Where is your pet most likely to be hit by a car?
Top 10 dog and cat road accident hotspots
More surprisingly it seems that names play a part in a pet's likelihood to be involved in an accident according to Direct Line. More than 60 per cent of settled claims involved a cat, with the most accident prone felines called Leo, Tigger and Billy. Dogs called Max, Charlie and Molly were most likely to be involved in an RTA.
What can you do to protect your pet?It is difficult to protect your pets, and particularly cats from busy roads. But there are some measures you can take to help prevent accidents happening.
With dogs, be sure to keep them on a lead outside, particularly near roads and other dogs. Walk with them on the inside of the pavement, away from the road.
Both cats and dogs can be made more visible - especially at night - with a reflective collar or jacket.
Give special attention to scatty cats and dogs, or those with any hearing or sight problems and try to keep them away from roads as much as possible.
Making sure you have the right insurance policy in place will also provide peace of mind and financial assistance should your pet require treatment for injuries following a road accident.