What Are The Dangers Of Driving With A Dog In The Car?

At Flattmann Law, we love our pets, especially dogs!  To many, our dogs are part of our family, and it becomes common to bring our furry friends with us on the road.  Whether it is in the back of a pickup truck or looking out the window of a car, we see dogs everywhere when we are driving.  But it is important (for you, your pet, and fellow motorists) to remember some safety tips:

Pet Restraints

According to the American Automobile Association, over 80% of dog owners drive with their pets in the car.  Only about 16% of them use proper safety restraints.  Imagine a dog weighing 60 pounds.  At just 25 miles per hour, the force of an impact from a car crash can cause an unrestrained dog to be projected forward at a force equal to 40 times its weight.  Yikes!  Do the math… Fido may make a 2,400 pound impact on your dash!

While I’m sure that old Hunter loves being in the back of your pickup and that Fifi and Fufu can’t get enough of the front seat, you never want anything bad to happen to your pets. 

Reduce Pet Distractions

Did Bruiser just leave a present in the back seat?  I know it is hard, but there is really nothing you can do about it until you park.  Don’t try reaching in the back seat to take care of it while driving 70 down I-12.  That’s going to be dangerous… nasty… and embarrassing if you get in a wreck. 

If possible, make it clear to your passengers that they are in charge of the dog while you are driving.  If your dog is super smart, just show them this article and maybe they will limit their barking to a minimum while you are focused on driving.

Have You Been Injured In A Covington Area Car Wreck With Your 4-Legged Friend?

Have you been injured in an accident with your 4-legged friend and want an experienced law firm contact us online or call our Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. Flattmann Law serves clients on the Northshore, including Covington, Mandeville, Abita Springs, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Folsom, Hammond, Lacombe, Pearl River, and Slidell.