The death of a pet can be difficult and at times emotionally crippling. Pets become part of the family and have their own significant role in the family unit. Being family members, pets often ride alongside with their owners when running errands, traveling, or for service reasons. While it is hopeful that a pet would never be injured in an auto accident, it is far too common to think otherwise. The Payer Law Firm understands that individuals need legal counsel in a hit and run incidents particularly involving pets and the importance of being informed on the issues of dog laws. Our Orlando Auto Accident Attorney can help you with this strefful case.
Is My Pet Covered If Involved In An Accident?
By law, pets are considered to be personal property. The state of Florida requires all drivers to maintain a minimum of $10,000 in property damage liability which constitutes your pet. If your pet is injured or becomes deceased in a hit and run, you may receive dividends for the replacement cost or repair of your pet. These refunds can include veterinary costs as well.
Pet insurance has become a popular asset for pet owners. By obtaining pet insurance, owners can receive a larger reimbursement if their pet is injured. Pet insurance can be purchased and is recommended by a veterinarian. It is also offered through car insurance companies. However, not having pet insurance does not make it or break it when it comes to receiving funds rightfully owed.
What To Do If Your Pet Is Injured
It is imperative to keep thorough records of all pet afflictions and medical costs. Make sure to hold on to any and all receipts pertaining to their medical care and attention. It is better to be over prepared with documentation than to be left with missing information. This could prevent receiving a full reimbursement fund rightfully owed.
The first document acquired should be a copy of the auto accident report from the reporting police officer. This document establishes liability to the negligent driver. In addition to the documents mentioned above, you should provide your Orlando Auto Accident Attorney with all records specifying the function of the pet, i.e. a service dog. Service dogs provide their owners and companions with life functioning assistance and can prevent those individuals from carrying about their daily lives. Due to this nature, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages because of this economic obstruction (missing time from work, ability to get to work on time, etc.).
How to Protect Your Pet
According to Florida Statute 316.061, the driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting in vehicle or property damage must stop at the scene of the crash. Following in statute 316.062, a person who violates this subsection commits a misdemeanor of the second degree which is punishable by fine and may lead to imprisonment. The negligible party may even be charged with animal cruelty depending on the circumstances.
Contact Our Orlando Auto Accident Attorney
Any hit and run can be stressful, particularly when family members are involved, including pets. Contact us, the Payer Law Group, today at (407) 648-1510 or (866) 648-1510. Go to payerlawgroup.com to view our services, fees, and to submit questions.