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What Should I Do If An Animal Caused A Car Accident In Florida?

Drivers share the road with other vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, and even animals. Whether they are wild animals or pets, the possibility of getting into a car accident because of animals is always there. You might be wondering, who can be held liable for the accident and how can I recover from it?

What Happens When Your Car Hits A Wild Animal?

The behavior of wild animals is very unpredictable. At random times, they can suddenly appear on the road and take you by surprise, and they can even crash against your car and inflict damages. The concern is that wild animals cannot be held accountable for such actions and even when they are, no compensation or settlement can be gained from them.

Fortunately, any injuries and wounds you might have sustained from the impact can be covered by your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. The PIP is a requirement for vehicle owners in Florida, and this ensures that drivers and/or passengers will receive medical attention when they get into an auto accident regardless of who is found at fault.

As for damages on your vehicle and other property damages, your car insurance can have that covered. It is however still important to check on the inclusions of your insurance coverage.

What Happens When A Pet Animal Caused The Accident?

Any accident or harmful situation caused by a pet animal will have the pet owner accountable. These include bites, scratches, attacks, and of course your car accident when proven that a pet was indeed responsible for it. Pet owners are responsible for the actions of their pets and they should be able to restrain or control them to prevent the animals from causing harm to others.

Victims can file a personal injury lawsuit against the pet owners and receive compensation following the accident.

What If My Pet Is Injured In A Car Accident

You have to be careful when driving with your pet animal as it can be a factor leading to distracted driving. However, it is also very possible for them to get injured in a car accident caused by others. Unfortunately, your PIP will not shoulder the expenses for your pet’s treatment. Your auto insurance plans, whether comprehensive or collision, also do not include your pet’s medical needs.

The best option to guarantee that your pet will be attended to when an accident happens is to get them their own insurance. There are many pet insurance plans in Florida and the good thing about it is that it will not be limited to just auto accidents. When your pets get injured from other situations or if they suffer from illnesses, your pet insurance can get them covered.

If you still have doubts, get in touch with an auto accident lawyer or personal injury lawyer who can help you with your claims and insurance policies.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

What Should I Do If An Animal Caused A Car Accident In Florida?

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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