Driving with Pets
From a fun day at the local dog park to the annual trip to the vet, there are a number of situations in which you will need to transport your pet in the car. But as fun it might be to let Fido ride along side you, tongue flailing out of the window, he can become a serious distraction and driving hazard.
A dog or cat, no matter what the size, can be the cause of an accident when allowed to roam free in the car close to a driver. Many people like having small dogs sit on their laps during long car trips. Others let large dogs sit, unrestrained, in the passenger seat next to them.
Rules for Driving with Pets
While you might have the sweetest, most passive dog in the world, you never know when the animal will see something through the window that excites them. A possum or deer dashing across the road can set a dog off to the point where it forgets everything you have taught him. In an instant, a driver may have a 75-pound animal in his or her lap while they are trying desperately to keep a hold of the steering wheel and avoid a possible wreck.
Pets of all types should be restrained at all times while riding in the car. Dogs and cats should be placed in kennels and put in the back seat for the duration of the trip to keep both you and your animal safe.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in which the other driver had an unrestrained pet, you may be able to collect damages. Contact the Madison car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to speak with an attorney about your legal rights and options.