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Hitting the New York highways with your dog

Seat belt laws have been around in New York so long, you and your passengers probably buckle up without even thinking about it. Since your dog lacks opposable thumbs, it relies on you to provide this protection. Our team at Bendall & Mednick have represented many clients who were injured in motor vehicle accidents that occurred because an animal was roaming free in a vehicle.

Forbes points out that there are many options designed to keep your dog safe in your vehicle. Of course, you want your pet to be comfortable and enjoy the ride. You also want to examine the ratings of your choices, to see how well they have performed in crashes. Not only that, it is important to make the choice that is designed specifically for your dog’s body type, weight and size.

Your dog is not the only one at risk on the highway. A sudden stop could cause an unrestrained pet to fly forward, and even at low speeds, if you are hit by a 10-pound animal, the force could be significant enough to severely injure you and your dog.

One survey indicated that 52 percent of the pet owners who had their dogs in their cars at least once in the previous month admitted they had paid more attention to their pet than their driving at some point in the trip. Any time you take a hand off the wheel or look away from the road to pet your dog, give it treats or try to keep it from jumping between the front and back seats, for example, you are significantly increasing your risk of a crash. More information about highway collisions is available on our web page.

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