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Is It Safe to Drive With Your Pet in the Car?

man wearing a sweater and sunglasses sitting in the driver's seat of a car holding a mid-sized dog

According to a recent AAA study, an estimated 84% of pet owners do not restrain their dogs while driving. While it may seem harmless, letting your dog roam freely in the car can be incredibly dangerous. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the dangers of this common practice and whether there is an avenue for compensation should your pet be injured in a crash.

Dangers of Having an Unrestrained Pet in the Car

It's unsurprising that having an unrestrained pet in the car can significantly increase the risk of distraction to the driver. AAA found that nearly one in five drivers have had to take their hands off the wheel to keep their dog from jumping into the front seat, and another 17% drive with their dog in their lap. Even if your pet may be well-trained, it is still possible for them to become a distraction if they are unrestrained and can cause you to take your eyes off the road.

In addition to potential distraction, unrestrained pets can also become projectiles during any sudden stops or accidents. In a crash, an unrestrained pet could fly through the windshield and cause further damage to individuals in the car. Unrestrained animals can also be thrown out of open windows or injured by broken glass if there is an accident.

Can I Recover Compensation If My Pet is Injured in a Car Wreck?

The short answer is yes. In Texas, pets are typically recognized as property and may be considered such in a motor vehicle accident. This means that if your pet is injured or killed as a result of a vehicle collision caused by another driver, you may be able to recover compensation for any damages incurred. It is important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in order to make sure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident caused by another person's negligence, contact us today to discuss your options. At Law Offices Of Vic Feazell, P.C., we are experienced in handling car crash cases involving pets and will fight for the compensation you deserve. Call (254) 938-6885 today to discuss your legal options.