California is home to countless animal lovers, many of whom have pets they like to take everywhere with them. In fact, whenever you are driving through Sacramento, you might notice several drivers have pet passengers.
However, as much as we love our animal companions, they can prove to be incredibly distracting when they are riding in the car with us. This can be especially true when they are moving around the vehicle or even sitting in a driver's lap.
A survey conducted by AAA showed that driving with an unrestrained pet is not uncommon, and it can be incredibly distracting. Of the 17 percent of people who said they drive with dogs on their laps, 65 percent admitted that they engage in distracting behaviors while driving. Instead of focusing on the road, drivers wind up focusing on petting, playing with or simply keeping an eye on pets inside the car.
This is certainly troubling, considering the number of motorists in California who often drive with their dogs on their laps. And even though this state has particularly strict laws regarding distracting phone use while driving, there is no such law banning a distracting pet.
However, even if they aren't breaking a law, distracted drivers can be held accountable should they cause an accident. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a driver who was not paying attention because of a pet or any other distraction, you can hold that person responsible for damages by filing a lawsuit.
When people are driving while distracted, they are putting themselves and every other motorist in danger. You should not have to pay the price for someone else's unsafe driving. You can take legal action seeking compensation for damages you have suffered.