Last week, we discussed how road hazards cause approximately 25,000 vehicle accidents each year in the U.S. We bring this subject up again because a motorcyclist was injured on April 19 when he hit a dog in Lacey Township.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, the crash happened at around 3:30 p.m., on west Lacey Road. A police officer reportedly found the motorcyclist in the street following the accident, noting that he was conscious and alert.
The motorcyclist reportedly suffered face and shoulder injuries, and complained of back pain. He had to be transported via helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment.
The condition of the dog is unknown and the crash remains under investigation.
Can I Hold a Dog Owner Liable for Injuries?
As this case appears to show, serious accidents can occur when other people are neglectful. If an animal runs out in front of you while you are riding a motorcycle, bicycle or driving a car, and it causes an accident that results in injuries, you may be able to hold the its owner liable.
If someone does not properly secure their animal and it steps out into the roadway, they are being careless. Make sure a person who causes an accident is held accountable by speaking to an attorney about potential litigation.
An example of a lawsuit involving a loose animal causing an accident occurred in 1987 when a California man allowed his dog to roam free in his neighborhood, violating local leash laws. The dog ran into a roadway and a pickup attempting to avoid hitting the animal crashed, seriously injuring two of the vehicle’s occupants. A judge ruled that the dog’s owner was negligent and awarded the two injured men $2.6 million, which was paid by the dog owner’s property insurer.
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Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Accident Attorneys