If my dog was hit by a truck, is the owner of the truck responsible?
Question Details: My dog was with her handler a quadriplegic who sits in wheelchair. He was on the busy road with her. She chewed through the leash and he asked a neighbor, a 16 year old boy, to help him retrieve her. She was scared and ran away from the boy and her handler. The truck was driving north on route 7 in 45 mph zone. He said that he didn't see her and dragged her under his truck for 100 feet. My dogs body was very broken. Her neck appeared to be broken and her face and muzzle were severely injured and her teeth were broken.
The truck driver and/or owner would only be responsible if the driver had been negligent, or unreasonably careless, in some way, such as by speeding, texting while driving, hitting your dog because he ran through a red light or stop sign, etc. If he was not driving carelessly--if it was simply that your dog ran in front of the truck--he would not be liable or responsible. Note that even if he were responsible, you could only sue for the dog's economic value--i.e. its cost--which unless the dog was an expensively trained service animal or expensive purebreed, would not be much money.