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Can Dogs Cause Car Accidents? Who’s Responsible? | Colorado Springs Auto Accident Lawyers

Dogs love car rides.   For a long time it’s been acceptable to just crack a window and let your furry friend stick their head out.  Many states, however, are beginning to rethink whether it’s a good idea to let dogs run free throughout our vehicles.  A recent accident in Colorado Springs may only strengthen their fears.

Wednesday morning, an elderly man was driving near 21st and Cimarron when his dog jumped over his lap and onto the driver’s side floorboard.  The little pup smashed the gas pedal, and the car went out of control.  It crashed through a fence and barreled down a path at Bear Creek Dog Park before finally coming to a stop when it hit a creek.  The 90-year-old driver sustained minor injuries, but all things considered, it could have been much worse.

So what can be done to avoid similar accidents?  We can’t just leave the animals at home – sometimes they simply have to travel with you.  There are a lot of ways to keep your dog from roaming around the vehicle while driving.  Make sure to keep your pet in the backseat, never the front.  Of course, there is also a lot of equipment that you can take advantage of, like crates and car harnesses.  Just remember that a pet can be as dangerous of a distraction as a cellphone.

Also, keep in mind that in some states, it’s actually against the law to drive with a pet in your lap, so make sure you educate yourself on the laws in your area.

Have You Been Injured in an Auto Accident in Colorado Springs?

A dog owner can be held responsible for the actions of their animals.  So if their pet causes them to wreck their car and that wreck hurts you or your family, who is truly at fault?  Anytime you’re involved in an injury accident, you’re going to have questions.

Let the Colorado Springs accident attorneys at Heuser & Heuser answer them!

All you have to do is contact us, and we’ll get started with a FREE consultation right away.

Source. KKTV.com, ‘http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Dog-Causes-Crash-At-Colorado-Springs-Park-221409561.html,’ August 29, 2013.

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