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Dog hit by car. liable?

shanecr Avatar
5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
My wife popped over to her friends earlier and on her way witness her friends dog being run over. I think dog bolted out front door when opened for my approaching wife. The driver i think quickly apologised and left. My wife believes he was speeding. the dog required staples etc and there is probably a fair bill.
Nothing has been reported, i have said that if driver claims the car is damaged then her friend is liable.
Is this true? and is he also at fault for leaving the scene without giving details to police? could he be at fault and responsible for any vet bills ? (doubtful i think)
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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
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1 Like #1
dog was not restrained , so owners fault,
1 Like #2
Dont know the answer, just wanted to pass my sympaties
#3
I agree with the above, unfortunately it's the dog owner's fault for not having control over the dog. Hope the pooch makes a good recovery.
#4
i figured as much. its not even a main road. probably just as well the driver bolted.
#5
shanecr
i figured as much. its not even a main road. probably just as well the driver bolted.


Driver could always report the matter within 24 hours then the Police may go knocking at the owner's door. This is where third party liability insurance is handy.
#6
think about it, how u gonna prove it

"your neibour thinks he might have been speeding"

thats not gonna stand up in court

Hope, the dog recoveres btw

Edited By: nebno6 on Jan 22, 2011 21:36
#7
simplyjimbo
shanecr
i figured as much. its not even a main road. probably just as well the driver bolted.


Driver could always report the matter within 24 hours then the Police may go knocking at the owner's door. This is where third party liability insurance is handy.


with any luck, driver doesnt know that its dog owners fault. Also he may be one of the idiots round here that has no license. which could explain why he bolted.
#8
shanecr

with any luck, driver doesnt know that its dog owners fault. Also he may be one of the idiots round here that has no license. which could explain why he bolted.


Fingers crossed he is an illegal driver then. My dog got run over a few years ago, no damage to the car as it was a 4x4 range rover but £5500, yes that's £5500, later she is alive and still kicking. All I can say is thank god that the insurance company paid out.

Edited By: simplyjimbo on Jan 22, 2011 21:46
#9
do you have too stop if you hit a dog ?????
i no if you hit a cat you do not have too stop
#10
yozzman1234
do you have too stop if you hit a dog ?????
i no if you hit a cat you do not have too stop


Yes, you have to stop if you hit a dog
#11
whatsThePoint
yozzman1234
do you have too stop if you hit a dog ?????i no if you hit a cat you do not have too stop


you have to report it to the police within 24 hours

well you dont have to report it if you hit a cat , whats the differance
#12
dcx_badass
The owner should be liable for putting lives at risk, idiot.


Sometimes a dog owner doesn't have a chance to stop a dog from bolting out the door which may have been the case here but still it's all about the control of a dog.

My dog was hit by an idiot driver who drove too close to the kerb, well he was more riding on the kerb, just missing myself but unfortunately hitting my dog who was on a lead. Like the driver in this matter he buggered off sharply not even seeing how we were. Knowing the justice system in this land I would have still been to blame.
#13
As above it is against the law not to stop if you hit a dog. I don't know why it's not for a cat but as said above probably because cats run around freely.
#14
If he was on the kerb then it was his fault if he wasnt then it was yours,He can only be one or the other,
simplyjimbo
dcx_badass
The owner should be liable for putting lives at risk, idiot.
Sometimes a dog owner doesn't have a chance to stop a dog from bolting out the door which may have been the case here but still it's all about the control of a dog. My dog was hit by an idiot driver who drove too close to the kerb, well he was more riding on the kerb, just missing myself but unfortunately hitting my dog who was on a lead. Like the driver in this matter he buggered off sharply not even seeing how we were. Knowing the justice system in this land I would have still been to blame.
#15
simplyjimbo
dcx_badass
The owner should be liable for putting lives at risk, idiot.


Sometimes a dog owner doesn't have a chance to stop a dog from bolting out the door which may have been the case here but still it's all about the control of a dog.

My dog was hit by an idiot driver who drove too close to the kerb, well he was more riding on the kerb, just missing myself but unfortunately hitting my dog who was on a lead. Like the driver in this matter he buggered off sharply not even seeing how we were. Knowing the justice system in this land I would have still been to blame.

so was he close to the kerb or did he bump up the kerb onto the path????
banned#16
yozzman1234
do you have too stop if you hit a dog ?????
i no if you hit a cat you do not have too stop


I think its because cats are insignificant. You don't have to stop after an accident for a dog either, but you do have to report the incident to the police within 24 hours.
#17
Put it this way the kerb and the wall of his tyre were touching, technically you would say that he was at fault for riding the kerb. Either way it's history now and my dog is alive. Shame his tyres were so large otherwise he would have knackered his rims up.
#18
simplyjimbo
Put it this way the kerb and the wall of his tyre were touching, technically you would say that he was at fault for riding the kerb. Either way it's history now and my dog is alive. Shame his tyres were so large otherwise he would have knackered his rims up.

am happy your dog is fine , but he/she was not at fault , they would only be at fault if they mounted the kerb. the dog must of been over the kerb to get hit by the car
#19
The dog was sat at the kerb and the car came out of nowhere but I guess as her face was over the kerb as the vet said it's a tough call who to blame. I know if I had come close to hitting someone or did hit something I would have stopped to see all was ok. Either way having insurance cover for the vet bills and 3rd party damages was a life saver for her and is a must for all dog owners.

Hope the OPs friend's dog recovers though.
banned#20
is the car ok?
1 Like #21
Criminal offence committed by dog owner, dangerously out of control in a public place

Edited By: mobter83 on Jan 22, 2011 23:20
#22
The lack of accountability on pet owners is astounding in this country.

"believe he was speeding is basically irrelevant and unprovable i suspect.

A driver could of swerved and **** other people rather than the dog, sorry but the dog comes a very distinct second.

If I had a canine that could run out the door like that I;'d have a wallet/gated front garden.

Why is it that pet owners are always seen as the victims to circumstance but they are never scrutinised for their LACK of actions?

Amazing.
#23
shanecr
i figured as much. its not even a main road. probably just as well the driver bolted.


The driver could sue for distressed caused to them due to careless and thoughtless owner.
Unlikely I admit but there nonetheless.
#24
a dog should be under control at all times, regardless of doors/gates being open etc. I know these things happen but owner responsibilty has to be accepted.
As a dog owner I have 3rd party liability insurance, never had to use it yet thank goodness, but if one of my dogs were to be loose and cause an accident the sole responsibilty would be mine.
Glad the dog is ok.
#25
If I remember correctly from my driving instructor:

If you hit a dog during a driving test, you fail. This is because a dog can be the same size as a small child.
If you hit a cat, you can still pass (providing you're good at everything else!) because, 9 times out of 10 you probably won't even see the cat as they're so small.
[mod]#26
beatrixkiddo79
If I remember correctly from my driving instructor:

If you hit a dog during a driving test, you fail. This is because a dog can be the same size as a small child.
If you hit a cat, you can still pass (providing you're good at everything else!) because, 9 times out of 10 you probably won't even see the cat as they're so small.


That is absolute rubbish. If a dog escapes his lead and then bounds in to the road you are going to not exactly have a chance to stop or avoid the situation.

It will all be down to fact and degree as to whether you pass or fail.
#27
YOur friend should be happy that the Dog is fine and just needed stitches. Could of been a lot worse and dog could be dead. I for one would not be bothered about any vet bills as long as my dog ok.
People are just so greedy.
Brings me back to 4 years ago when i knocked down a 13 year old child (not same as dog i know) but the 13 year old was drinking cider for 5 hours with her friends and ran in front of my car causing loads of damage to herself and my car,my insurance company went round the house of the girl in question and made her father sign a disclaimer saying they would not claim against my insurance down the line for the accident. I had to pay £500 excess on my insurance to get my car fixed,my insurance company advised me to go round the girls parents house and demand the £500 from them. I could not do this as even though it was not my fault i would feel bad asking the parents of the girl for the money. Just glad she was ok. Long story but what the hell..........Be happy the Dog is fine and get over it.
#28
Cats are considered by the road traffic act independant enough not to be classed as 'property'.
Dogs are not, and you have to report it within 24 hours. Same with various cattle.
#29
maybe she should invest in a fence to stop it from happening again and possibly causing some serious damage or loss of life.....

wtf.....trying to finger the blame at the driver clutching at straws hoping he's illegal

she is lucky he didnt stop and report the owner for not having control over her animal

It is an offence to have a dog on a designated road without it being held on a lead.


Animals Act 1971

You could be liable for damage caused by your dog under this Act or under some degree of negligence. It is highly advisable to have third party liability insurance to cover this, something that is included in most pet and some household insurance policies.



Edited By: casparwhite on Jan 24, 2011 01:15
#30
well. thought people might be interested to hear, the driver of the car that hit my neighbours dog DOESNT have a license. Clutching at straws eh? or good judge of character when some heartless idiot drives off after hitting an animal.
#31
shanecr
well. thought people might be interested to hear, the driver of the car that hit my neighbours dog DOESNT have a license. Clutching at straws eh? or good judge of character when some heartless idiot drives off after hitting an animal.


your friend still needs to keep control of the dog regardless that the driver was a tool (_;)
#32
choc1969
shanecr
well. thought people might be interested to hear, the driver of the car that hit my neighbours dog DOESNT have a license. Clutching at straws eh? or good judge of character when some heartless idiot drives off after hitting an animal.


your friend still needs to keep control of the dog regardless that the driver was a tool (_;)


you know, i personally have never, not once, seen that dog out the front of the house, it was a fluke incident and not down to lack of dog control. Only time her dogs leave the front door is with a leash on. Even then they leave via the back door. Luckily, the dog should recover well and im sure my neighbour will take even greater care in the future.
#33
tara1082
YOur friend should be happy that the Dog is fine and just needed stitches. Could of been a lot worse and dog could be dead. I for one would not be bothered about any vet bills as long as my dog ok.
People are just so greedy.
Brings me back to 4 years ago when i knocked down a 13 year old child (not same as dog i know) but the 13 year old was drinking cider for 5 hours with her friends and ran in front of my car causing loads of damage to herself and my car,my insurance company went round the house of the girl in question and made her father sign a disclaimer saying they would not claim against my insurance down the line for the accident. I had to pay £500 excess on my insurance to get my car fixed,my insurance company advised me to go round the girls parents house and demand the £500 from them. I could not do this as even though it was not my fault i would feel bad asking the parents of the girl for the money. Just glad she was ok. Long story but what the hell..........Be happy the Dog is fine and get over it.


Some little """" on bikes near a non main road but still quite busy one were messing about and kept going back and forth between the correct side but when my dad was driving his car they went onto the wrong side of the road causing my dad to crash(luckily it was a road in town so had speed limit) did next to no damage at first but the car behind plowed into us and the kids laughed gave the finger to us and then rushed off.

To make matters worse the people in the other car wanted my dad to pay for their repairs/excess(whatever it was) and they themselves lied as there was a woman driver in the car and no passengers yet it was her husband that made the claim saying he was driving.

So utter """" on both car drivers and pedestrians there!

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