If you got hurt in an accident that involved an animal—be it natural wildlife, stray animals, or pets off-leash—a Dallas animal crossing the street accident lawyer may be able to help you pursue compensation for your losses. If an animal collision took the life of a loved one, we might be able to seek additional money damages for the legal beneficiaries.
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, our mission is to help people who get hurt because of the carelessness of others. If we take your case, you will not have to pay upfront attorney’s fees to get our help. You can call us today at (877) 239-4878 to get started. The initial consultation is free.
How Stray Animals and Pets Off-Leash Can Cause Accidents
People often think of animal-vehicle collisions as things that happen when a large animal like a deer jumps into the oncoming car’s path. However, accidents can happen without the vehicle and animal colliding.
When a car suddenly swerves to avoid striking an animal, the driver might lose control of the vehicle or other cars might crash into it.
Also, if you hit the brakes without warning, you might get into a rear-end collision. Particularly with cats, dogs, and other smaller animals, the vehicle behind you might not be able to see the animal you are trying to save.
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Learn Who Can Be Held Liable for Animal Crossing the Street Accidents
Sometimes a wildlife-vehicle collision leaves the injured person without someone to pay for the losses. However, if someone else’s negligence caused the accident to occur, you might have a valid injury claim against that person.
Here are a few examples of parties who could be held liable for an animal and vehicle collision:
- The owner, if their pet escapes their yard or house or the owner allows the animal to roam freely without a leash
- The city or county government, if there was an ongoing, known problem and the government did not take reasonable measures to prevent accidents, like installing fencing on the side of the road and erecting warning signs
- Another driver, if that person acted irresponsibly or was negligent and caused the accident
There might be other liable entities, depending on the facts of your situation.
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Damages in Animal-Vehicle Collisions Can Be Expensive
Animal crossing the street accidents may warrant the same types of money damages as any other motor vehicle collision. Every injury claim is different, so we cannot state a flat dollar amount that would represent how much compensation you might be eligible to pursue. The amount of damages you may seek will depend on the facts of your situation.
Here are a few examples of money damages we have won for our clients:
You may be able to recover the reasonable cost of medical treatment you need for your injuries. Medical costs may include:
- Ambulance trips
- Emergency medical care
- Doctor’s appointments
- Hospital stays
- X-ray exams
- Blood transfusions
- Diagnostic procedures
- Laboratory tests
- Physical therapy
- Pain management
If you missed time from work without pay because of your injuries and recuperation time, we may add the amount of lost income to your injury claim. Lost wages, salary, self-employment, and other forms of compensation may also be part of this item.
Diminished Earning Capacity
Devastating injuries from a collision with an animal might have long-term effects on your ability to work. Whether you have physical limitations or cognitive impairment, you might have to take a lower-paying job or work fewer hours. This is considered an economic loss, which can be compensable in your personal injury case.
Rehabilitation Center or Long-Term Care Facility
Some severe injuries, like head trauma, require extended treatment at a specialized rehabilitation center. If your injuries are severe enough for you to require personal care or assistance performing daily activities, you might have to move into a long-term care facility, such as an assisted living facility. These healthcare facilities can be expensive, so we may choose to add these costs to your claim’s total cost of damages.
Pain and Suffering
Some damages from an animal-related accident do not come with invoices or receipts that would make it easy to calculate their economic value. Nonetheless, these things are legitimate losses that may be entitled to compensation. “Pain and suffering” is categorized as noneconomic damages and is meant to reflect the physical pain and emotional anguish a person may suffer as a result of their injury.
The compensation for noneconomic damages is separate from and in addition to your economic losses like medical expenses and lost wages.
Other Intangible Losses
Other examples of noneconomic losses include loss of enjoyment of life, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and disfigurement.
You do not have to calculate the amount of your potential monetary damages on your own. A Dallas animal crossing the street accident lawyer at Loncar Lyon Jenkins may determine which of your losses could be compensable.
You can call us today at (877) 239-4878 for a free case review.
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Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions (WVCs) Show Highest Numbers in Texas
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about 190 collisions between vehicle drivers and animals ended in fatalities in 2018. Of all 50 states, Texas had the highest number of motor vehicle collisions with animals nearly every year from 2009 to 2018.
Wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs) are not just a rural problem. Accidents may also involve small or medium stray animals and pets off their leashes, which can occur in both urban and suburban areas.
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Get Legal Help for Your Animal-Vehicle Collision Case
A Dallas animal crossing the street accident lawyer may be able to help you evaluate who might be liable for your injuries and other losses. We are not afraid of tough cases.
Call in the Strong Arm at Loncar Lyon Jenkins to help you get the compensation you need. You can call us today at (877) 239-4878 for a free consultation.