Originally Posted by no_clue
Hi I was wondering about this today while driving in a neighbourhood.
if you ran over a dog that was unleashed on a side street because it suddenly jumped onto the road and the owner sues you later for vet fees + emotional distress will ICBC cover it under comprehensive or third-party liability?
Or is it time to go to small-claims court?
If the dog is unleashed in the public, any subsequent damage or liability will be on the owner. So if the dog jumped infront of your car and hit it, you can sue (well ICBC will do this) the owner of the dog.
The dog owner will have no grounds to sue you if you were just driving while breaking no laws and the dog jumped infront of your car. He should have had his dog leashed. It is only when you have some sort of neglect on your part that would be liable.
It would be ideal to have witnesses of what happened and to snap some pictures of the dog to show that he did/does not have a leash on. I know this sounds terrible but you are covering your own butt on this.