Indianapolis, IN asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Indiana

Q: If my dog broke off his chain and my neighbor ran him over can I sue him? He never stopped! Never braked!

Never checked his rearview mirror! I'm in Indiana. And if he would of stopped and i would have know sooner i may have been able to save him. 20 mins after he was hit i found him suffering in pain. This guy and his wife speed on all the streets in my little town constantly. Before this event we even put slow down signs up bcuz of them and others speeding. But his wife works at town hall and had the cops come tell us to take the sign down. In Illinois, where im originally from, someone i know, who works at a lawyers office and said even though my dog broke free from the chain him not stopping or even trying to let us know wasted precious time that could have saved my dogs life would immediately be a case in Illinois. So I'm wondering if it's in indiana also. This guy knows that's my dog. My front door was open. He at first said he didn't know then he said he didn't know if anyone was home. My dog suffered for 40 mins! I found him 20 mins after, and he passed while on 20 min drive to vet.

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: In Indiana, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident with a domesticated animal before you call the pet's owner or animal control. As a dog lover, I feel your pain. That said, if the driver had lost control while taking evasive action, you would be responsible for all property damage and personal injury that resulted because the animal was NOT under your control.

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