3 Safety Guidelines for Driving With Dogs
Many dog owners enjoy driving with their pets in the seat beside them, or even right in their laps. While this kind of behavior is great for personal enjoyment and bonding with your pet, it unfortunately puts you at much greater risk of getting into an accident caused by driver distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that roughly 80% of all traffic accidents involve driver distraction as a significant contributing factor, making it by far the leading cause of car accidents in the country. Dogs in the passenger area are one such distraction.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact the Appleton car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team about the details of your case and what our services can do for you.
Tips for Avoiding Distraction
While it may feel cruel to relegate your dog to the rear of the vehicle, it’s in the best interest of both your pet and everyone else on the road. To help reduce the threat of driver distraction from well meaning pets, follow these simple guidelines:
- Bring your crate to the car. Many dog owners already have a crate in their possession, and it is a simple matter to move it into the back seat of your car or rear cargo area of an SUV.
- Try a pet barrier. Many manufacturers produce these products to separate the back seat or rear cargo area from the rest of the car, allowing your dog freedom of movement without posing a significant distraction risk.
- Always use a crate in the bed of a truck. Unrestrained dogs in the bed of trucks may seem like they are having a great time, but all it takes is one sudden maneuver to put your pet at serious risk of injury.
By keeping these tips in mind, you will dramatically reduce the likelihood of getting into an accident due to your own distraction. Unfortunately, even the most well-prepared drivers may still be at risk of injury due to the reckless or negligent driving behaviors of others.
If you have suffered an injury in a car wreck caused by the reckless actions of another party, you are likely entitled to compensation for your resulting medical expenses and other damages. Call the dedicated and knowledgeable Appleton car accident attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. today at 800-242-2874 for a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.