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Pet Killed in an Auto Accident

Posted on: March 14, 2017

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If you have endured your pet killed in an auto accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for damages. When a pet is injured or killed, you are usually entitled to compensation for the “market value” of the animal, any related veterinary bills and possibly even punitive damages, mental anguish, and remuneration for loss of companionship. What compensation to be granted completely depends on the facts and circumstances of each case, and differs significantly between states.

What Should I Do if My Pet Is Killed in Auto Accident?

If your pet has been killed in auto accident, you should complete as many of these actions as possible:

  • Before moving your pet, take pictures of him or her in the exact spot and position in which they were killed in the accident. Pictures will be very helpful to your case.
  • Obtain the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the accident.
  • If possible, obtain statements from witnesses to the accident concerning what they observed.
  • After the scene of the accident is cleared, take the body of your pet to a veterinarian for a “necropsy,” or detailed examination, to establish the cause of death. A necropsy is important if you choose to file a lawsuit, even if the cause of death seems obvious. Some states require a necropsy in order to file a suit. Be sure to obtain a statement from the veterinarian performing the necropsy concerning their willingness to testify to the results if necessary.

Gaining Compensation from a Pet Killed in an Auto Accident

While your pet may have been priceless in your estimation, the courts generally deal in terms of cold economic value. Because pets are normally considered property, the courts only recognize the market value when rendering a judgment. If your pet was killed in an auto accident, insurance companies will also only pay the fair market value. If this amount is less than what you feel is reasonable compensation, filing a civil suit in court may result in a greater financial remuneration.

The amount possible in a civil suit will depend on the facts of your case, but may include compensation for the value of your pet, reimbursement for any related veterinary care, punitive damages or damages for mental or emotional distress.

Losing a pet can be traumatic. If you have lost a pet killed in auto accident in eastern Oklahoma, McAlester or Tulsa, contact Edwards & Patterson Law. We care about your loss, and we can help you gain the financial compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call 877-403-8417 to schedule your free consultation with our legal team.

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