Nowadays, the rise in dog`s accidents and even other pets in almost every single street or highway is shocking. I live on a very busy four lane highway road and in the past 3 years 7 dogs and two cats have been hits by cars and killed. But the question is who is responsible for these accidents? Well, either drivers or dogs have some kind of responsibility because sometimes we drive recklessly, avoiding stop signs and even driving in excessive speed but you must know that dogs are hyperactive beings, where almost 80% of the accidents occur when they (dogs) are chasing cats, balls and even playing with children.
One startling fact is that in the US alone approximately 1.2 million dogs are killed on the roads each year and in most of these cases, the dog was hit for a relatively simple reason. The dog cannot be seen by the motorist and the driver only spots the dog once it is too late. Even if you have a light colored dog, at night every dog becomes a hidden target.
What can we do to prevent this?
There are several steps or measures we should take to prevent this kind of tragic accidents; here we have some of them:
Stay bright at night! Our led dog collars keep your dog seen on the road or in the yard at night.
Statics show that dogs who typically chase cars are at much higher risk of being hit by car. This habit can also prove dangerous for the dog walker. It is important to teach your pup not to chase cars.
When you have guest over, it is imperative that you teach everyone not to chase your dog. Guest and your family should never chase a dog. This is extremely counterproductive to dog training and it puts your dog’s life at risk.
If your dog ever gets hit by car, it is likely he or she will try to continue on like nothing happened because it is a survival instinct, dogs hide their pain even if it is fatal.
In case you hit a dog by accident you must follow these steps:
1. You have to stop.
you cannot just hit someone`s pet a drive off. If you do, you could cited for cruelty to animals and even take to court for it.
2. Move the dog out of the road so no one else gets in an accident trying to avoid hitting it a second time.
Be careful when you do this because an animal that is injured and in shock may bite. The best way to handle an animal in shock is to get a blanket, then wrap the animal up in the blanket, and pick up that way.
3. Call 911 and they will put you through to animal control who can help you further.
It is essential to get the dog help as soon as possible! As soon as you’ve moved the animal out of the road, call 911. It’s very important to notify the appropriate authorities and to get the animal to a vet right away. Animal control can advise you on whether you need to go immediately to the vet, or wait for one of their offices to come and help.