I wasn't sure where or even if I was going to post this but I need to get it out there.
Today, me and the partner were driving home from the grocery store. Our street has a posted speed limit of 30 MPH with a zone in front of an elementary school that drops to 20 MPH from 8 am to 3pm. As a general rule, we tend to travel around 25 because of the kids and pets in the neighborhood.
Today, I am so glad we were going slower than the posted limit.
We were about a block away from our house when suddenly a dog darted out right in front of the car. We ended up hitting her rear end. The dog is OK but had to stay at the E vet overnight for observation (the neighbor was kind enough to stop by and let us know the vet's prognosis). Our car is kind of screwed up and I think the impact noise from busting the headlight gave a few of our older neighbors anxiety but all in all it could have been a LOT worse.
I am reminded today of two things:
Take it slow in neighborhoods with a lot of pets/kids. You never know when something is going to distract a cat, dog or even a person into running into the middle of the road. The dog we hit saw a neighbor dog and even though she was "trained" she still ran right into the street.
If you have pets, keep them indoors and/or on a leash. Not every one obeys speed limits. I've seen people go over 35 on our street even during school hours.
I'm still shaken up so bad I can't sleep even if I wanted to.
*Sigh* I feel awful. My partner feels even more awful because he was driving. He's never hit an animal with a vehicle in his life.