Dogs in the Car and Driver Distraction
One of the most serious threats to driver safety in the United States is the ever-present risk of driver distractions pulling a driver’s attention away from the road, leading to an accident. The widespread problem of driver distraction is actually a major contributing factor in 80% of all accidents on the road.
Dogs riding in cars are a common site anywhere in the country, but also a very real cause of driver distraction leading to accidents. If you were injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was distracted by a dog in the vehicle, contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC, today by calling 513-321-7733.
Transporting Pets Safely
Without proper safety precautions, it is far too easy for an excited dog to jump into a lap at an inopportune time, leaving the driver distracted from the business of operating the car, endangering the driver, the pet, and others sharing the road. Follow these simple steps to stay safe while transporting your pet:
- Bring your crate into the car. Most dog owners have pet crates that their pets use on a regular basis in the home, and simply moving these devices into the back seat or rear cargo area of your vehicle can provide an excellent way to transport your dog without giving them the run of the vehicle.
- If you do not have access to a crate, try a pet barrier. These devices are commonly found at pet stores and sometimes made custom by the manufacturer for your vehicle. A pet barrier lets the dog move freely but prevents them from crossing into the passenger area of the vehicle.
- Never let your dog ride in the bed of a pickup truck unsecured. Sudden braking or steering could cause the animal to lose their balance and tumble out, putting the dog at serious risk of injury and potentially causing an accident.
While following these guidelines will assuredly make you a safer driver and reduce your risk of injury, there is little that can be done to curb the reckless actions of other motorists.
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, you are likely entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. Call an experienced Cincinnati injury lawyer from Stepleton Dugan, LLC, today at 513-321-7733 to learn more about what we may be able to do to help.