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  1. chrisgreen

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    Look at the post "breakdown cover and dogs"
    Same story.
     
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    So sad about the dogs but scary and very lucky no one was killed, the m/ h walls looks so thin , I always believe that dogs transported on motorways regularly should be crated but in this instance not many would have survived
     
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    it appears they were crated:thumb:
    Just to make sure people know that the owners of these dogs were very responsible people who had all their dogs crated in Aircraft Approved crates. The motor-home was completely destroyed by the impact, and the three dogs which died were Rage the Toy Poodle, Sweetie the Cardigan and the new Crested puppy. It is widely reported that the RAC initially refused to help because there were dogs in the vehicle, and that the ladies had been waiting three hours in the early morning dark and cold before being hit by the lorry. The young lady who suffered a broken femur, collapsed lung and spinal fractures was Russian and had only been in this country a few hours. She was travelling with her two friends and all were on their way to a dog show.
     
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    thats a problem with thread titles,i see it but never opened it because it didn't interest me,i have no breakdown cover,and very really carry dogs.:Doh:
     
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    It will be interesting to see how the RAC explain away the three hour delay. The Hard Shoulder is a deadlier place than many war zones.
     
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    Here is a link to yesterday evening's discussion on this very subject Chris.
    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/motorhome-chat/75270-breakdown-cover-dogs.html
    This is absolutely awful, I see the RAC is doing a certain amount of damage limitation by saying a specialist vehicle was on its way, while this may be true they must assume some responsibility for this accident. Maybe some good will come out of it in that ALL vehicles MUST be removed from the motorway to a place of safety, lets hope so because it could happen to anyone, not just motor homers.
     
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    why didn't the RAC park up behind the motorhome with his emergency light's?
    although he refused to recover the motorhome with the dogs inside,he should have ensured the safety of the occupants and motorhome,i can see a huge lawsuit being filed against the RAC for lack of care:Sad:
     
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    please refer to post five in this thread:thumb:
     
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    But.. Dogs aside (and their death is very sad) ...
    It does underline why you should not sit in your broken down vehicle on the hard shoulder..
     
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    It's a sad incident but does any blame attach to the RAC?

    The cause of the initial breakdown is not mentioned in the press report so could the initial response vehicle have removed the MH from the motorway? We don't know.

    The initial response vehicle could have stayed at the scene but what other incidents may then have been left unattended and what would have been the consequences of that? We don't know.

    As Rainbow Chasers says Here on the other thread, there are several factors which have to be taken into account. None of those appear to have been considered by those criticising the RAC in their comments posted on the original article.
     
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    So, the Dethleffs was broken down for 3 hrs.......

    That presents a very real hazard on the motorway.

    RAC aside, where the bloody hell were the traffic police or Highway Agency wombles to at least provide some cones and flashing beacons to mitigate the danger to ALL motorway traffic?:Angry:
     
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    The other point is what was the HGV driver doing on the hard shoulder, instead of lane 1, in the first place? Another thing we don't know.
     
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    Wisdom with hindsight, don't be to hard on us, it was born out of sympathy with those injured. No doubt an inquiry will clarify the situation.
     
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    what other factors? the motorhome was broken down on a motorway hard shoulder,the RAC attended,and refused to recover,then LEFT the motorhome and its occupant to their fate:Angry:
    how any one can defend the RAC in this case is unbelievable:cry:
    iv had dealing's with the RAC years ago,and they are the reason i have NO breakdown cover,on any of my vehicles:RollEyes:
     
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    Usual reasons, falling asleep or distracted by satnav, phone, laptop, etc.

    The causes of most HGV motorway incidents.:Angry:
     
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    I have breakdown cover but it's for me not the vehicle but if I was broken down and had the family with me and the dog I would insist they take the misses and the boys off the motorway straight away. Don't forget there could be thousands of people out there driving around with a dog in there car and don't know they may be not recovered so I think rac etc should do more to make sure drivers know this. But I must say why was there know compromise on moving this mh regarding who or what was in it as 3 hours Is far to long to be sat on the hard shoulder I would have phone the police and said can you help as it's dangerous to us and other road users.
     
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    did the RAC inform any of the other agency's of the hazard???
    spose we will never know:Doh:
     
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    do you do much motorway driving Graham??
    iv seen lorry's,cars,vans,all wonder into the hard shoulder,on a daily basis:Doh:
     
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    Spot on good point I feel they should do what ever it takes for the safety of the broken down vehicle and other road users
     
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