When you’re in the car, your pet could get injured from as little as an abrupt stop when they are not restrained. This could cause serious injuries to your pet and other passengers depending where your pet lands. When another car is involved, the situation becomes even more dangerous. If a car accident causes a window to break or a door to open, a pet could be thrown from the vehicle. Or worse, they could escape and run into oncoming traffic.
An unrestrained pet increases the risk of an accident because it enables distracted driving. That risk is boosted even higher if the pet is in your lap, which puts the pet in further danger from the air bag. Restraining your pet in the back seat is the best way to keep them safe as well as restrain yourself from distraction. If you get into an accident because your pet distracted you, it would be your fault and you wouldn’t be able to receive damages. But what about when the accident wasn’t your fault?