Pennsylvania Car Accident Blamed On Dog

May 23, 2013

A new study has shown that driving with a pet in the car can be just as dangerous as operating a cellphone behind the wheel, especially for the elderly.

Researchers examined crash reports and determined that accident rates were higher for those who regularly drove with a pet. The highest accident rate for motorists traveling with pets was among the demographic of drivers who were 70 years of age or older.

Pennsylvania Car Accident that occurred earlier this week was blamed on a pet in the vehicle. Reports indicate the crash happened at approximately 11:00 a.m. Monday morning in Berwick, Pennsylvania. According to a story from NBC 10-Philadelphia, a 35-year-old woman was driving past a local fast food restaurant when her dog jumped in her lap and got its head stuck in the steering wheel. The woman then lost control of the vehicle, drove onto a sidewalk, and crashed into a power pole.

The accident highlights the need to keep a pet restrained if they are going to ride in a vehicle. Placing a crate or kennel inside the vehicle and tying it down for security can accomplish this goal. Several harness products are also available that attach to a vehicle’s safety belt.

The Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers with Lundy Law hope these tips will help to keep both motorists and their pets safe while traveling.