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Old May 25, 2009, 11:42 AM   #1
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Returning from a day at a Maine beach I was about 1/2 hour from home.
On a 4 lane highway doing 65 MPH I saw a doe on the right side of the road-she jumped into my lane-instead of hitting the brakes I floored the accelerator and swerved to the left. She hit the right side panel and slid down the side of the car ripping off the outside mirror along the way. The Honda Civic has a very bad design for a head-on crash-if I had hit her square she would have slid through the windshield and probably have killed me & my wife. I called 911 and the NH State Police responded quickly-no one was hurt except for the deer & the Civic.

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Old May 25, 2009, 12:01 PM   #2
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Glad your thinking on the fly saved you and your wife. The car can always be repaired or replaced but we are a one time only entity. Glad that both of you are ok.
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Whoa! What a close call.
I "have" seen worse and you are two very lucky people! one of my big concerns when riding in deer country on my motorcycle, is an encounter with a deer.
Glad you tow are OK.
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Old May 25, 2009, 1:21 PM   #4
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As long as you and your wife aren't hurt, the car is replaceable.

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Old May 25, 2009, 2:08 PM   #5
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If only the deer would cross at the Deer Crossing signs

More seriously though, glad to hear that you and your wife were not hurt. A deer jumped in front of my Camry a few years ago and its hind legs caught the left grill of the vehicle which caused it to do a 360 in the air and land on the opposite side of the road. My car had about $700 in damages (new hood and front fender).
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Thanks for the comments-we are counting our blessings today.
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You were smart to take the action you did - I've seen pictures of a deer going through a windshield. The damage doesn't look all that bad, either. And Jelpee - you are lucky you only had $700 in damages from hitting a deer. Last fall our poor Honda Fit had over $9,000 damages when we hit a bear.
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i had a friend that was killed when he hit a horse on the interstate..
be VERY VERY glad you only had property costs..

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One other thing that surprised me-this car has side airbags-none of them deployed-which in this case is good. I have been driving for 46 years and this is my first accident so I don't know much about airbags-but she gave the car a pretty good whack.
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The sensors that trigger the air bags are fairly specific. Ours didn't go off when we hit the bear (otherwise they would have totaled the car), even though the entire front end and hood were smashed up. The sensors are lower down, I think on the bumper and the bear hit higher up on the hood. I was really glad they didn't go off, since my other half was able to smoothly pull over and stop - the bear was thrown clear (and disappeared, no less!).
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