate.
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:24 PM GMT
    Did you report that obviously intoxicated deer to the highway patrol? Did the deer get a citation?
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:26 PM GMT
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    NJDewd said
    Coach_Mike saidWhen you get the bill for the damage it did to your vehicle you'll wish you had screamed "Damn your soul to hell" as it died instead of petting it.


    Yeah - Im taking it to Maaco soon for that part...Does insurance cover deer collisions?


    Sure, if you have comprehensive. I suspect your deductible will be just about = to the damage estimate.


    Thats what I was thinking too
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:29 PM GMT
    I had the same thing. I stopped and the deer still hit my car. Unfortunately it was on a bridge, so it got up and ran straight into a fence, then turned around and did the same thing on the other side. Majestic creatures really.
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:29 PM GMT
    TropicalMark saidDid you report that obviously intoxicated deer to the highway patrol? Did the deer get a citation?

    Yes - the dearly departed deer received a DWI - darting when impacted icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
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    TropicalMark saidDid you report that obviously intoxicated deer to the highway patrol? Did the deer get a citation?

    Yes - the dearly departed deer received a DWI - darting when impacted icon_lol.gif
    LMAO!icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    I've had some close calls here in Kansas.

    Glad you weren't hurt and that hopefully your damage was minimal.
    Unfortunate about the deer.
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    awww poor little deericon_cry.gif
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:35 PM GMT
    I've killed deer with a gun, never with my vehicle.

    Although I must admit I have never petted it.

    Usually I've just ate them after they've been dresse, cut and cooked.

    Venison is good.
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
    When I skied a lot I had those little devices in my car's grill that gave off a high pitched noise as I drove in the high elevation areas (where deer were) near the slopes. Those devices were supposed to scare the deer off the roadways as you passed by, and I guess they worked........does anyone know for sure - - - or have I just been lucky?
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidWhen I skied a lot I had those little devices in my car's grill that gave off a high pitched noise as I drove in the high elevation areas (where deer were) near the slopes. Those devices were supposed to scare the deer off the roadways as you passed by, and I guess they worked........does anyone know for sure - - - or have I just been lucky?


    I think just lucky - BECAUSE if they were effective don't you think the insurance companies would give you credit for having one installed or the auto manufacturers would upsell it as an option?
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
    BTW - a guy I know who works at Maaco tells me the state (based on their data) with the highest number of fixes due to deer collisions is......Minnesota!
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:45 PM GMT
    And State Farm data from a few years ago - winner is WEST VIRGINIA! Loser? HAWAII!!

    For the fourth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where a driver is most likely to collide with a deer. The odds: 1 in 42.

    Iowa is second on the list at 1 in 67, following by Michigan at 1 in 70. The state in which deer-vehicle collisions are least likely is still Hawaii – with the odds of deer strike being 1 in 13,011.

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    Feb 05, 2012 3:54 PM GMT
    sc69 saidWe dont have deer, but a Kangaroo will do a similar amount of damage...

    I had about $5000 worth of panel damage to my Commodore (Like a Chevrolet Lumina) on one collision, and on top of it the 'roo just growled and spat at me as it lay paralysed and dying on the road - in the end I had to take a tyre-iron and put it out of it's misery.

    I had been driving for 20 years and never hit one, and subsequently hit about 5 within the space of 4 years..

    My insurer asked when I made a claim "if the other party were injured" to which I replied "yes, but had to kill it afterwards wth a tire iron".. I had already mentioned I had hit a kangaroo - so the operator deserved that "oh shit" moment...





    Oh my goodness, I can't even imagine hitting a kangaroo with my car.

    Hop, Hop, Hop, WHAM!

    I bet kangaroo tastes good too