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Old November 11 2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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Hit a dog on hwy...

Kind of like the topic title says I had a recent incident where I hit a dog with my car on the highway. The dog ran out front of my car on the highway and I hit it. It caused quite a bit of damage to my vehicle. The police report states that the homeowner is at fault for not having his dog secured. But now my problem is that the homeowner is refusing to give me any insurance info or anything really. What can I do? I have a 2013 Subaru imprezza that cost about 36,000.
Also, the dog did die. Which I feel terrible about since I am a dog owner and lover.

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Old November 11 2013, 08:54 PM   #2
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Re: Hit a dog on hwy...

Tell your insurance company where the owners live. They'll take care of it and get the information they need.

Sorry to hear you hit a dog and are broken up about it, though. It sucks.
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Old November 11 2013, 09:01 PM   #3
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Nice job killing a dog.
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Old November 11 2013, 09:03 PM   #4
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Yeah, if the homeowner is refusing to cooperate, let your insurance company handle it. If they can't get the info from him, they'll sic their attorneys on him.
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Old November 11 2013, 09:10 PM   #5
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Re: Hit a dog on hwy...

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Nice job killing a dog.
Seriously? That shit should be directed at the irresponsible dog owners.
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Old November 11 2013, 09:12 PM   #6
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Re: Hit a dog on hwy...

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Tell your insurance company where the owners live. They'll take care of it and get the information they need.

Sorry to hear you hit a dog and are broken up about it, though. It sucks.
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Old November 11 2013, 09:27 PM   #7
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Re: Hit a dog on hwy...

Smoothie must be a cat lover.
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Old November 11 2013, 09:35 PM   #8
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Re: Hit a dog on hwy...

Trust me, if I could bring the dog back I would. And I feel bad for having to go after this person . But they have already made it clear they don't intend to pay anything. Even when the police report says it's their fault.
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Old November 11 2013, 09:46 PM   #9
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Re: Hit a dog on hwy...

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Smoothie must be a cat lover.
I generally dislike dogs too(might have something to do with one mauling my leg as a child), but I braked hard as I could when my neighbor's dog ran in front of my car and was relieved I didn't kill it. So yeah, not liking dogs or being a cat lover doesn't excuse the comment.

But to the OP, if a police report was filed, I'm surprised they didn't require the homeowner hand over relevant insurance info right away. If your insurance company won't take care of it(they really should), you might give your local PD a call and see if there is a route you can take with them.
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Old November 11 2013, 09:55 PM   #10
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Old November 11 2013, 11:21 PM   #11
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Nice job killing a dog.
Coming to a screeching halt on the highway to avoid hitting an animal? Not a good idea.
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Old November 11 2013, 11:27 PM   #12
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Well, it is kinda tough to ask for money for your car when you killed their dog with it.
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Old November 11 2013, 11:40 PM   #13
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Re: Hit a dog on hwy...

CaptainJack wrote: View Post
Kind of like the topic title says I had a recent incident where I hit a dog with my car on the highway. The dog ran out front of my car on the highway and I hit it. It caused quite a bit of damage to my vehicle. The police report states that the homeowner is at fault for not having his dog secured. But now my problem is that the homeowner is refusing to give me any insurance info or anything really. What can I do? I have a 2013 Subaru imprezza that cost about 36,000.
Also, the dog did die. Which I feel terrible about since I am a dog owner and lover.
That's a shame. I'm a dog lover, too, and it's sad when any pet is killed, but you need to keep in mind that it wasn't your fault. I'd follow Robert Maxwell's advice and talk to the insurance company, they'll know what to do.
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Old November 11 2013, 11:56 PM   #14
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Well, it is kinda tough to ask for money for your car when you killed their dog with it.
Yes, but they weren't being responsible dog owners. The dog wasn't able to understand the dangers of the road.
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Old November 12 2013, 12:02 AM   #15
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Yeah, if the homeowner is refusing to cooperate, let your insurance company handle it. If they can't get the info from him, they'll sic their attorneys on him.
About the only worthwhile advice. ^

Plus talk to an attorney on your own. Push comes to shove, and he's uninsured or his policies don't cover what happen you might be able to get a lien on his bank account or his home till he pays up.

Couple years ago, my mother (with me, the wife, and the kids) was hit by a horse that had deliberately been let out of it's coral by the owner. (long story short: He didn't want the horse anymore, and rather than sell it or give it away, he let it go free). He denied, denied, denied, and then claimed my mother had been drinking and ran into the coral (which was a mile and a bit and up a hill from the accident and false to begin with), then claimed it was the fault of his kid, then the neighbor, then it was "he was out of town and the horse jumped must of have jumped the fence".

Took our insurance company and my mother's lawyer to get the fucker into court after nearly a year of him dodging phone calls, certified letters, and process servers. He even went as far as trying to get a job in another state to avoid being served.
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