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    Hey guys, I trust a lot people here for advice on my motorcycles... So I thought I could look here for people's opinion on this situation I'm in...



    Earlier today I was taking my dog out to go potty and she got away from me and ran into the parking lot, just happened my property manager was pulling into the lot and driving a little fast and my dog ran into the side of her car. I was almost hysterical that the property manager was about to run my dog over and shocked that she wasn't really paying attention. She didn't even tap the brakes until my dog hit her car, I'm thankful my dog is okay but now she's asking me to pay for a small dent on her car.



    So far I've called the police to report the incident, my insurance agent and a small claims lawyer for advice



    What do you guys think? Should I have to pay for the dent? I mean what if it was my kid that she hit, wouldn't it be her fault for not paying attention?



    The dent is barely noticeable and I'm surprised that my little 45 lb golden retriever could have even caused any type of damage
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    Unlike your kid, in most jurisdictions you're supposed to be in control of your dog at all times.



    Yer skrewt. Also (in most jurisdictions) you're looking at civil penalties for not having that critter under your control as well, if you keep pushing it and she (the injured party) decides to report it.. So dummy up, pony up and quit calling the cops before someone nails you fer dat, as well.



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    The info I got from the police is that there is no leash ordinance for private property...This happened at an apartment complex, I know it would be a different story if it happened in the street or on public property



    My insurance agent said that there's nothing I can do and not to offer to pay for it unless her insurance company comes after me because she should be covered by comprehensive or collision



    I just want to do whats right, but I kind of feel like she should have been paying attention
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    You won't win this'n. All I'm sayin'.



    Hope it goes well.



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    Yeah I'm looking at it from her perspective too and if this happened to me I'd be pissed at the dog owner, but I'm not sure what right I would have to ask for money from them....



    The lawyer said if I give her ANY money and that I might not be obligated to, I should have it documented and signed by witnesses because she could come back asking for more and claiming more damages



    I'm also looking at it as if tomorrow my dog is limping and needs to go to the vet, it would almost be the same as me asking her to pay for the vet bill(s)
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    If you want to do what's right you will pay up and realize that your dog was the problem. As a bike rider, I face the enigma of dogs threatening my safety all the time, and owners feeling like I'm the problem for riding down the road and getting their dog excited when its their dog being off the leash and out of control of the owner that is the real problem. You may say your dog won't bite me very hard or whatever, but if he runs in front of my wheel and causes me to dump or to swerve into the path of an oncoming vehicle, I'm dead and you are trying to deny responsibility. Controling pets is a responsibility and a threat to the property and safety of others. Own up and quit whining. JMHO. T.
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    I think this is what I needed to hear, everyone's been telling me it's not my fault but I knew you guys would tell it to me straight





    Probably the best thing to do is offer to pay for it if it's not covered under either of our insurances
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    Trust me on this one...I was a horseshoer for 25 years.



    It's called "Care and Custody" law. You are the owner of the dog, you are reqd to keep it under control at all times, and not endanger the public at large with the dogs activities. The leash law doesn't apply.



    I had a guy come after me for damage to his car when my dog ran out in front of him. I didn't have control of the dog at the time, my brother in law did. He threatened to sue, I told him to look into the care and custody law..never heard from him again. $2k in vet bills for the dog. Brother in law F-d up, I didn't.



    Pay for the damages, then keep your dog on a leash.
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    Yeah, I think I'm lucky my dog didn't go under the car and get seriously hurt and there's only a small dent on the quarter panel of her car....the paint wasn't damaged and I guesstimate it wont cost more than $100 to repair.



    I'll cough it up, move on and have learned my lesson



    I'm really happy to have you guys as resources, I respect your opinions and value the input since I'm only 24 and have lots to learn sometimes I need to be kept in check
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    If it's only going to cost you around $100.00 dollars your lucky. A fellow bicycle club member was thrown over the bars when a large dog ran in front of him. The owner started yelling at him as if it was his fault until the police got there. His carbon frame and fork where cracked and shredded as was his helmet and kit. The dogs owner was shocked to learn his dog had caused over $8000.00 dollars in damage. He soon learned to keep his dog under control at all times and that Trek Madones cost more than Wal-Mart bikes.

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