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Old 01-05-2020, 05:05 PM
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The little dog came from nowhere. My wife saw it and yelled watch out causing me to swerve slightly. Very close call. It came from behind a parked car and was moving fast.

the panic and then the relief when I saw it in my rear view was unreal. Busy road but it got across.

I couldn’t imagine the feeling if I had hit it.
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Had it happen to me as well... Unfortunately the little dog lost and didn't make it and its been with me ever since... I couldn't stop but did afterwards. I love animals so made it that much worse. Glad to hear of the positive outcome...
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Originally Posted by lobsdiver1 View Post
The little dog came from nowhere. My wife saw it and yelled watch out causing me to swerve slightly. Very close call. It came from behind a parked car and was moving fast.

the panic and then the relief when I saw it in my rear view was unreal. Busy road but it got across.

I couldn’t imagine the feeling if I had hit it.
Worse if your impulsive swerve would have been into a child or a person.
The dog owner is at fault.
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Originally Posted by lobsdiver1 View Post
The little dog came from nowhere. My wife saw it and yelled watch out causing me to swerve slightly. Very close call. It came from behind a parked car and was moving fast.

the panic and then the relief when I saw it in my rear view was unreal. Busy road but it got across.

I couldn’t imagine the feeling if I had hit it.
Thank you for being a decent human being.
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Originally Posted by dssmith View Post
Worse if your impulsive swerve would have been into a child or a person.
The dog owner is at fault.
yeah, I couldn’t swerve much due to oncoming traffic. Fortunately, they had a good vantage point and were able to stop while the dog got to the other side.
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Last weekend I was driving at the beach after the sun had just gone down driving my very well lit up Dodge 3500 dually, when a kid holding a skateboard runs right out in front of me while he was looking the complete opposite direction, he was in front of a parked car so I could not see him until he was right in front of me. I slammed on the brakes, and swerved, and honked the horn in just enough time for him to step back. It was 100% his fault, but it took days and days for me to get it out of my mind thinking about what that would have done to my life and my children's life if it would have been a split-second different. Once you have enough time after something occurs like that to think about the domino effect that would take place running over somebody, even when it's not your fault, really is a very scary eye-opening experience. I had to put a dog out of its misery one time after finding it in the road where someone had hit it with a car, even though I knew I did the right humane thing it's still affected me for a very long time.
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It’s happened to me also. I just missed hitting a dog with my truck one day. I stopped to check and the owner came out of his house cursing me out because I had driven over his flower garden and into his back yard. Maybe next time.
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I had a big dog run out in front of me while I was on a 750 Honda years ago though it would be the end ...for a second
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Ya mowed over the neighbours dog a few years ago with him in the truck, I felt like shit he said shit happens. Better then rolling the truck.

Ran over 3 or 4 cars. Didn’t even blink
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My first boss ran over his wife’s Dachshund just by backing out of the driveway. He never liked that dog, they got divorced about 7 years later.
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Originally Posted by lobsdiver1 View Post
The little dog came from nowhere. My wife saw it and yelled watch out causing me to swerve slightly. Very close call. It came from behind a parked car and was moving fast.

the panic and then the relief when I saw it in my rear view was unreal. Busy road but it got across.

I couldn’t imagine the feeling if I had hit it.
Never swerve for an animal...you put yourself and others in danger. Not your fault the dog's owner is irresponsible.
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When I was little I always remember driving back from a weekend in the mountains, cat ran out in the middle of the road and you could hear the thump thump as my father drove over it.

The entire family was sitting on their front porch including some small kids who were crying hysterically. We stopped to watch father just scrape it up off the road and throw it in a trash can. Just a cat so no big loss.

My my grandmother had a large dog run into the passengers door once. She stopped butbthe owner kept saying the dog is fine keep going. When she got home she realized why the dogs owner wanted her to leave. Psssebgers door and front 1/4 panel were destroyed.
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Had an African american gentlemen, sans the shirt, with a bottle in a paper bag cross a 6 lane, 45 mph road in front of me when I was 18. He didn't fair so well. It was not my fault. Didn't break his bottle though.
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Originally Posted by mtty View Post
Had an African american gentlemen, sans the shirt, with a bottle in a paper bag cross a 6 lane, 45 mph road in front of me when I was 18. He didn't fair so well. It was not my fault. Didn't break his bottle though.

That sucks man. Even if it’s not your fault. You still have to live with it(
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Originally Posted by Bigrodholder View Post
Never swerve for an animal...you put yourself and others in danger. Not your fault the dog's owner is irresponsible.
very hard to do since instinct is always to avoid hitting something. Saw a guy hit a tire in the road over the weekend when a car in front of him changed lanes to miss it but was not time for car behind to swerve and miss it. Turned out ok but did some damage as he pulled off the road.
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Originally Posted by lobsdiver1 View Post
very hard to do since instinct is always to avoid hitting something. Saw a guy hit a tire in the road over the weekend when a car in front of him changed lanes to miss it but was not time for car behind to swerve and miss it. Turned out ok but did some damage as he pulled off the road.
Lucky

There was a kid killed when he ran over a dead deer on the road and it through him into on coming traffic several years back at home
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Driving on the highway at 55 mph towing my boat with a simi-truck besides me in the slow lane when in a split second a small Chihuahua darted out from the slow lane in front of me. Couldn't swerve nor stop...then felt the "thump thump". It dodged the simi but didn't dodge me...I felt bad for the next day or two but shit happens.
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Don't swerve....keep vehicle under control, often consequences become much worse for you and others....
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Dog should not have been loose and you probably shouldn't have swerved. It's better just to brake.

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Dogs are animals same as deer, coons, a squirrel crossing the road. I'd hate to hit anyone's "fur baby" but I'm not about to cause a crash via swerving to miss any critters. I've pounded that into my wife and kids heads as well. HIT the animal, we'll deal with the aftermath. I'd rather watch a little child cry because their Fido broke loose and ran up under one of my kids tires at speed than I had see my wife cry at my kids funeral because they swerved to miss Fido and ended up rolling their auto down an embankment!

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