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Dogs Riding in Cars Increase Distracted Driving


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9/16/2014
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Distracted driving accidents killed 3,328 people in 2012 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data show that drivers under age 20 are among the highest risk group.

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident involving a distracted driver enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver in Clayton County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

According to a study by AAA and Kurgo, a pet travel company, 17 percent of dog owners surveyed allow their pets to sit in their laps while driving. The study polled 1,000 dog owners who had traveled with their pets in the past 12 months. More than half admitted to "petting their canine companions instead of paying attention to the road."

Over 80 percent of those polled admitted that they knew driving with an unharnessed dog was potentially dangerous but only 16 percent admitted that they regularly restrained their dog in a car.

The top reasons why drivers chose to drive with their dog unrestrained:

  • 42 percent think their dog is calm and therefore does not need a restraint

  • 39 percent said they never considered that their dog might need to be harnessed

  • 29 percent think a short trip is not a big deal;

  • 12 percent want their dog to be able to put its head out the window.

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.



Category: Auto Accidents


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