As pets become an increasingly important part of many people’s day-to-day lives, it is tempting to think that getting behind the wheel with your pet in the car is not that big of a deal.
Sometimes, there is no choice but to travel with your pet in the car. Whether it is a trip to the vet or whether you are moving to a new home, your pet will certainly need to come with you. What you are in control of in this situation, however, is how your pet travels. You want to make sure that safety is your top priority and that you are prepared to avoid accidents wherever possible.
As recent research from the AAA Traffic Safety Foundation indicates, it can be dangerous to have an animal inside your vehicle. For example, up to 29% of respondents in a recent survey indicated that they were distracted by their dog while driving and a further 65% of canine owners admitted to engaging in a minimum of one potentially distracting activity while their dog was in the vehicle with them. These distracting activities included:
- Playing with the dog
- Petting the dog
- Reaching into the backseat
- Allowing the dog to travel on the driver’s lap
Many individuals do not use restraints with their animals inside the vehicle which could lead to severe injuries in the event of an accident. In order to ensure that traveling with your pet is a safe ride, make sure that he or she is restrained in either a crate or some other kind of harness to minimize the animal moving about the vehicle. It is important to keep your eyes on the road at all time so as to minimize chances of an accident. If you were injured in an accident, then call the law office of Jayson Lutzky, P.C. Mr. Lutzky offers free in person consultations to those who were injured in car crashes. If you have been seriously injured, then home and hospital visits are available. Call 718-329-9500 to learn more or visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com/Accidents.