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Have you ever been involved in a car-deer accident?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
55% 494
No
 
44% 389
Total 883

Comments

BorderRuffian 4 years, 5 months ago

It was on a dismally dark and gloomy October 31st. I was tooling down K-10, right about where the water-ski pond is, and the radio was playing a sad country song by Waylon. I was pretty mellow, as I recall, and looking forward to arriving at home in Kansas City.

Suddenly, from out of nowhere, this huge semi with a load of John Deere tractors swerves from the oncoming lane, runs across the median, and heads straight toward me. The airhorns blow, scaring me nearly witless, and I swerve as well, trying to avoid a certain head on collision. The sudden veering off made me fish tail wildly and the car left the road going about 80 mph, heading straight for the deer-crossing sign. Clipping that off like a toothpick the car became airborn, and headed straight for that century-old oak tree. Hitting it dead on, the last thing I remember before my head went through the windshield was this stupid, grinning deer with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, one hoof hauling on the air-horn, and the other waving out the window in a gesture remarkably like the old one-finger salute. And then things went dark...

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Sagecasey 4 years, 5 months ago

Yes, a deer jumped in front of me and I slammed on the brakes. the deer crapped right there in the road and I crapped my pants in the car. So the deer and I both had accidents. I guess it was 2 accidents rolled into one.

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Beer Guy 4 years, 5 months ago

I came close to hitting a squirrel on a bicycle. Does that count?

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Beer Guy 4 years, 5 months ago

mmmm deer meat, dang it RoeDapple, now I'm going to have to go shot me one.

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trollkiller 4 years, 5 months ago

No, but there was one close call in the back seat my senior year in HS, with a dear one,

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Pywacket 4 years, 5 months ago

Good on you, Roe! The more you shoot, the fewer will be doing suicide runs across highways

I've had the displeasure of hitting two. First time, extensive damage to front of 1-year-old vehicle, although drivable, it probably should've been totaled. Expensive fix and never quite the same after. Bonus: blood, flesh, & fecal matter all over the front and windshield! What remained of the animal was pretty much hamburger. No warning that time--it was dark, on a county highway, and it leaped out of some brush. It was the first in a group--I saw several others cross behind me.

Second time (different vehicle, year later) it was late afternoon but still light and I saw that beast. Had time to hit the brakes & slow considerably. Much less damage to vehicle; animal ran off as if unfazed.

Close calls: too many to mention. They often cross in groups, so if you are luckier than I was the first time I hit one, you'll see the first of the group and have time to slow down, with the expectation of more.

My son hit one a few years ago and I was very pleased and relieved that he remembered what he'd been taught--he braked but did not swerve. Swerving (either into oncoming traffic or into a ditch, where you may well roll) is the worst thing to do and is usually what happened when you read about someone who is killed/badly injured in a close encounter of the antlered kind.

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Beer Guy 4 years, 5 months ago

@beawolf

Its real, he was a Russian guy I knew back in highschool. He broke his right shoulder, neck, and most of his ribs. He landed in a ditch. It was the first time he wore a helmet and those leather outfits that protect you from road rash.I haven't seen him since highschool. With so many deer and crazy Russians on motorcycles how can it be an urban legend?

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RoeDapple 4 years, 5 months ago

In the past numerous deer have accidentally wandered into the cross hairs of my rifle scope. Two more scheduled for Dec. 1 - 11

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 5 months ago

autie, I'm not sure who you wanted to put down, your wife or her car, but at least when it came time for field dressing, you wouldn't have had a very long haul. One came with it's own four tires, and I don't think you should talk about if Mrs autie has a spare or not.

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tbaker 4 years, 5 months ago

Spike buck + brand new 89 Toyota Pickup + 40 MPH and skidding to a halt = small dent on front valance and a freezer full of meat. Dozens of close calls.

Still have the pick up. Now I aim for them.

P.S. If you hit one, tell a poor person where it is. They can call the Sheriff and get permission to go get it for the meat without a hunting license. (next door neighbor with 7 kids does this)

Autie = LMAO!

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 5 months ago

Yep, sure have.

Once hit five Bambis while driving an '81 Mercedes-Benz 300 Turbodiesel, which car was cruising at a significant rate of knots.

All the deer died and the Mercedes didn't have two square inches of straight sheet metal left on it but I drove it for the next two years anyway.

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autie 4 years, 5 months ago

Nope, never hit one. I did hit my wife's car in the driveway one time. She came out and said, "Dear, I believe you've hit my car"! I wanted to go ahead and put her down but the neighbors were watching.

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Beth Bird 4 years, 5 months ago

Hello - We live in KANSAS - Of course we have had incidents with deer! DUH!

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Larry Bauerle 4 years, 5 months ago

Our insurance agent asked if we wanted to replace the deer whistles after a collision with a deer wiped out the front end of our van. Smart***.

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Larry Bauerle 4 years, 5 months ago

Our insurance agent asked if we wanted to replace the deer whistles a collision with a deer wiped out the front end of our van. Smart***.

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institches 4 years, 5 months ago

I have hit a few deer with my truck... and they were delicious!! But seriously - do watch for them in the fields- wear your seatbelts and pay attention to the deer crossing signs... they are there for a reason!!

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 5 months ago

One night I was leaving the office in Lenexa after dark & a deer the size of a Clysdale leaped across the road right in front of me. Okay, he probably wasn't really the size of a Clysdale, but at the moment he sure looked it.

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SpeedRacer 4 years, 5 months ago

Several close calls. Had dents on my hood from a deer jumping over the car. Most of the close calls happened in fog.

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remember_username 4 years, 5 months ago

No, but I was involved in a John-Deere accident.

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ohgeeze 4 years, 5 months ago

jimmyjms (Anonymous) says…

"Hit a deer, totaled the car, officer had to shoot the deer in the middle of the road. Bummer all the way around."

I used to date a guy who was a sheriff's deputy. Whenever someone called in with a report of a hit deer, they all raced to see who could get the call first. They all wanted to be the one who got to shoot it... weirdos.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 5 months ago

"When they're rutting, they're totally stupid" - acg

I still get that way.

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acg 4 years, 5 months ago

My dad and uncle jerry once had a deer run into the side of my dad's truck and thru the driver's window. Jumped out of a cornfield into the road right as they were passing on a gravel road. My uncle had to cut it's throat with his side knife because it was horning them to death. They came home, side of the truck was all beat up from its back hooves, they were all beat up from the horns and the inside of the truck was covered in blood. When they're rutting, they're totally stupid

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beawolf 4 years, 5 months ago

beerguy (Anonymous) says…

"I know a guy that hit a deer on his motorcycle at 120mph, he spent two weeks in the hospital after that one. He said he still had deer guts all over him when he arrived at the hospital."

This sounds like an urban legend that grows every time it's told. He was probably on a moped, thought he saw a deer and dumped the "ped" at 15 mph.

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Beer Guy 4 years, 5 months ago

I know a guy that hit a deer on his motorcycle at 120mph, he spent two weeks in the hospital after that one. He said he still had deer guts all over him when he arrived at the hospital.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 5 months ago

  1. Bought a new GMC Sierra in February, and hit a deer with it in October. Four of them crossed the road, I slowed down to about 40, since they seemed to be clearing off into the ditch and woods, then one turned for some reason at the last second, and I hit her in the head on my front driver's side headlight. It was not a real bad hit, but ended up being about $1500 to repair. Out here where I live, the deer roadkill is abundant, maybe not as bad as I-435 between the Missouri River and I-29. Somehow, I've avoided hitting another one.
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gphawk89 4 years, 5 months ago

Four that I can remember, none as a driver, all as a passenger. And quite a few close calls, including a couple on a motorcycle.

The weirdest deer hit I've seen is when a running deer vaulted off a 20-foot cliff and landed right on the hood of a pickup truck that was driving along a gravel road below. I didn't see it happen but came up on the scene just a minute later. Scared the you-know-what out of the driver. Imagine driving along minding your own business and a deer suddenly falls out of the sky onto your car...

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jimmyjms 4 years, 5 months ago

Hit a deer, totaled the car, officer had to shoot the deer in the middle of the road. Bummer all the way around.

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jrlii 4 years, 5 months ago

I've hit two of Bamby's kin: Once in Leavenworth county on K-34, and once in Johnson county on US-69.

There have been several who seemed to be daring me to hit 'em on Stairstep road or 13th St in Jefferson County, but none have been successfully suicidal.

Seems like the population is thinner west of town than east. . . I haven't hit a deer since I've been working in Topeka. . . Knock on wood. . .

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imastinker 4 years, 5 months ago

Did the deer forgive you sunshine?

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Kat Christian 4 years, 5 months ago

Not in Kansas - where I use to live on the east coast. My car was only 4 months old and I was traveling on a country road going less than 30 when two deer flew over a fence into my path. One got away but the other I hit as I slammed on my brakes. It slammed into the front of my car rolling to my side, by then I had stopped. It laid there for a second then got up and stood on the side of the road panting. I noticed its eye was injured. I got out crying more concerned for the deer than the car. I just kept begging for its forgiveness saying over and over again I'm so sorry, I'm sorry. It jumped the fence back to where it came but in the field turned and looked back at me still begging for its forgiveness. Then I turned around and saw my car. The deer caused a huge dent in my driver's side and hair was pretuding from the door guard. That night it snowed. I'll never know if it survived. I'll never forget that experience either.

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Satirical 4 years, 5 months ago

Yes, it was very frightening. Luckily the car only hit my hind legs so I survived with only two broken legs.

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openminded 4 years, 5 months ago

Many many close calls...had one that I slammed on my brakes and came to a stop while the doe was in the middle of the road. The doe turned around and ran off after I stopped and the doe's nose graced my side mirror as she turned around! Lived in the country my entire life and I've been very very lucky.

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acg 4 years, 5 months ago

I've come so close to hitting deer, knock on wood, but haven't. I did, however, cream a bobcat in Jeff Co. a year ago. Ripped the grill right off my car.

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jaywalker 4 years, 5 months ago

Clipped one just south of Larry. My mother had one literally jump into her car - through the windshield! She never saw it (jumped from a hill beside the road down into the car), knocked her out, and yet somehow the car came to a stop 200 yards later and still in her lane. Talk about luck 'cuz the land to the right sloped steeply down into a ravine. Six months later she ran into a woman and her young daughter who'd actually witnessed the accident. The poor little girl was still having to go to a therapist due to nightmares and flashbacks of the whole thing.

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Matt Warman 4 years, 5 months ago

I don't let my deer drive, especially after it has been drinking, so no.

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coolmom 4 years, 5 months ago

no deer yet knock on wood there has been several close calls. i have however hit an armadillo and 2 turkeys, a pigeon and just missed a coyote by the skin of his teeth.

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labmonkey 4 years, 5 months ago

I have had a few run-in's with deer. It seems that I have actually had less damage when I hit them going full speed than when I hit one doing 30 mph. I think it has something to do with the deer seeing you comming....if it doesn't see you comming, it won't tense up and will actually absorb more of the impact.

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Ricky_Vaughn 4 years, 5 months ago

I hear there's some guy that lives in Bonner that feeds the damn things.

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Ricky_Vaughn 4 years, 5 months ago

lol @ Ron

But seriously, I've hit two deer when I used to commute to OP: in 07 and 08 during the end of October/early November. I swear they were within the same week, just in different years (mating season).

Be careful for the next couple of weeks if you drive K-10, especially at night! I've lost two cars this time of year the last two years!

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hujiko 4 years, 5 months ago

definitely use headphones if you are at work!

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RonBurgandy 4 years, 5 months ago

It seems that if you voted "No" in this poll, you're just testing Karma.

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Stedman 4 years, 5 months ago

Thankfully no, and this is after living the past 2 years in the Colorado mountains where deer are EVERYWHERE. And elk.

Elk vs. car would not been good.

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mom_of_three 4 years, 5 months ago

I haven't, but the husband did about 11 years ago. Hit bambi's mother and may have hit bambi. Crushed the front of his car. Could have been worse for him. Our kids were little, and it was hard to explain what happened without the bambi comparison.

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kclee 4 years, 5 months ago

A friend of mine was driving down I-70 probably going the speed limit and they hit a deer. She was 34 weeks pregnant and lost her baby. So sad.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 5 months ago

More than a few close calls. After I put a pair of the deer whistles on my car, I had fewer near misses. Causality or concidence? The jury is still out.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 5 months ago

About six times over the past two weeks.

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spammer89 4 years, 5 months ago

Speed = 85mph Deer = Large buck in middle of road Car = 1989 Chevy Baretta Outcome = car trashed beyond repair

Oops

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