Sometimes you may need to travel with your dog in the car, and it can be difficult to know how to keep both yourself and the dog safe while you are driving. Obviously a dog cannot be secured by a seatbelt, but it is also dangerous to have to dog running around in the car, as it is distracting and could cause a West Devon car accident.
On top of this, in a West Devon car accident, your dog may be badly injured if it is not properly secured or could cause you a serious injury if it is launched through the vehicle. For the most part, avoid driving around with your dog when you can get away with it, and if you do need to drive with your dog in tow, use these tips to keep the dog and yourself safe.
- Use a dog cage. The safest way of transporting any animal in a car is to have a cage fitted in the back. If you plan on travelling regularly with your dog then this is the best way to keep them securely in the back, and with enough space to move around.
- Use a dog harness. These are readily available in pet shops and secure the dog to the car for both its and your safety, as well as saving space if you have a smaller car.
- Don’t let the dog sit in the front seat. If you do get into an accident and the airbag goes off, you run the risk of killing your dog or yourself if the dog is in the front seat. Have it in a back seat for safety.
- Don’t open windows. Dogs love to put their heads out of car windows, but this is not safe and you run the risk of the dog escaping and causing an accident.
How to claim for compensation after a West Devon car accident
As long as a West Devon car accident was caused by the other driver, whether you have a dog in the car or not you should be able to make a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has over 10 years’ experience in the field of personal injury compensation claims, and works with experienced and professional personal injury lawyers to help you to get the compensation that you deserve.
You can call the helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the friendly, helpful team about your West Devon car accident and they will be able to tell you whether or not you have a good case for a compensation claim. If you do then you will be passed onto an in house injury lawyer who can make a start on your claim on your behalf.