Many people often bring a pet along on a trip or to run an errand. While pets can provide great companionship, having your four-legged friend loose inside the vehicle while driving can create a serious distraction and result in an accident.
Our Maryland car accident attorneys discuss why driving with unrestrained pets can be so distracting and offer advice on how to safely travel with a pet. Request a free consultation to learn about your rights.
To keep you and others safe, it is important to avoid driving while distracted. An unrestrained pet inside a vehicle can cause the driver to divert his or her attention, hands or eyes off the road. This kind of distraction is just as dangerous as texting or talking on a cellphone.
Pets can cause drivers to become distracted in a number of ways, such as:
Driving with your pet in a vehicle does not need to be dangerous. There are several things you can do to prevent your pet from becoming a distraction and causing an accident. This includes the following:
The state of Maryland currently does not have any laws which prohibits driving with an unrestrained pet in your vehicle. Drivers are not legally required to restrain or secure an animal during transportation.
However, Maryland Transportation Code Section 21-1104 does state that no one can drive a vehicle on the highway with any type of object, material or obstruction that would interfere with the clear view of the driver through the windshield. This may be applied to pets riding in a driver’s lap.
A police officer could even choose to ticket a driver if he or she thinks that a pet is making it difficult for a driver to see, steer or simply focus on the road.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by distracted driving, do not hesitate to contact our dedicated attorneys at the Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl for help. We are ready to represent you and guide you throughout the legal process should you have a valid claim.
Let us discuss your available legal options in a free, no-obligation consultation. Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, which means no upfront fees for our services. You only pay us if we help you win.
Contact our office today by calling 410-244-7005.