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    Unhappy Run down deer and damaged my car. !!!!


    Hi all,
    I aint in a good humour today. Pig sick, gutted and damn right annoyed.
    I had an accident in my sri last night, I ran down a small deer and it has knocked the out of my front bumper.
    I was going along a single track back road and this beast came out of nowhere. Was doing about 60 at the time, slammed on the anchors and must have hit the deer at approx 30mph.
    On checking damage in daylight I see that there is also 3 small dents on my bonnet, where the deers head with antlers had bounced off. The off side headlight has moved and the off side corner of the bumper has burst and distorted.
    I don't know if I should just repair it myself or if I should tell my insurance or use this as an opportunity to fit a VXR bumper.
    I have protected no-claims on my insurance with 22 years claim free driving, will this make a difference to my renewal premium.
    Any advice appreciated.
    Last edited by n_hudson; 11th July 2009 at 08:08. Reason: Swear filter... anymore, threads gone!

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    i think i woul teel the insurance if you are protected mate i hit a dear in a escort van a few years back wrote the van clean of glad no harm done two you mate
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    No harm to me or my daughter. Thank god for the safety of the vectra and my big V6 disc brakes, if I had been using my wife's clio then it could have been a lot worse.

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    thats true mate think you would be alot lot lot worse of you was in a clio i would tell my insurance let them fix it its what we pay for
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil71 View Post
    I have protected no-claims on my insurance with 22 years claim free driving, will this make a difference to my renewal premium
    I hit a fox on the M74 (at night and at full pelt too!) just a week after buying my car
    It destroyed the nearside of the front bumper, requiring it to be replaced

    The accident was classed as :
    Non fault - animal impact, no other vehicles - cost £1000

    My NCB wasn't affected

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    As above mate tell insurance hope you get it fixed soon

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    "was going along a single track back road and this beast came out of nowhere. Was doing about 60 at the time, slammed on the anchors and must have hit the deer at approx 30mph."



    why going so fast along a road like that? firstly coz of having family in car and secondly because of chance of animals running out in front. i'm always more cautious when driving along those sort of roads

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboynigs View Post
    "was going along a single track back road and this beast came out of nowhere. Was doing about 60 at the time, slammed on the anchors and must have hit the deer at approx 30mph."



    why going so fast along a road like that? firstly coz of having family in car and secondly because of chance of animals running out in front. i'm always more cautious when driving along those sort of roads
    TBH I was thinking that myself when I read the post, 60mph on a single track does sound a little fast to me, which may have possibly contributed to the incident.
    Still... we are always wiser after, just pleased that no-one was hurt, thats the main thing, cars can be fixed or replaced. Though I'm sure the deer was not too happy.

    The wife and I once had a lucky escape on the Bridgnorth to Shrewsbury Road, at the top of a long hill there is a deep cutting where the side hedges/brambles rise quite steeply with woods either side. While driving through this cutting a large deer with full antlers suddenly jumped down from the righthand hedge and climbed up the left side, followed by a second one.
    This happened about 20ft in front of our car, luckily I had slowed a little due the the road narrowing at this point, but it shook us up quite a bit at the time. Hate to think what would have happened to my beloved vec-c and to the deer if I'd been a couple of seconds earlier.

    We could'nt really believe what had just happened, we were lucky indeed that day.

    It's mainly the suicidal pheasants we have to watch out for where we live, (loads of them) and the odd brown owl stood in the middle of the road late at night.
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    Hi Neil71

    Get car fixed on insurance. Have the deer lightly grilled.

    neilrj

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    Check with the local council first, a friend hit a deer once and the council contributed as they has a duty of care to keep the animals off the road!

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