Dog Missing after Rear-End Collision on Murfreesboro Pike
A rear-end collision on Murfreesboro Pike caused a dog to be ejected from a vehicle, and its owners are still searching for it.
Per a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred on Friday in South Nashville when a couple was driving with their 2-year-old dog named Daisy in their vehicle and they were rear-ended by another car.
The impact of the collision caused their vehicle to flip twice, and the dog was thrown from the vehicle during the accident. The couple says that prior to the accident, the dog had been riding in the back seat with his head hanging out of the window.
The dog—a Bloodhound—was a gift that the couple received two years ago. Since losing the dog in the accident, the couple has posted hundreds of signs in their neighborhood with information about the dog and asking for its safe return home.
A community search for the dog will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Anyone who wants to join the search process can meet at El Chico on Murfreesboro Pike. The couple is offering a cash reward for the dog’s safe return, and anyone with information about the dog’s location can call (615) 454-7781.
Tips for Protecting Your Pets while Transporting Them in Your Vehicle
Pets are just as vulnerable during accidents as people. That’s why it’s so important to make sure they are well protected any time they ride in your vehicle, whether they’re just tagging along for an afternoon drive or you’re transporting them to the vet’s office.
Important steps to take to protect your pets while traveling with them in your vehicle include:
- Avoid driving with pets that are bad travelers unless necessary.
Some pets love riding in cars. The fresh air and exciting sights and sounds make them great companions on the road. But other pets may become agitated or fearful while your vehicle is in motion. If you know that your pet is a bad traveler, avoid taking him or her on rides unless it’s for something necessary like a visit to the vet’s office. Pets that dislike traveling can cause distractions that can increase your risk of an accident.
- Place your pets inside carriers and secure them with restraint systems.
While dogs and cats enjoy roaming inside vehicles while they’re in motion, they can be at significant risk of being injured if you swerve, slam on your brakes, or are involved in an accident. In addition, they may interfere with your ability to safely drive by jumping in your lap, blocking your vision, or even getting near your feet and preventing you from operating the gas and brake pedals. Never transport your pets without placing them inside a carrier.
- Avoid leaving your pets inside your vehicle if you get out.
The interiors of vehicles can reach dangerously high temperatures in a matter of minutes on hot summer days. Even mild spring days can create situations that can be deadly for pets when they’re stuck inside vehicle interiors for short time periods. If you’re traveling with your pet, make sure your trip doesn’t involve getting out of your vehicle or includes traveling to a location where you can bring your pet inside.
- Never place a dog or cat in the bed of a truck.
The American Humane Society estimates that around 100,000 dogs die every year due to accidents that occur while they’re riding in the beds of trucks. In addition to being highly vulnerable during accidents, dogs in truck beds also may fall out during sharp turns, putting other drivers at risk.
Pets deserve just as much consideration as your human passengers when you take them on trips in your vehicle. In addition to taking steps to protect their safety, you should also consider how their presence in your vehicle can affect your own safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of other drivers. That means keeping them safely secured and restrained, while also keeping pets that are distracting or that require constant vigilance at home unless they’re traveling to the vet’s office.
If you or someone you know was injured in an auto accident that was caused by any type of driver negligence, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. To find out how our legal team can help you recover damages for things like medical bills and lost wages, get in touch with the Nashville auto accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law today. Just dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online consultation form.