Ok, so hitting a stationary object (in this instance a carcass of some sort) in the road at night because you didn't see it does not mean you were overdriving your headlights.Ghost Rider,
You miss understood what happened. While I could see what was up ahead in the slow lane, when I moved over to the fast lane the elk which had been in the darkness was suddenly illuminated and too close for stopping distance. Think of it this way, you are doing 50mph and you spot something at the edge of your headlights you can stop within that distance. Now image a ground hog pops up out of a hole 1/2 way between you and the edge of your headlights, you can't stop that fast, even though you aren't outdriving your headlight reach. With the road curving and me switching lanes the elk wasn't illuminated until it was too late, call it what you will...
Whatever. I'm sure the same thing would have happened even if you were driving slower.