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Help me figure out car speed that hit my dog?

  1. Mar 6, 2012 #1
    Im sorry to ask anyone this,but our dog Zeta was hitbye a car today and she is like our child. The car was a 1999 corvette Z06 and our dog weighed 85lbs. she was thrown in the air and landed 110 feet. I saw the whole thing which was the worst thing i could of ever seen. she has internal bleeding and is at the animal hospital. the speed limit on the road was 25mph. I know the guy was speeding, I just cant prove it.Can anyone help me please?I'm trying to find out how fast was he going???
     
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  3. Mar 6, 2012 #2

    berkeman

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    Welcome to the PF, and sorry to hear about your dog being injured.

    Was a police report taken? Have you been contacted by the car owner? In most states that I know of, the dog owner is generally considered at fault when the dog is involved in an accident (sorry). If the driver were driving recklessly, that might change it (I don't know), but the police officer who wrote up the report should be able to give you that basic information.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2012 #3
    yYes we called the police but he was not very helpful.We did a report and we have witness's saying the young man was driving very fast, but i was wondering if you could figure out how fast he was going bye the weight of the dog and the distance the dog travelled which is 110 ft? the car weigh's aprox 3000 lbs. i could be wrong though?
     
  5. Mar 6, 2012 #4

    berkeman

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    With a quick calculation, I get approximately 28.8mph for the initial horizontal speed of the dog if he was launched at a 45 degree angle. I'll re-check my numbers, and post again if I find an error.

    Again, I'm sorry for your dog's injuries.
     
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