Various distractions are on the rise for motorists across the country, but one unusual distraction has caught the attention of AAA who is warning drivers not to take selfies with their pets while driving.
A recent study discovered that 12 percent of motorists have taken a photo of their pet while driving. An additional 42 percent say they pet their dog while driving.
These activities and more while behind the wheel cause serious distractions for drivers and greatly increases their risk for being involved in an accident. If you or someone you love is injured by a distracted driver, our auto accident lawyers can help.
Not only do pets cause a distraction to 13 percent of drivers who bring Fido along for a ride, but they can also greatly increase your risk for being injured during an accident.
According to Amy Stracke, Executive Director for the Auto Group Traffic Safety Foundation, in a 30 mile per hour accident, a free-roaming 10-pound dog becomes a 300-pound projectile and an 80-pound dog exerts about 2,400 pounds of force.
If you are involved in an accident and your unrestrained pet goes flying through the car, you, your pet and everyone else in the vehicle could be seriously injured.
The AAA survey found that 37 percent of owners do not restrain their pet while driving, 26 percent allow them to move around freely throughout the vehicle and 22 percent allow their pet to sit in their lap while driving.
AAA says the best way to prevent distractions and to limit the potential for injury is to confine your pet to the backseat in a carrier or harnessed to a seatbelt.
Distracted driving is the number one cause of accidents in the United States. The immersion of pets into the mix only complicates and furthers the possibility for distractions while driving.
If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, you need an experienced auto accident lawyer on your side who you can trust to fight for your rights. Contact Peterson & Associates, P.C.™immediately after being involved in this type of accident.