Car accident lawyers in Raleigh with Brent Adams & Associates reviewed new research that shows older drivers double their risk of a car crash when they drive with their dog in the vehicle. Driving with pets is just as---if not more---distracting than other types of distracted driving habits like eating or texting while driving.
The new study, completed by Clinical Research Unit in the UAB Department of Ophthalmology, showed that senior citizens over the age of 70 were placing themselves at high risk of a car accident if they frequently choose to drive with their pet in the vehicle. As we age our senses are dulled and our reaction times are lessened. Vision impairments and hearing loss impair a driver's ability to observe obstructions in the road and hear the horn of warning drivers.
A car accident may be devastating for a senior citizen who may be injured easily. Older drivers have a greater risk of suffering more injuries, needing more time to heal, or not healing at all. A fractured bone for a senior citizen with osteoporosis has more consequences than it would for someone in their 20s or 30s. Plus, broken hips may require hip-replacement surgeries. (Our Raleigh injury lawyers have written about the risks of metal hip implants.)
If you are concerned about an aging friend or family member who still drives with their pet, encourage them to drive safer by leaving their pet at home. Not only will this help reduce the risk of your loved one being injured or killed in an accident, but it will also reduce the risk of their dog suffering an injury or dying in a car accident. If you're curious how pet death lawsuits are valued, read this post by our injury lawyers in Raleigh about emotional damages awarded for pet deaths in North Carolina.