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    Default Can You Recover for Vehicle Damage from Hitting a Loose Dog

    A driver had a large dog run in front of his car and, with no opportunity to stop, struck the dog. The car was damaged. The dog was injured but will recover.

    The car owner wants the owner of the dog to pay for the repair of his vehicle. The dog owner says that he won't pay. How can the car owner get compensation?

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    Default Re: Can You Recover for Vehicle Damage from Hitting a Loose Dog

    The easiest thing to do, if the car owner has coverage, is for him to make a claim with his own insurance and let them worry about pursuing the dog owner.

    He can try to get the dog's owners to submit a claim to their homeowner's insurance (if they are homeowners). He can sue them in small claims court and try to recover from them any money he is awarded in a judgment. Generally speaking, it is negligent to let your dog escape from your yard or from a leash, and to run at large.

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