Dog versus Bike
Some dogs are attracted to moving bikes, shiny spokes, spinning wheels, tires and chains. The question is this: If a dog runs after you while you are riding your bike, what is the best way to handle it?
Having a dog or several dogs charging at you can be a very frightening experience. I know from experience how this feels, as it has happened to me on a few occasions. It is never a good idea to attempt to get away from a running dog. Dogs are hunters by nature and have an amazing ability to pick the right angle to catch you as you are riding. You are more likely to crash and then be confronted with an angry dog: not a good combination. You should safely come to a stop and put your bike between the dog and you. If you happen to carry around dog treats for occasions such as this, it would be a good time to throw one far away from you.
A dog owner is responsible for his dog’s conduct. If you are attacked or injured by the dog, always report the incident to the police or the animal control department. If the owner of the dog has homeowners insurance, in most states you will be able to make a claim against the owner’s policy.
If you were injured by a dog in a bicycle accident, hire an attorney who has an extremely successful track record in this area of personal injury law. Kass & Moses, PC has handled more than 1,000 motorcycle and bicycling accident cases.
Founding Partners, Andrew Kass and Joel Moses, have combined their two great passions, cycling and law, by devoting their entire practice to cycling and motorcycle cases. When a bicycle accident occurs, make sure your rights are protected and you receive fair compensation for your injuries. This includes medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of earnings, loss of earning potential and other damages including your bike.
It is important to be represented by an attorney who is experienced in cycling law. If you would like more information, please feel free to reach us directly at 1-844-Bicycle or complete the free consultation request form.