Pets and Driving
Fido may be your best friend, but that does not mean he belongs right next to you while you drive. Animals can be a very serious distraction to drivers when they are left unrestrained in vehicles. No matter the type of pet you have, it should be restrained or caged to ensure that it does not move around the car while the owner is driving.
Some people argue that their pet is different. That the pet is so well behaved, that driving with the animal, even with it on their laps, is completely safe. While a pet may be extremely well trained, a glance of a possum through the window can make even the most docile dog excited enough to start jumping around. One moment you are driving and enjoying the time with your dog, and in a split second you find yourself attempting to avoid a full speed wreck with an 80 pound Labrador on your lap.
Steps to Take When You Must Transport an Animal
It is incredibly important that a pet does not get near a driver while the vehicle is in operation. This includes small, lap dogs that may cry if they are not allowed to nestle into your warm lap. To keep both you and your pet safe while driving be sure to:
- Put the animal in a kennel that is appropriate to its size
- Lock the kennel and double check the lock
- Place the kennel and the animal in the backseat and buckle the kennel in
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a distracted driver, contact the Racine car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.