There are many ways in which drivers lose their ability to focus on the road. Often people recognize that smartphones and other electronic devices are a major source of distraction, but there are all sorts of other reasons why drivers lose their focus. For example, a driver may be distracted by someone else in the vehicle, the radio or even a dog that is riding along with them. If you drive with your dog, whether you bring them over to someone else’s house or take them to the vet, it is essential to ensure that they will not distract you.
Unfortunately, some people do not pay attention to these risks and they allow their dog (or other pets) to get in the way of their ability to drive. Not only can a dog jump up onto a driver’s lap and cause him or her to swerve off of the road or take their eyes or hands away from driving, but they may also bark loudly or distract a driver for some other reason.
Sadly, distracted driving is very serious and has claimed many lives over the years. A person who takes their attention off the road can slam into another car or cause other vehicles to collide, even if they are only distracted for a few seconds. Moreover, the injuries that many victims have suffered have also made life incredibly challenging for those hit by a distracted driver. If you have been involved in such a crash, it is important to evaluate your legal options.