Posted in Car Accidents on December 10, 2019
Dogs are arguably the most popular pet in America. With approximately 90 million dogs in US households, it should come as no surprise that many of these dogs travel with their people on a regular basis. Sometimes, a dog I sin the car for a short trip. Other times, they accompany their owners on long road trips. Regardless of how often or how far your dog travels with you in a car, you need to be safe.
Dogs can present safety problems in the vehicle but traveling with Fido can be done in a way that keeps everyone on the roadway safe and secure. According to AAA, 84% of pet owners say they have brought their pets along with them on a car ride. However, only 16% of those surveyed say they use pet restraints.
Most people know that distracted driving is a problem, and this is not just caused by call phones. Dogs can present major distractions on the roadway. The most common distractions include:
Any of these distractions can lead to a driver taking their eyes off the roadway. Distracted driving can, and often does, lead to serious car accidents.
An accident is not only dangerous for you and others on the roadway. An unrestrained pet involved in an accident is likely to suffer from serious injuries or death. A deployed airbag can also cause serious injuries to a dog.
You can follow these tips to ensure safe traveling with your dog:
You can safely bring your dog with you on car trips. By following the safety tips above and using proper restraints, you reduce major risks on the roadway. If your pet is injured or killed in a car accident that was caused by another driver, the pet’s injury could be viewed as property damage in an insurance claim. You may be able to secure compensation to help with your dog’s vet expenses.