A car accident is bad enough if it is just you in the car. But when your pet is in the car, you have another person to worry about. It’s not enough anymore to worry about your own injuries and how they affect your quality of life- you now need to worry about that for your pet(s) as well.
For this article, the assumption is that the pet is in the car at the time of the accident, not that your pet was in the road, or on the sidewalk at the time of the accident.
What Do I Do If I Get Into an Accident With My Pet?
If you get into a car accident with you pet in the car, there are a few things you should do.
Are Pets Covered Under Auto Insurance?
Whether pets are covered under car insurance or not really depends on your type of insurance. Some insurers automatically include coverage if they are in a car accident with you, but most do not. Generally speaking, auto insurance will only cover cats and dogs if they are in an accident, and will pay for their vet and medical expenses up to the coverage limit. It’s important to note that most insurance companies see pets as property, so they will be covered under the other driver’s property damage, or liability coverage.
Some car insurance companies with pet insurance are:
What Happens to Pets in a Car Crash?
In a car accident, your pet can get injured just like you can. Some of the most common injuries that pets have after being in a car accident are broken bones and head trauma. Internal bleeding is also common. It’s a good idea to take your pet to the vet if they’ve been in a car accident, even if they look fine. It’s important to know that if you are unconscious after a crash, or have been taken to the hospital in an ambulance, your pet will either go to family (using numbers you provide), the nearest animal shelter, or a vet if the pet needs immediate medical attention.
Resources Near Me
If your pet has been in a car accident, take them to the vet as soon as possible. Here are some veterinarians in the Phoenix Valley.
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At the Thompson Law Firm, we have more than 10 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries from car accidents, including pets who have been in car accidents. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office.
If you have been in a car accident that is not your fault, contact Thompson Law Firm in Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in the greater Phoenix area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Maricopa, Globe, and Queen Creek.
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