On average, one in three motorists will admit that they get distracted by their pets while driving quite often. Unfortunately, this increases the risk for an accident to occur.

Facebook-Driving with pets in the car is enjoyable. However, for it to be enjoyable and safe, your pets must be safely restrained. If you don’t restrain your pets, you’re putting yourself at risk for an accident.

Pets that ride in a car unrestrained with their owners will be at an increased distraction factor. According to a study by the AAA, American motorists drive too often while having pets loose in their car. These pets are not restrained in any kind of pet restraint system; instead, they are allowed to ride in the driver’s lap, the front seat, and the backseat.

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 good reason as to why you need to drive with your pet unrestrained in the car. With several pet travel products on the market, you should be able to find something that can fit your situation and the breed and size of your pet. Distractions aren’t just about electronic distractions. Even petting your dog can lead to 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.