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Is the speeding car that killed my dog at fault?

Q:

The speed limit on our street is 25 mph. If a car traveling at approximately 50 mph on our street hit and killed my dog by my driveway, is he at fault?

A:

I am very sorry for your loss. Courts would likely consider whether an animal who was hit by a car was in the street or on private property in determining liability and damages. Courts may also consider speeding. State laws vary on when (and if) a plaintiff can recover monetary damages if the plaintiff was partially at fault. The amount awarded is often reduced by the percentage of liability the court attributes to the plaintiff. If you want to pursue a lawsuit, I suggest you consult with an attorney in your state who can assess the facts of your situation and advise you about the possible merits of a lawsuit.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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