Sometimes, crashes don’t just involve people. There is a risk that your pet could be with you in your vehicle when you crash, too. While it’s important for you to remember to buckle up yourself, strapping your pet in can help save their life, too.

A good example of this happened in a two-car crash in Milwaukee. According to a news report from Aug. 8, a man was badly hurt in the collision, but he is expected to survive. However because he had tethered his dog, emergency crews at the scene reported that the dog was able to walk away after the crash without any injuries.

What happens to your pet after a crash?

There is no single answer to this question, but it’s one that many injured people have following their crashes. Depending on the situation, the police may be able to take your dog home to be with family. If the dog is injured, it may be taken to the local veterinarian for treatment and held until you can return to collect it.

If your dog is healthy and no one you know is available to take it immediately, then Animal Control may take the dog and hold it until you are able to collect it or have someone you know collect it. However, if you have a pet with behavioral or health concerns Animal Control may not be an ideal option.

If you are involved in an accident that is not your fault, an experienced attorney can help you seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and more.