leash laws? car damage after hitting dog.

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Important

United States

#1 Sep 23, 2009
Does Floyd County or Knott County have a leash law for pets?

I hit a huge German Shepherd dog with my car, on the 4 lane at night and it destroyed my front bumper, fog lights, front bumper panel lights and even broke off a car part under my vehicle( I don't know as of right now what the car part is, but its big, black, and looks like a box kind of..). I really dont know what other damage has been done because it happened last night around 8pm. It was dark, and as soon as it happened my car was making a loud noise, and so I was forced to pull over and wait for someone to come help me.

I have full coverage insurance that includes comprehensive coverage. I've already reported it to my insurance, but I must wait on a claim agent to call me in 1 business day. The insurance agent I spoke with couldn't answer my questions about my premium rate increasing if I went through with filing a claim.

I cannot afford a higher premium! So if there is increase in the premium rate, well then I just can't file a claim with my insurance. And having my only vehicle repaired out of my pocket is out of the question. I don't even know if my car is safe to drive, and won't know until the insurance claim agent comes out to look at it. This is my only vehicle, so now I am left without any transportation.

A total night mare. Horrible all the way around. Even though it did happen on the 4 lane, I know the area pretty well as I was a mail carrier there. So finding the dog owner won't be that difficult.

I felt so bad for hitting the dog, but I do understand its not my fault. And now my car is severely damaged.I was on my way home, and before my brain could even register it, I hit it. it happened in the blink of an eye. It could not have been prevented, and I now have to get my car fixed. In my opinion i should not be the one who has to pay for it either by the increase of my monthly premium, or by the charge coming out of my pocket.
I d k

Macon, GA

#2 Sep 23, 2009
I think the law is that you have to be in control of your car a all times. Not 4 sure contact a lawyer to find out.
oh yes

Chavies, KY

#3 Sep 23, 2009
you can bet your ass on a rate increase, people need to keep there shit eaters tied up!
dog killer

West Liberty, KY

#4 Sep 23, 2009
And people need to pay attention when they drive, you killed someones pet and you should have to pay for the dog.
What if it was a person the was crossing the road and you wasnt paying enough attention and hit them? you would be in jail.

The law states you must control of your vehicle at all times. Next time pay attention to your surrounding, stay off the cell phone or whatever was demaning your attention and hit the damn brakes.
doh

Pikeville, KY

#5 Sep 23, 2009
"I have full coverage insurance that includes comprehensive coverage..."

must be a newer model? quit whining and pay already. You killed someones pet but booo hooo your premium might go up......
Important

Costa Mesa, CA

#6 Sep 23, 2009
I cant wait till this happens to the morons saying I wasnt paying attention. Its the owners responsiblity to keep a dog safe. Not let it run the 4 lane. There is also a leash law. which means your pet needs to be on a leash, not running around destroying vehicles.
I didnt have a cell phone on me. I had to flag someone on the highway to pull over and let me use their cell phone. I was driving the speed limit and looking straight ahead. It was dark. When this happens to you, because it will eventually because people don't care enough about their dog to keep it out of the road.

I'd appreciate if only the grown ups reply to this, not the kids skipping school.

keep your pets safe, don't let them run freely destroying people's property.
dog killer

West Liberty, KY

#7 Sep 23, 2009
did you go back to check on the dog? The dog probabaly got off his chain or out of his lot
Good question

Chavies, KY

#8 Sep 23, 2009
This sounds like a question that should go on Issues and Answeres on WYMT! Let Gary Allen answer your question.
But seriously you might want to call the animal control or the Floyd County Animal shelter and find out.
I'm sorry your vehicle got damaged and I'm sorry for the pet owners.
A sad situation for everyone.
be tough

Manchester, KY

#9 Sep 23, 2009
dog killer wrote:
did you go back to check on the dog? The dog probabaly got off his chain or out of his lot
oh stop tryin to be a smart a$$ already...GEEeeeeee
Important

United States

#10 Sep 23, 2009
be tough wrote:
<quoted text>oh stop tryin to be a smart a$$ already...GEEeeeeee
yeah and obviously the dog died. I couldn't prevent what happened. Just like when a deer runs out and someone hits it, it totals out their vehicle.. I sure didnt ask for this to happen.

the police was there after it happened, when I was looking for the fog light panel that was broke off my car to see if it could be placed back on my car! the policeman agreed totally with me about the whole situation.
I would never intentionally hurt any animal, but this wasn't my fault.

its just a shame that an increase in my premium its mostly likely to occur, and a deducible has to be made out of my pocket. But I cannot drive my vehicle as is, because it also did under carriage damage, and broke my lights.
dog killer

West Liberty, KY

#11 Sep 23, 2009
Well if had time enough to look at the dog and tell that is was a german shepeard, You had time to hit your brakes and possibly prevent your accident.
Someone

Island City, KY

#12 Sep 23, 2009
If you are a mail carrier, you make good money. Quit bitching about your vehicle and feel sorry for the poor dog. It did not ask to get hit. It did not intetionally put itself in a dangerous situation. Maybe you could not have helped it, but please show concern for something other than yourself.
FCBOE EMPLOYEE

West Liberty, KY

#13 Sep 23, 2009
Seems like to me that accidents do happen! For instance where I live all you see are horses on the roadways and this is after dark. There as been two horses hit with people on them due to being ridden on the roadway after dark. Things Happen for a reason. Some bad some good. God has a plan for everything so DON'T Worry about it, it will all be O.K.

DCR
for real

United States

#14 Sep 23, 2009
Important wrote:
Does Floyd County or Knott County have a leash law for pets?
I hit a huge German Shepherd dog with my car, on the 4 lane at night and it destroyed my front bumper, fog lights, front bumper panel lights and even broke off a car part under my vehicle( I don't know as of right now what the car part is, but its big, black, and looks like a box kind of..). I really dont know what other damage has been done because it happened last night around 8pm. It was dark, and as soon as it happened my car was making a loud noise, and so I was forced to pull over and wait for someone to come help me.
I have full coverage insurance that includes comprehensive coverage. I've already reported it to my insurance, but I must wait on a claim agent to call me in 1 business day. The insurance agent I spoke with couldn't answer my questions about my premium rate increasing if I went through with filing a claim.
I cannot afford a higher premium! So if there is increase in the premium rate, well then I just can't file a claim with my insurance. And having my only vehicle repaired out of my pocket is out of the question. I don't even know if my car is safe to drive, and won't know until the insurance claim agent comes out to look at it. This is my only vehicle, so now I am left without any transportation.
A total night mare. Horrible all the way around. Even though it did happen on the 4 lane, I know the area pretty well as I was a mail carrier there. So finding the dog owner won't be that difficult.
I felt so bad for hitting the dog, but I do understand its not my fault. And now my car is severely damaged.I was on my way home, and before my brain could even register it, I hit it. it happened in the blink of an eye. It could not have been prevented, and I now have to get my car fixed. In my opinion i should not be the one who has to pay for it either by the increase of my monthly premium, or by the charge coming out of my pocket.
did the dog have owners tags? could it have been a stray and not someones beloved pet? Im sorry your car was messed up. Im sorry a dog was killed. If it was a person's pet, maybe they did have it kept safe, maybe it jumped the fence, or dug under it. again Im sorry for the damage your car sustained but before you assume the owners are negligent (if indeed the dog had owners)get all the facts first. Good luck with everything.
Important

United States

#15 Sep 23, 2009
Someone wrote:
If you are a mail carrier, you make good money. Quit bitching about your vehicle and feel sorry for the poor dog. It did not ask to get hit. It did not intetionally put itself in a dangerous situation. Maybe you could not have helped it, but please show concern for something other than yourself.
i use to be a mail carrier..Re read that. Was is past tense. Now I have been off work for almost a year due to a work related accident involving my arm. Going through comp. If anyone knows workers comp, you know its a battle. ive still not recieved any checks from them. But court is soon, and I pray for teh best because i barely make it now. i have no income due to a work related injury. So as you see I cannot afford to fix my car, and this wasnt caused by me. An Act of God, is what my insurance calls it!
And I knew it was agerman shepherd because the person who came to pick me up on the highway, told me it was a german shepherd.

Anyways obviously I'm writing to people who probably aren't old enough to drive yet, or people who have better luck than I have, and never had this situation.

To be a mature adult, you must picture yourself in someone else's shoes and think how you would handle a situation like this.

Your only vehicle was damaged by a loose dog. You can't even drive it because it knocked car parts out from under your car. You have children, and if you have an emergency you have no vehicle to take them, can't run to the store, etc etc . you must depend on someone else to drive you.

the only thing I was doing was coming home, and a dog was in the road, and unfortunately i was the one who hit it. But it could have been the coal truck behind me if it had happened 10 seconds later.

Its to bad that you have to explain every detail and type your life story to try to defend yourself of a situation that is in no way , shape or form my fault. the people who are blaming me, and etc, are people who have absolutely no common sense. its not the druggies who give wheelwright a bad name, its people like you, who have no walking around sense!!

Truth be told, you all probably are the ones who let your dogs run the neighborhood- illegally , in which they are biting kids, and surviving being ran over by a car for the 10th time, because your to lazy to care for it. In my opinion that's animal abuse.
Someone

Island City, KY

#16 Sep 23, 2009
My dogs have leashes and collars. they do not run loose, but sometimes accidents happen. A dog slips its leash, and runs for awhile. While I do go out and actively hunt for my dog, I would feel heartbroken if someone hit my dog. If the owners of the german shepherd find out who killed it you could be in more trouble. And government comp is different from private comp. If need be, get a good lawyer and quit screaming about a poor dead dog. Compassion might help you. Give it a try.
IdiotCitizens

United States

#17 Sep 23, 2009
I didn't know just how stupid some people could be. When you're operating a motor vehicle you're UNABLE and YOU'RE also not supposed to swirve due to an animal. Most of the time you can't swirve in enough time to avoid it and you should also not do it. You're risking much further damage and injury when trying to avoid an animal such as a dog or a deer. If any of you have any type of DRIVING class under your belt you'd already know this. Apparently you're probably unlicensed and uninsured motorists. You're the majority here in Kentucky. You're driving your 1987 Chevy s-10 up and down the road without any type of insurance and this is what causes insurance rates to increase especially on top of half of you idiots who buy a car and can't pay for it and figure, "AHHH fuhhhk it I'll burn it." You're truly idiots.
I didn't see anywhere it was said this person has no compassion for the animal either. As with most people I'm sure 99% chance that person owns an animal and would be heartbroken if it also got hit. We all would be. But money isn't came by easily YOU WORK for money something you'd know nothing about more than likely seeing as how you apparently don't understand it or care. Some people work for a living and drive a nice vehicle apparently like this person does. So i hope this person expected nothing less from you douchebags. When you're a pet owner you're responsible for that pet. Whether it's the first time it slipped it's chain or broke through a fence you're still responsible. If you or yourself hurt someone or killed someone in an automobile and it was an accident and you didn't mean for it to happen and it was the first time. You're still responsible. Bad example I know but...just letting you know yeah accidents happen but it's MORE of an accident that DOG got hit than it is that it got LOOSE (if it did)
IdiotCitizens

United States

#18 Sep 23, 2009
FYI: Also comparing a child and dog are two different things. They're also viewed very different legally. Also note that: Your child shouldn't get run over if YOU'RE an attentive person.
You'd also know that identifying the type of animal is possible after hitting it.

Dog killer you're an idiot. Tell me your name then talk like that to people on this forum. I'm not into the shhhit talking game. As stated above people and dogs are viewed very differently by people and also laws. You're delusional if you've confused a dog with a person anyways...
I b 4 u k 2

United States

#19 Sep 24, 2009
dog killer wrote:
Well if had time enough to look at the dog and tell that is was a german shepeard, You had time to hit your brakes and possibly prevent your accident.
Sound like she didnt know how to drive, car has a break, learn to use it..the poor dog couldnt read the road sign telling him to walk on the sidewalk.I feel sorry for the dog, your still here to b*tch, learn to slow down.
lol

Pikeville, KY

#20 Sep 24, 2009
"To be a mature adult, you must picture yourself in someone else's shoes and think how you would handle a situation like this."

You don't have to be a mature adult to have empathy. Hopefully you will develope this much sooner. Here's how I see your situation. You hit a dog. You feel sorry for the dog, but feel your insurance may increase. Shit happens. You have the coverage to pay for it. Pull up your big girl pants and let it go.

(I do like the post about the '87 S-10 though that was funny.)

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