By Puppy_Killer - 16/12/2020 23:02 - Australia

Murderer!

Today, I was backing out of my garage when my neighbour's collie ran behind my car. Unfortunately, I didn't see it, but I heard a thump. They were out, so I rushed him to the vet's. I was upset, and I guess I was driving too fast and didn't see that another dog was crossing the road. I killed two dogs today. FML
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By  Bogrbon  |  23

That has to be traumatic, and I would say you need to drive more carefully.

I would also say that those dog owners need to be more careful with their dogs. Sometimes dogs get out (mine has a couple times in the 2 years I've had him), but dogs, no matter how obedient, should not be left outside unsupervised unless there is a fence which is adequate to hold them in. If your dog digs or jumps fences - build your fence higher, put something to prevent digging, or find another options that works. (And don't leave them chained outside alone for any period of time).

I constantly worry that my dog will get out and end up on the busy street a block from my house. (Fortunately he mostly has just run to my neighbors' house where he has had dog playdates with their dogs semi-regularly)

By  Seeya55  |  31

Don't kick yourself. A wandering dog that walks behind your vehicle is an accident. A dog that wanders/runs on the road and you hit, is an accident.

Dogs can be much shorter and faster than a toddler/kid. If you were going over the speed limit, then yeah you need to be more careful. If you weren't, then I'm sorry.

Dog owners need to have their pets on a leash or fenced in at all times. Technically, it's stupid to slam on your brakes for a small animal, (squirrel, cat, rabbit, small dog) especially if you have vehicles behind you. The cars behind you may hit you in turn, causing much worse of an accident.

(Before I get downvoted into oblivion because I said you shouldn't be slamming your brakes for a dog; look it up! You may/will be liable if you're hit after performing an emergency stop for an animal over a person. It's why you are supposed to be checking your mirrors frequently to know your surroundings. In turn, you'd know if it's safe or not to brake somewhat suddenly if there's no cars behind you.)

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By  Bogrbon  |  23

That has to be traumatic, and I would say you need to drive more carefully.

I would also say that those dog owners need to be more careful with their dogs. Sometimes dogs get out (mine has a couple times in the 2 years I've had him), but dogs, no matter how obedient, should not be left outside unsupervised unless there is a fence which is adequate to hold them in. If your dog digs or jumps fences - build your fence higher, put something to prevent digging, or find another options that works. (And don't leave them chained outside alone for any period of time).

I constantly worry that my dog will get out and end up on the busy street a block from my house. (Fortunately he mostly has just run to my neighbors' house where he has had dog playdates with their dogs semi-regularly)

By  Seeya55  |  31

Don't kick yourself. A wandering dog that walks behind your vehicle is an accident. A dog that wanders/runs on the road and you hit, is an accident.

Dogs can be much shorter and faster than a toddler/kid. If you were going over the speed limit, then yeah you need to be more careful. If you weren't, then I'm sorry.

Dog owners need to have their pets on a leash or fenced in at all times. Technically, it's stupid to slam on your brakes for a small animal, (squirrel, cat, rabbit, small dog) especially if you have vehicles behind you. The cars behind you may hit you in turn, causing much worse of an accident.

(Before I get downvoted into oblivion because I said you shouldn't be slamming your brakes for a dog; look it up! You may/will be liable if you're hit after performing an emergency stop for an animal over a person. It's why you are supposed to be checking your mirrors frequently to know your surroundings. In turn, you'd know if it's safe or not to brake somewhat suddenly if there's no cars behind you.)

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  Bogrbon  |  23

It is true, that it's always better to avoid an accident which could cause life changing injuries to yourself or others.

Legally, though, in most states (and apparently Australia) the person behind is completely at fault unless there are exigent circumstances or the driver in the front is in reverse. If the driver in front's brake lights aren't working or they stop for no reason and without proper signaling or slow down and signal a turn they don't make, that's generally reason for part of the fault to be theirs. However if they stopped for an animal and you rear-ended them because you were following too close or not paying attention and I'm on that jury I am sure as hell giving you 100% of the blame, especially if it's anything larger than a squirrel which could damage a car. What if it were a deer, or a small child or a dangerous object? The nature of whatever it is they're stopping for doesn't justify you rear ending them because you can't drive responsibly.

I was trained that "if the car in front of you slams into a concrete wall and stops immediately you need to have room to stop." Unfortunately too many people ride the ass of the car in front, and don't follow this concept. Maybe those who can't learn what adequate following distance is shouldn't be driving....

By  Brightside86  |  23

If you don't have a clear head maybe it's time to give yourself a little break from driving. Often people don't drive themselves to their own wedding for this very reason.

Sucks to hit an animal though, hit a deer a few years back was pretty stressed. My insurance company said these things happen and cut me a check for the cost of my car.