Personal Injury Claims Made Because Pet-Owner Failed to Secure Animal

by Jay W.
(Rockville, MD, USA)

Did you know that you can make a personal injury claim against your neighbor if you are hurt when their negligence causes you to hit their large dog or other animal? Assuming that your neighbor has home owners or renters insurance and you can prove that the animal was their property, you are entitled to. Homeowners and renters insurance policies carry personal injury liability coverages just as automobile policies do.

If you live in an area with laws requiring animals to be leashed or fenced in or otherwise controlled yet the animal gets loose and runs into the roadway, your neighbor is negligent. Most people feel badly if they hit someone’s beloved pet, but say that pet is a 200+ lb dog that comes through the windshield of your small car and injures your front seat passenger. It could be an even larger cow or a horse that was not fenced in properly. Those injuries are real. Responsible pet owners do what they must to keep their animals out of the road, not only for the pet’s safety but for the public’s.

This article is approved for informational purposes and is not intended to take the place of competent local legal counsel.



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