Many car wrecks are caused every year by driving distractions, sometimes resulting in serious injuries. Pets in particular can cause distractions because they may move around in a vehicle, make noise, become sick and make a mess in the vehicle.
According to a AAA study approximately 12 percent of drivers have even admitted to taking selfies with their pets while driving. Drivers should take precautions when transporting pets to reduce the risk of causing an accident.
With distracted driving on the rise on roads across the country, turn to the experienced auto accident lawyers you can trust if you or someone you love is involved in a distracted driving accident. Call 800-304-9246 for a free consultation.
To reduce the risk of a car accident caused by distractions from your pet, follow these quick tips:
- Make sure your pets are secured either in a crate or tied up with special pet safety equipment available at most pet stores.
- Feeding a pet a light meal several hours before a trip can help prevent carsickness.
- Giving an animal frequent bathroom breaks can also help pet owners avoid having to clean up a mess in the car.
- Drivers should also make sure to keep their eyes on the road and avoid becoming distract by a pet in the car.
A driver who was distracted because of a loose animal in the car could be found at fault for the accident because the driver should have taken proper precautions and restrained the animal with a harness or put it in a crate in order to minimize the risk.
Car accidents due to driving distractions are unfortunately very common and often result in serious injuries. Our experienced Oklahoma attorneys can help those who have been injured in a senseless car accident through no fault of their own. Injured victims may be entitled to compensation to help pay for medical bills and other costs.