Do you frequently take your pet with you in the car? Dog’s can be a major distraction!
In a recent survey conducted by AAA, 29 percent of dog owners admitted that their pet was a distraction when they brought their pet along for a ride. In addition, 65 percent of dog owners who traveled with their dog engaged in some kind of distraction. A large percentage (84%) of pet owners bring their pet with them in the car – to a dog park, on vacation, or to run errands. However, pet owners may be putting themselves and others at risk when they ride with their pets in the car.
Distracted Driving While Traveling with a Pet
Pet owners often engage in different types of distractions when their dogs ride with them in the car. Research shows that 17 percent of dog owners admit to allowing their pets to ride on their lap when driving. Additionally, 52 percent of pet owners who ride with their pets in the car pet their dogs while driving. Another 13 percent feed their pets while driving. 4 percent of dog owners driving with their pets in the car admitted to playing with them while driving.
When a pet owner engages in any of the above mentioned behaviors, the focus and eyes are taken off the road. Distracted driving is an extremely dangerous practice; taking your eyes off the road even for two seconds significantly increases the risk of a crash.
Safely Driving with a Pet
If a dog owner gets into a car accident with a pet in the car, the pet is in danger and could also injure others in the car. Only 16 percent of dog owners use a restraint system to secure the dog while traveling. A dog that is not restrained can become a projectile, causing severe injuries. The force of impact with an animal can cause severe and life-threatening injuries.
To prevent such injuries, it is extremely important that the dog does not become a distraction. An important step to safety is using a proper pet restraint system, which can prevent the dog from becoming a projectile in the event of a crash. There are various types of restraint systems available such as pet seat belts and crates that can be securely fastened in the vehicle. These restraints can keep the animal and passengers safe.
Consult a Chicago Car Wreck Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you may have a claim for compensation. Speak to a Chicago car wreck lawyer to know your legal rights. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.