Taking pets in the car is second nature for many dog owners, who frequently spend most of their non-work days with their canine companions. What many people fail to realize is that letting a dog have free run of the passenger area of the vehicle creates a significant risk of an accident due to driver distraction.
Most dog owners will freely admit to petting and playing with their pets while driving, and an excited or frightened animal may interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle. If you or someone you love has been hurt due to a driver distracted by pets or other things while on the road, contact a dedicated Des Moines accident lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today at (515) 705-0233.
Minimizing Dog Distractions
Many owners are hesitant to restrain their pets while driving, but keeping a pet under control is the best decision for the pet, the driver, and everyone else on the road. In order to minimize your risk of accident or injury with a canine passenger, adhere to the following guidelines:
- Place your pet in a crate in the back seat
- For larger pets, try a pet barrier
- Never let your dog ride unrestrained in the bed of a truck
Following these guidelines will make you a significantly safer driver, but there is no way to prevent the reckless actions of other drivers on the road. A distracted driver may cause you serious injury in an accident.
If you have suffered an injury in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you are likely entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other damages. Contact an experienced Des Moines accident lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today at (515) 705-0233 for a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.