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Cage wreck yesterday

Ok first things first I'm ok. still shook up but ok.

So I'm traveling on 75 north druing holiday traffic. I'm around Findlay for those who know Ohio. 75 is a 4 lane divided highway. There's a grassy median and a grassy ditch for about 35-40ft to the right then a barbwire fence then a corn field. (big surprise a corn field in ohio)

I have my cruise set at 67 or 68 and i'm in the far right lane behind a semi. It starts raining so I shut off my cruise control and i'm at 67. I see two cars in the median who had a wreck so the semi and I back off to about 65 because about that time it starts raining harder and it's getting foggy. Well a few miles down the road it really starts pouring and I can't see even with my wipers on high so I back off to 55-60. Well about that time another semi comes up beside me on my left. (i'm still in the right lane next to the grass) I start getting squirrely and end up in flowing with traffic sideways. I complete a whole turn on 75 with traffic before I go down into the ditch. I continue sliding and I spin two more times in the ditch before coming to a stop in the fence.

Damage is as follows

Rear bumper (sorry about the pics it was pouring and all I had was a cell phone)


Left Front tire


And the fence took my front license plate as a souvenir.


Car is drivable but only if you keep it below 55. It starts to shake at 55 and I had my dad drive it home. (dad's a mechanic )

The guy that stopped to help said he was shocked the semi that was still behind me didn't hit me. He said that the guy got squirrley and then I was off the road.

I didn't get cited or anything because the cop said there was no property damage and I could still drive my car. He didn't even ask me for my name, license, insurance, or registration.

On the way home my mom gets a call and my Grandma got into an accident in town. She's ok but her car isn't drivable.
If these things happen in 3's i'm staying in bed for the next week.......

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Personally when conditions deteriorate to the situation you described, I typically pull off the road and stop.... I've had several close calls and have actually lost a few people because they weren't driving for the conditions....

Can't tell you how many times I've seen college kids rollin' @ 70 when conditions would tell you to drive around 35-40...... That's the main reason I stop.... I'm not worried about me doin' something stupid as much as I'm worried about other cager's doing somethin' stupid and me getting wrapped up in it.

But hey. Glad you came out okay.
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damn jenna, glad you are ok

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Personally when conditions deteriorate to the situation you described, I typically pull off the road and stop.... I've had several close calls and have actually lost a few people because they weren't driving for the conditions....

Can't tell you how many times I've seen college kids rollin' @ 70 when conditions would tell you to drive around 35-40...... That's the main reason I stop.... I'm not worried about me doin' something stupid as much as I'm worried about other cager's doing somethin' stupid and me getting wrapped up in it.

But hey. Glad you came out okay.
Glad you're okay! Sounds like a helluva ride

I've been through some nasty stuff, but never come close to losing it. And it takes a lot for me to slow down to 35 on any kind of road. I've seen cars all over the damn place in NC from a little ice storm, and I'm still cruising at 60 with no trouble. Stopping just means you have to wait for the weather to move- which takes a while in all the valleys around here. Better to keep moving than to wait for the fog banks or snow drifts to settle in. That said- if I can't see the lines on the road, and/or two car lengths ahead, my @$$ is crawling.

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Glad you made it without anything happening to YOU. Vehicles are just a mode of transportation and can be fixed/replaced.

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Personally when conditions deteriorate to the situation you described, I typically pull off the road and stop.... .
It's only safe to pull off if you can get off the road and I do NOT mean the shoulder. A rest area or marked pulloff area.

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haha yea i've had to pull over cause of rain

but this wasn't just the the rain that was causing me not to see it was the spray from the semi in front of me...But since it was raining that hard everyone was slowing down so finding a nice speed to stay away from the semi was hard.

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It's only safe to pull off if you can get off the road and I do NOT mean the shoulder. A rest area or marked pulloff area.

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Yea I was about 3/4miles from the nearest exit and the shoulder was a no

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Glad you made it without anything happening to YOU. Vehicles are just a mode of transportation and can be fixed/replaced.



It's only safe to pull off if you can get off the road and I do NOT mean the shoulder. A rest area or marked pulloff area.

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Yeah. typially take an exit and wait at the gas station for a few minutes.... typically in Tx the "rough" part moves on w/i about 5 to 10 mins.... and I tend to pull over when I have trouble seeing the lines, and you still have dipshlts rollin' thru at 70.
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glad yur OK.

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if these things DO come in threes, stay home. glad you made it home alright though.

I try to pull off the road in such crappy weather if I can find a safe place to get off the road. if it starts rainin faster than my wipers can clear it, I"m off the road til it passes.
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ya man it happens. i was in a buddies truck when he took a right hand a little too hard and rolled into a ditch. and thats exactly when i learned breaking windows (in order to get out of the truck) is freaking hard. but i'm glad your safe. but hey, it's just another reason to sell the car, grab a new bike and a power comander, and throw down wheelies all day long on the way to work.
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bald tires or improperly inflated tires will cause hydroplaning in severe rainfall. that might be a reason you lost control. also, driving next to large trucks can cause a wind sheer, pushing your vehicle sideways.

glad no one was injured.
the mud in the tires will cause it to shake violently, just wash it off and get the alignment checked.

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Damn, good that you're all right and sorry to hear that.

However...

When the description is "it really starts pouring and I can't see even with my wipers on high" then 55 MPH is still way too fast--as you found out.
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remember that down pour in the smokeys coming down last time were there was about 5 inches of steady flowing water coming over the highway, that was crazy, i got video of about ten cars nearly running off the road crazy ****



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Glad your alright! Hope the experience keeps you safe next time!

Conditions can change in an instant and I am sure the turbulence of a semi was no help. Those things push alot of air around and coupled with a gust of wind are unpredictable!

Keep it slow enough for conditions and then slow down just a touch more to give you margin of error for the unexpected. I know I am probably preaching to the choir by now!

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I was through Findlay early this morning in my semi, returning to KY from Detroit. I'd say it was around 1:30am and it was still a clear sky. When I got to the south side of Lima around 2am the snow showers were coming down pretty good. It didn't take long for it to move up your way. Glad you're ok.

I slid my truck on ice in Toledo years ago and was cited for 'failure to control', even though ice had everything to do with it. As tough as the OHP is, you're lucky they didn't get a 'donation' from you.
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I hit a raccoon one year on a rain slicked road and spun into the ditch. I was ticketed for "driving too fast for conditions" I wanted to ask the trooper "just how fast should you drive on raccoons?!"
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I hit a raccoon one year on a rain slicked road and spun into the ditch. I was ticketed for "driving too fast for conditions" I wanted to ask the trooper "just how fast should you drive on raccoons?!"
Not at all- they have lousy traction characteristics unless you weigh 5 lbs.

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I hit a raccoon one year on a rain slicked road and spun into the ditch. I was ticketed for "driving too fast for conditions" I wanted to ask the trooper "just how fast should you drive on raccoons?!"
I would have
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