New Orleans Car Wreck Caused by Hitting a Dog
Animals commonly cause car accidents, usually as a result of improper restraints. Example: a driver hits a dog roaming the streets. The driver then suffers damage to their car as well as injuries. Swerving to avoid the animal can also cause injuries and damage, which can be serious in some cases. If you’ve been involved in a car accident involving a dog, a New Orleans accident attorney from Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys can help give you advice and represent you in any legal action.
How Is Liability Handled?
Responsibility for proper dog restraint falls on the dog owner’s shoulders. Suggestions for restraint include leashes or enclosures. If a dog roams loose or escapes, liability for an accident caused falls onto the owner.
If the car accident involves other vehicles, their drivers may also share some responsibility for the accident. For example, if you stop suddenly because a dog runs into the road and the driver behind you hits your vehicle, he or she may also be held partially liable for the accident. The other driver is responsible for following at a safe distance that allows him or her to stop quickly.
Many of these types of accidents occur when the driver hits a dog that’s loose in the road, but others happen when a driver swerves to avoid hitting a dog. This can cause you to hit another car or an object such as a mailbox or light pole. Your car may even hit another vehicle or end up rolling over or in a ditch.
If this type of accident occurs, you’ll need to be able to identify the dog’s owner, which can sometimes be a challenge. Witnesses can sometimes help provide this information, especially if it occurred in a neighborhood. A dog may also have a collar or an implanted microchip that can identify its owner. If you can take a photo of the dog, this can also help you identify the dog’s owner at a later date.
What Type of Damage Can Occur When You Hit a Dog?
If you hit or swerve to avoid hitting a dog, damages may include the following:
- Property damage to your vehicle;
- Back and neck strain;
- Broken bones;
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI);
- Soft tissue injuries; and,
How Can a New Orleans Accident Attorney Help?
In car wreck caused by someone else’s dog? A New Orleans car accident attorney will represent you in legal action against the animal’s owner. The owner’s homeowner’s insurance company may also be part of your claim.
Many of these types of cases settle without going to court. Your attorney can help gather evidence to support and prove your case, including statements from eyewitnesses, medical reports, and more. If necessary, you and your lawyer can take the owner and/or the homeowner’s insurance company to court.
You may be able to recover money for damages such as medical bills, lost wages if you’re unable to work, and compensation for pain and suffering.
Contact a New Orleans accident attorney at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys at (504) 345-1111 if you’ve been in an accident caused by someone else’s dog. Our office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but we’re available 24/7 to take your call. You can also reach us via LiveChat if you prefer. We provide free consultations, and you’ll pay no fee unless you win your case.