Dog Harnesses for Cars and the Dangers of Driving with a Pet

According to an article on, Dog harnesses meant to keep your dog safe while riding in your automobile may not provide the safety dog owners intend

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Our Asheville car accident attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness about safety harnesses and the dangers of riding with a pet in your car.

With over 43 million households owning a dog traveling safely with their pet(s) is a serious concern for many Americans. Out of necessity or even just for fun, dogs are often transported in a vehicle.

The testing completed involved not only the safety of the pet during a potential crash but also tested the safety to human passengers. Out of 11 harnesses tested only 1 was recommended by the Center for Pet Safety (CPS).

The crash portion of the testing involved three different sized dogs including: a 75 pound Golden Retriever, a 45 pound Border Collie, and a 25 pound Terrier mix. The Center for Pet Safety intends to use the results of this test to develop industry guidelines for these types of products.

Many pet owners love giving their dog a ride the car. Although it may be a lot of fun for a dog to go for a ride there are many dangers to having your dog as a passenger in the vehicle.

According to the Pet Travel Center’s website, 98 percent of all animals ride completely unrestrained, and as discussed above placing your dog in a restraint may not offer the amount of protection expected.

Research shows that 25 percent of all vehicle accidents are the result of driver distraction. Dogs roaming lose around the interior of an automobile are a dangerous source of distraction.

In addition, an unrestrained animal may create a dangerous situation for human passengers in the vehicle. Studies show that a dog weighing 25 pounds can create an impact of 1,000 pounds of force if a collision occurs at 40 miles per hour.

If an unrestrained dog hits a person the impact could easily break the individual’s neck. In addition, if a dog were to hit a windshield with that level of force it would almost certainly kill the dog.

Even in cases where the initial accident does not seriously harm or kill your dog you may have to worry about a panicked dog who may become aggressive.

Unrestrained dogs encounter additional dangers including:
• Jumping from the car or falling from an open window.
• Injuries from debris on the roadway if the dog is holding its head out of the window.
• Dogs should never ride lose in the bed of a truck. Even at low speeds on short trips this can be a very dangerous way to transport your dog.

Although the harnesses provided to date haven’t provided a great deal of safety for dogs they are preferable to completely unrestrained animals. Additionally, the research in this area should soon be converted to the manufacture of safer and more effective designs.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

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