Tuesday night after I dropped off my granddaughter Alice, a deer ran out in front of my car in the rural area where my daughter lives. The first thing I saw was the head of the doe on the passenger’s side front above the headlight and then the strong bump. Thank God that was all. I didn’t drive off the road or have the deer hit through the windshield. There was no place to pull over, so I just went on home. I didn’t see much damage in the near dark light when I got there, and was feeling quite blessed.
Yesterday in the daylight, the situation was different. The car in the pictures above is not my car but it had some similar damage. My damage was not so dramatic, though. There was a crack in my bumper, some separation, hair from the deer along the side, and small light cover gone. I went to my mechanic, Paul Brown who does fine work. He, after a quick look estimated at least $1000. A thousand dollars? Well, I could be so much worse. . . no fault is blamed on the driver, their was no accident involved with another car, I was unhurt. . . .
I went for an estimate which was just over $1000. . . . good job Paul. I received a check, and our policy contains car rental. I am just waiting for room in the schedule when all the new parts are assembled. My car seems to be fine to drive with no leaks under the car.
Deer are a huge problem around here. I had posted a blog about a doe in the center of town during thing summer. They are forever eating gardens, flowers especially day lilies as well as searching for drinking water. A friend said, ” They should be killed to be eaten, of course!”
The wife of a colleague of my husband was in the hospital for a long time after such an accident. I have always wondered how hunters could kill such gentle animals. I will never forget this deer who rushed out of the dark of night to me, and not too warmly.
Here is a thank you to my insurance company, GEICO by showing one of their clever commercials which will be familiar to people in the US, but new, I think, for my friends abroad.
This makes me smile every time I see it with perfect casting and accident!