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More and more people are driving with pets in their cars. That means more and more pets are being injured in motor vehicle accidents.

A poodle riding in a pickup truck was seriously injured when a driver traveling the opposite direction on State Route 515 crossed the center line and hit the pickup head on. The pickup driver, a 48-year old woman from Kent, and her passenger, a 49-year old man from Kent, were transported to a hospital with neck and back injuries. The poodle was taken to a local veterinary hospital for surgery.

Veterinarian bills and the emotional distress associated with injuries sustained by a pet are compensable. However, this is an emerging area of the law. Insurance companies do not roll over on claims like this. It’s important that you engage competent counsel experienced in motor vehicle and pet-related claims.

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