There may not be a crying baby in the back of the car and drivers may not be checking their smartphones to see if their bosses need them urgently. However, a new study says pet distraction could be putting drivers over the age of 70 at risk. Specifically, older drivers may be at risk if the regularly drive with pets in the car.
What the Pet Distraction Study Found
The first of its kind study from the University of Alabama found that drivers over the age of 70 who always drove with a pet in the car had double the risk of being in an accident when compared to drivers who never drove with a pet in the car. The study was published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.
If you have been hurt in a Pennsylvania accident and you noticed a dog, cat, or other pet in the other vehicle then it is important to mention that fact to your accident and injury lawyers so that your attorney can investigate whether the pet contributed to the other driver’s distraction, to your collision, and ultimately to your injuries.