As many as one in three motorists admit that they are frequently distracted by their pets while driving, increasing the risk of an accident.

Facebook-Driving with pets in the car is enjoyable. However, for it to be enjoyable and safe, your pets must be safely restrained. Failure to restrain your pets can increase your risk of an accident.

Pets riding unrestrained in a car with their owners are a much higher distraction factor than believed. According to a new study by the AAA, American motorists drive too often with pets loose in the car. These pets are not restrained in any kind of pet restraint system. Rather, they’re allowed to ride in the front seat, the backseat or sometimes even in the driver’s lap.

In the AAA study, which was conducted in collaboration with a pet travel products company, these distractions involve petting the animal, trying to hold it in place while braking, preventing the pet from walking to the front seat from the backseat, and all types of other activities. Each and every one of these actions increases the motorist’s risk of an accident.

There is no reason why you need to drive with your pet unsecured in your car. There is an entire range of pet travel products out there, including everything from pet seatbelts and booster seats to carriers, depending on the breed and size of the pet. Distractions don’t only have to involve electronic distractions. Even petting Max can increase your risk of an accident.

If you were involved in an accident with a distracted driver, speak to a Palm Beach car accident lawyer about filing a claim for compensation. Call today to schedule a consultation with a Palm Beach car accident lawyer.