Driving with Pets
Everyone has seen a perfectly happy dog with his or her head out the window of a car, tongue and ears flapping in the wind, and a smile stretching from ear to ear. Though this may not seem very dangerous, people who choose to drive with their pets unsecured in their vehicles actually pose a great threat to those around them on the road.
Nearly two-thirds of dog owners claim that they operate motor vehicles while petting, feeding, or playing with their dogs, all of which can distract a driver long enough to cause a serious accident. It is a driver’s responsibility to pay attention and be safe on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a distracted driver, contact the Green Bay car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 to discuss your legal options.
Although you may need to travel with your pet at some point in time, it is important to make sure your pet is safely restrained in the vehicle throughout the entire trip. Only 17 percent of people report using some sort of pet-restraint system when traveling with pets in a car, meaning that the vast majority of individuals who drive with pets are doing so in a dangerous manner. Dangers of having an unrestrained pet in the car include:
- Pets getting injured or killed because of a lack of protection in an accident
- Drivers getting distracted after being scratched or bit by a startled pet
- Drivers being distracted while playing with or feeding a pet
If you must bring your pet in the car, use a restraint system to keep yourself, your pet, and others on the road as safe as possible.