Whether you are travelling a short distance or cross-country, take basic precautions to keep your pets and everyone else in the car safe. Properly restraining your pet is the best way to prevent accidents and reduce the chances of injury if an accident does occur.
Unrestrained pets can not only interfere with driving, but they can become a dangerous projectile in a collision or during sudden stops. The animal can hit the windshield, collide with another passenger, or hit the driver.
Proper securement can help reduce the risk of a roadway disaster, but unfortunately, many pet owners neglect this simple precaution. Take a look at this crash test using dogs that the Allianz Centre for Technology (AZT) staged. The researchers put two dummy dogs in the back seat, one restrained, one unrestrained. Upon collision, the restrained dog stayed in the backseat, while the unrestrained one catapulted towards the front of the car and smashed violently, head-first into the dashboard.
The Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW) offers the following recommendations to keep your pets secure and safe in the car:
For more safety tips, check out the free resources at the American Kennel Club and the ASPCA. You can also look over our blog for free, useful safety information. In the event that you are involved in a car accident in New York, contact an injury attorney at Goldstein and Bashner to discuss your legal options: (516) 874-4362.