Could Man’s Best Friend Cause a Dangerous Florida Car Accident?

by Carmen Dellutri on September 29, 2011

Florida car accident lawyerWhile we are all animal lovers, driving with unrestrained pets can be dangerous and may even lead to a serious Florida car accident. A recent Los Angeles Times article on the topic got it just right when it stated: “Man's best friend is not a driver's best friend.”

According to experts, an unrestrained dog—whether curled up on a lap, hanging out the window, or resting its paws on the steering wheel—can be deadly. It is projected that tens of thousands of car accidents are caused by unrestrained pets every year, although there is no official count.

"An unrestrained pet can be hugely distracting—if he is seeking your attention, putting his face right in front of yours, starts chewing up the upholstery or is vomiting because he is carsick," said Katherine Miller, director of applied science and research for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In addition, in the case of a Florida car accident, an unrestrained pet can turn into a deadly projectile. As Miller notes, “A pet that weighs 50 pounds, in a 35 mph collision, is projected forward like a cannonball with 1,500 pounds of force, and that can cause critical injuries to the folks in the front seat."

Therefore, to prevent injuries to both yourself and your pet, it is important to use a harness or carrier and secure pets in the middle of the back seat. Should you be involved in a Florida car accident, restraining your pet also keeps the animal from running off after a crash and possibly getting hit or causing another crash.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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