Niece in Crash, prayers and lessons learned

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    Niece in Crash, prayers and lessons learned

    Got a call from my sister yesterday.

    Friday night at 11:00 pm the car my niece (19) was riding in went off the road (to miss a deer), over a cliff, jumped a creek, flipped at least 4 times, and ended up on its side down over a steep embankment over 80 feet from the road. She was able to climb out of the sunroof but couldn't walk. Her friend was pinned in the car. She couldn't find her cell phone, but somehow managed to find a flashlight that had been in the car. She laid down there on the ground in the cold for 6 and a half hours until a car came by and saw her shining the flashlight (this was out in the boondocks). She's pretty banged up but seems she will be ok. Her friend, the driver, is in a lot worse shape with a lot of broken bones but seems stable. It's a miracle they're alive.

    The police called my sister at 6:00 am yesterday morning and told them. That's a call no parent ever wants to get.

    This brought up a couple of things to think about.

    1) Never swerve to miss an animal. I learned this in college when I swerved to miss a dog and almost rolled a truck. I love animals, but if they're in the road it isn't worth risking your life over. A couple years later I squared a deer at 65 MPH and I just held on tight and didn't swerve. At that speed, any swerve could have lost control.

    2) Have your cell phone on your person rather than laying in the car. In a crash, stuff gets tossed all over the place (especially in a roll over). With injuries, time to get help can be critical.

    3) Never underestimate the importance of having a good flashlight on hand. In this case it may have saved their lives.

    Just thought I would share what's going on and a couple thoughts on the situation.
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    Good points. I hope all turns out OK.

    Your Niece had her wits about her.

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    Prayers sent

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    Prayers sent and thanks for the tips... good info.
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    My prayers for your niece and her friend after such a terrible accident. I truly hope they both heal and get back to normal.
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    Wow. Very scary. Hope they both make a full recovery. Very good tips; it's always better to have the things you need and not need them, then to need them and not have them!
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    Wow,hopefully they will have a full recovery.Sounded like they went for a tumble.Deer are bad here as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandpgrl View Post
    Wow,hopefully they will have a full recovery.Sounded like they went for a tumble.Deer are bad here as well.
    This was in NC...I hit a deer there years ago, and narrowly missed on 4 other occasions. My MIL has hit several in NC too. They're everywhere. Perhaps they need to flip the deer season where you can only NOT hunt them for several weeks a year.
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    Done. And very good points made.
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    Thanks for the reminder, I'll share the advice with loved ones as well. It's terrible how many people are hurt or killed swerving to miss an animal or debris in the road.

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    Thoughts are with your family

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    Friday night at 11:00 pm the car my niece (19) was riding in went off the road (to miss a deer), over a cliff, jumped a creek, flipped at least 4 times, and ended up on its side down over a steep embankment over 80 feet from the road. She was able to climb out of the sunroof but couldn't walk. Her friend was pinned in the car.
    Bad situation. Glad she's okay, more or less.


    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    1) Never swerve to miss an animal. I learned this in college when I swerved to miss a dog and almost rolled a truck. I love animals, but if they're in the road it isn't worth risking your life over.
    Have struck a few animals myself, in previous lives. Have come up quickly on a herd of deer (ugly), and upon an elk (uglier), but struck none of them. Have come around corners in free-range country to find large beef cattle and steers on numerous occasions, but struck none of them (thankfully). Can't count the number of smaller critters I've mowed down when swerving would have been dangerous (ie, raccoon on down). It's just not worth it, to swerve to the point of losing control.

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    2) Have your cell phone on your person rather than laying in the car. In a crash, stuff gets tossed all over the place (especially in a roll over). With injuries, time to get help can be critical.
    One your person is crucial, for the reasons your niece found out.

    It's just as important has having our firearms, knives and lights on our persons, too, for all the same basic reasons.


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    3) Never underestimate the importance of having a good flashlight on hand. In this case it may have saved their lives.
    Yup. Got them around the home, in the car, in the BOB, and generally with me on my person, certainly with me anytime I'm heading out where being in the boonies and/or in the dark is likely to happen.


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