According to a recent survey recounted by Consumer Reports, a new driving hazard has surfaced: driving with dogs. The surveyors, AAA and Kurgo, questioned 1,000 dog owners who drive with their dogs often. Out of these 1,000 dog owners, the survey reported that over half of the dog owners agreed that driving with their pets in the car is their number one distraction. Driving with dogs in the car encourage behaviors such as petting the dog, having the dog sit in the driver’s lap, using their arms to hold the pet stable while braking or to avoid crawling up towards the driver’s seat, or giving them treats while operating the vehicle. Driving Distracted reports a U.S. Department of Transportation survey that states 20% of Illinois car accident injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracteddriving.
Corresponding with the recent outbreak of dog driving distractions, a recent car crash accident involving two families, and a search for a DVD within the car, resulted in three fatalities.
ABCNews reported an accident involving to families driving in their own cars, on the same road, in different directions. One family, a husband, wife, and child were distracted when looking for a DVD in the car. The husband, who was operating the car, swerved into the other lane and hit the family opposite them. The wife in the car of the distracted driver died in the collision. In the opposite car, both the husband and wife had died in the collision, with their three small children in the back seat. The two eldest children had several serious spinal injuries, while the youngest had broken bones. While becoming distracted is easy, it can have serious consequences on the road. In this case, resulting in a negligent driver responsible for the death of his wife and the parents of three small children.
This case had touched many people nation wide and has helped many understand the severity of driving distracted. Celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Sean “Diddy” Combs have become involved with the issue, using Twitter and social media to spread the message. They have also continued to support the orphaned children and raising awareness for the issue distracted driving poses.
Driving distracted is a serious issue that faces drivers today. It is easy to become distracted while driving with a pet, or simply looking for a DVD, however it is also easy to pull the car over to secure the pet or find the DVD. Continuing to do these activities can lead to pedestrian fatalities, wrongful death, and serious injuries that can last a lifetime.
We encourage these celebrities to continue bringing awareness to the issues at hand, and generally encourage drivers to stay focused on the road to protect themselves and others. Our Illinois car accident attorneys are experienced in distracted driving cases, representing many victims throughout Illinois. If you have been injured because of another driver, or if you have lost a loved one in an accident, contact us to examine your case and discuss how we can help you.