Oh Deer!!! It just came out of no where!!
On September 29th in the early morning, I hit a deer! My roommate was driving with me. We were on our way home from a ward activity up above Heber at a cabin. There were deer everywhere!! (like this pic I found on the internet) We had even stopped a few times to just watch them all. So I was going slowly out of the canyon watching carefully. Then...wham!! He came charging at us and hit the driver's side of the car in the front. I wonder if he just got spooked from the headlights and went crazy and came into the road. It's like he purposely timed it so that he would head-butt my light. When we came to a complete stop I put the car in park and opened the door. The deer was about 15 feet back just wriggling in the road. The poor thing didn't die. I wanted to put it out of its misery! I think I must have broken its legs. It just wriggled its body enough until it got itself off the road. At first it was wriggling in the the wrong direction and was coming towards the car. I got a little scared and realized it could suddenly charge me or others could come out to save their friend or something. But then he was gone soon.
Emilee told me to stop looking at the deer (so I didn't have nightmares or something) and said "what about your car?!" Oh yeah! My car! We looked. Just a light that was dangling and a little fur stuck to the car. I luckily had a flashlight and tape to fix up my car as to not loose parts on the way home.
I called mom even though it was 1 am. It was just my first response...to call home to get advice!
The funtimesguide.com says: If an encounter with a deer is inevitable, then you should hit the brakes up until the very last second of impact; suddenly releasing the brakes will send the deer propelling into the roadway rather than into your windshield." Source
"Most motorist deaths and injuries occur when drivers swerve to avoid hitting the deer and strike a fixed object, such as a tree or another vehicle. It may seem powerless, but simply applying your brakes while you're buckled up, gripping the steering wheel with both hands, and coming to a controlled stop (if possible) can actually help minimize damage and injuries." Source
Well...that's what I did! I was really lucky. The deer caused minimal damage.
It all could have been so much worse!! I'm so grateful it wasn't!!