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Deer out of nowhere

by Michele
(Shepherdstown, WV)

Moved into WV and heard the stories but, did not believe that deer tend to "come out of nowhere" - until it happened to me.

I was just 5 mins from my house, after a 2 hr commute from friends in Virginia, when all of a sudden out of the trees bolts a doe. She came from the left and landed right in front of my car.
Not even a chance to swerve! All I could do was slam on the brakes and she hit my front bumper, rolled on my hood and windshield and flew over the top.

Amazingly enough, I was ok, my car needs a new bumper and hood...no damage to the windshield. Another amazing thing...I was not initally phased by it...not until 2 days later!

Now, I am very timid and skiddish behind the wheel. I have to drive 15 mins to my van pool...that is all I want to do and nothing extra!

It would not be so bad if it wasn't for the fact that the doe bolted out of trees and thickets ... in broad daylight! I feel like one of those kids walking through a haunted house waiting for something to jump out of nowhere when I drive now! This sucks!

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Jun 16, 2010
Just a thought
by: scott f

Hi Michele,
I am sorry to read that due to your accident, you're now 'timid' behind the wheel. There's no doubt that being involved in any accident can leave us with post-traumatic stress - to varying degrees. There is one suggestion I have that may really help you regain your confidence; have you considered doing an advanced driving course? It's worth a try if you haven't done one. It will help you get back the confidence you had prior to your accident and you will learn how to handle all types of road conditions and situations, and, it can be a lot of fun as well as quite interesting. Being timid can be awfully limiting - even dangerous. Why not give it a go? You have nothing to loose! I was in a major accident (my story is on this site - 'Surviving a head-on') so I understand how you feel. All the best, Scott.

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