Seatbelts for dogs? It’s an important safety issue.

In some states, including Hawaii and New Jersey, laws prohibit people from letting their dogs ride in cars unrestrained. It may sound silly to have seatbelts for dogs, but driving with pets loose in the car is a dangerous thing to do – for humans and their pets.

Dogs that are not restrained in a vehicle pose numerous dangers, including:

  • They can distract the driver, which can result in an accident.
  • They can physically interfere with driving by touching the steering wheel or other controls.
  • If they are large enough, dogs can obstruct the driver’s view by standing in their lap.
  • If the driver makes a sudden stop or is in an accident, the dog can act as a projectile, injuring itself and passengers.
  • In an accident, dogs that are loose in the vehicle may be in danger from EMTs or police if they perceive the animal as a potential threat while trying to help injured passengers.

If you care about the safety of yourself and your pet, restraining it in the car is critical. You can use a kennel, a gate that keeps the dog in the back section of the vehicle or a restraint that hooks to the seatbelt. These are easy, inexpensive ways to keep your dog safe and help prevent car accidents.

What if I’m injured by a driver who’s distracted by a pet?

If you are in an accident caused by a driver with an unrestrained pet, you can seek damages for your losses, including lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. When a driver’s negligence causes an accident, they can be held accountable for injuries.

In most cases, working with an experienced personal injury lawyer after a car accident yields better results. When accident victims try to fight the negligent driver’s insurance company by themselves, they typically do not have the knowledge and resources to make it a fair fight. The insurance company will have attorneys representing their interests. You need one, too.

i 3 Table of Contents

We listen. Your story matters to us.

We have a team of courtroom lawyers with a proven track record to help you tell your story. And we have the resources, the experience and the reputation to make sure you’re heard.

Tell Us About Your Case

Check Consent Box

Honored To Be a Part of Their  Story
"They took a case that others would have stayed clear of.."
I have the utmost respect for Rip Andrews and the lawyers at MRB Law. They took a case that others would have stayed clear of because the issue of state immunity was involved. Through determination and unwavering commitment they were able to a find resolution to an extremely difficult matter.
Nancy Owen
"They took a case that others would have stayed clear of.."
I have the utmost respect for Rip Andrews and the lawyers at MRB Law. They took a case that others would have stayed clear of because the issue of state immunity was involved. Through determination and unwavering commitment they were able to a find resolution to an extremely difficult matter.
Nancy Owen
"They...brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict ."
These lawyers took a complicated issue, revealed the truth in a way 12 jurors unfamiliar with the topic could understand, and brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict. They were able to relate my “invisible” medical condition to the jury better than I can to my own friends. And because of that, the jury hugged me and cried with me when it was all over. That meant more to me than any amount of money.
Caroline Malatesta
"They...brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict."
These lawyers took a complicated issue, revealed the truth in a way 12 jurors unfamiliar with the topic could understand, and brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict. They were able to relate my “invisible” medical condition to the jury better than I can to my own friends. And because of that, the jury hugged me and cried with me when it was all over. That meant more to me than any amount of money.
Caroline Malatesta
"Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed ."
I can’t adequately put into words the appreciation I have for Mr. Derrick Mills and MRB Law. He was assertive in his fight for justice for our family during our time of tragedy. Mr. Mills is knowledgeable, passionate and a great communicator. Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed. Thank you Mr. Mills for being a dedicated professional! Justice done right!
Dana Owens
"Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed."
I can’t adequately put into words the appreciation I have for Mr. Derrick Mills and MRB Law. He was assertive in his fight for justice for our family during our time of tragedy. Mr. Mills is knowledgeable, passionate and a great communicator. Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed. Thank you Mr. Mills for being a dedicated professional! Justice done right!
Dana Owens
Related Articles
The most dangerous times for driving: stay alert and safe!
The most dangerous times for driving: stay alert and safe!

Driving is an everyday activity for most of us, but it is important to know that certain times pose a higher risk of getting involved in an accident. Whether because of increased traffic, weather or human factors, knowing the most dangerous times and circumstances for...

How can a malfunctioning seat belt be fatal?
How can a malfunctioning seat belt be fatal?

Seat belts are one of the most important safety equipment inside vehicles; millions of people depend on them daily. This type of equipment has a dramatic impact on a person’s chances of survival in an accident. A malfunctioning seat belt can put drivers and passengers...

Understanding the dangers of defective car seats
Understanding the dangers of defective car seats

Car seats exist to keep babies, toddlers and children safe during a car crash. However, in certain instances, they do not work as they are supposed to due to a defect or flaw in the product. An improperly manufactured car seat can be ineffective and extremely...

Related Videos
Personal Account
Business Account
Investments
Insurance Services
Ohter Services
Debit Card
Credit Card

Your story matters to us

Tell Us Your Story