Truckers Weigh in on Swerving to Avoid Deer

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To swerve or not to swerve. A nasty crash in Northampton County could be a lesson for drivers everywhere. Full Story
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only sensible

Allentown, PA

#21 Mar 25, 2009
spooky1 wrote:
We look at animals as life, period, not as oh its a deer.Out eyes see a deer but our mind says life. How do you know That deer would have felt like nothing more than a speed-bump.You are assuming.That is why i said its up to the driver.To SWERVE OR NOT TO SWERVE..
Okay first of all, as other people have mentioned, we're both assuming there even was a deer. It is the oldest excuse in the book, and we'll never know for sure. For the sake of our discussion we'll say there was.
Now, are you referring to what a deer would have felt in regard to my speed-bump comment ? Because what a deer would have felt I couldn't care less about. If I were to take a guess, getting hit by a 50,000+ LB semi probably would have been a quicker death than what I'll be having for supper tonight, but that's not my point. I'm talking about what the truck driver would have felt, and it's effect on the load. I'm sorry, but it's not a ridiculous assumption to think the deer would have felt like NOTHING hitting that truck. Do you think it would have cause nearly the damage that missing it did ? Not to mention THE RISK TO HUMANS AND ANIMALS !!! Ya know, if you're so concerned about the animals, maybe you should think about what 33,000 lbs of hydrofluoric acid would have done to the environment around that spill had the crash caused more than just a drip of the stuff.
Bill from Coopersburg

United States

#22 Mar 25, 2009
You never ever try to steer around an animal in the roadway. That is when you end up hitting trees, poles, guiderails, and other non-movable objects, leading to your own injury or death. Hit the animal and deal with some vehicle damage, rather then bodily injury.
RickG

United States

#23 Mar 25, 2009
Concerned wrote:
I am not sure, but I thought that the drivers that carry this kind of cargo are certified, it is not just a regular CDL license. And, I also thought that these drivers are taught how to handle this type of situation not swerve away from it, due to the fact that it could cause a greater loss, like another post stated, "150 lb deer vs. 80,000 lb truck/trailer" I think the deer looses. And heres a senario, 2 lane highway, truck passing in left lane and a right lane ***hole pulls in front of said truck, should he swerve to avoid this jerk your go right thru him? Humm.. take risk and jack knife truck/trailer and possibly take out a number of vehicles and possible lives from the right lane, or just one idiot. I'd take the idiot myself. LOOK before you try to pass someone on the highway, not once but twice maybe even three times, cause it could be your last!! And for truckers that haul hazordus freight, I agree with another post, it would be like a speed bump, you can always stop later and check damage to your rig.
You're right , drivers hauling hazmat not only have to be retested and have a background check every time they have their hazmat renewed but they have to have additional certified training every 3 years . I'm a hazmat tanker driver . I wasn't going to bring it up but it is also preferable to hit someone that cuts you off rather than swerve and let that person ride off while you cause a wreck where blameless bystanders become victims .
Concerned

Scipio Center, NY

#24 Mar 25, 2009
Thank you, thought that that was the case. If someone is dumb enough to cut off one of these trucks then you get what you get. I think that its an ongoing problem these days where people just don't take enough care when driving on the highways.
RickG wrote:
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You're right , drivers hauling hazmat not only have to be retested and have a background check every time they have their hazmat renewed but they have to have additional certified training every 3 years . I'm a hazmat tanker driver . I wasn't going to bring it up but it is also preferable to hit someone that cuts you off rather than swerve and let that person ride off while you cause a wreck where blameless bystanders become victims .
RickG

United States

#25 Mar 25, 2009
Concerned wrote:
Thank you, thought that that was the case. If someone is dumb enough to cut off one of these trucks then you get what you get. I think that its an ongoing problem these days where people just don't take enough care when driving on the highways.
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Keep in mind a truck driver needs to have a 4 to 6 second interval between him and the vehicle in front of them to allow a safe stopping distance . Anyone cutting in front of a truck eliminates that safe interval . What happens all too often is someone will do that with children in the car . That has caused many truck drivers to go off the road and wreck . At fault or not I couldn't live with killing innocent kids .
Drew

Mount Carmel, PA

#26 Mar 26, 2009
RickG wrote:
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Keep in mind a truck driver needs to have a 4 to 6 second interval between him and the vehicle in front of them to allow a safe stopping distance . Anyone cutting in front of a truck eliminates that safe interval ..
It has been revised in the industry to 7 - 10 seconds following distance with a 15 second eye lead time this allows plenty of time to be able to stop safely but yet to give you a bit more time to maneuver if needed...

It takes approx. 450 ft to stop a truck from 60 mph. At 60 mph when you 1st see the problem you travel approx 50ft then as you react you have traveled approx 125ft the time it takes for the brakes to activate you now traveled approx 175ft the remainder of the time is the time it takes for the truck to come to a complete stop.. Keep in mind this is under "IDEAL" conditions.. Dry straight road with no other issues.. So with that said those that have the

"Trucks have bigger brakes and stop faster mentality"

THINK AGAIN then next time you cut in front of that truck and hit your brakes in front of them.......
Midnightrider

Elgin, IL

#27 Mar 30, 2009
Bill from Coopersburg wrote:
You never ever try to steer around an animal in the roadway. That is when you end up hitting trees, poles, guiderails, and other non-movable objects, leading to your own injury or death. Hit the animal and deal with some vehicle damage, rather then bodily injury.
Agree 100%. I have never seen a case where people were seriously injured hitting a deer. It does damage the car but the people inside are usually unhurt. I have SEEN cases where people have been killed by swerving and going into the ditch, and sadly, hear about these accidents all too frequently, many times young high school kids. It should be taught in high school driver ed to "STAY IN YOUR LANE KEEP YOUR CAR UNDER CONTROL." Half the time the deer jumps away at the last second anyway.
cat kid

Allentown, PA

#28 Mar 30, 2009
i am lucky enough to have avoided deer the whole time i have been driving. i hit one that was already hit and on the turnpike dead but no damage. i drive over 100,000 miles a year and day and night i try to always be on the lookout for deer and i always try to leave an escape route. i try not to get boxed in by other drivers and keep a clear path of escape. at the speeds the drivers are driving nowadays, you have to keep a vigilant eye out for all things. it is not uncommon to be driving 75 mph on the turnpike and be the absolute slowest vehicle on the road. i have seen drivers driving faster than 100 miles an hour on that road. and there is never state troopers out there. the state needs money, well here it is.
jim bob

Burnaby, Canada

#29 Jul 15, 2013
take the deer on the right or left fender, if too much breaking or swearving is involved take the deer straight on expecially in winter.

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