We love our pets in the U.S. Many of us consider them family, and some of us bring them just about everywhere we can. But did you know that an unrestrained animal in your vehicle can be the cause of a distracted-driving collision?
Our distracted-driving habits are deadly: 10 percent of all fatal crashes and 18 percent of all injury-causing crashes involve some form of distraction, according to 2013 figures from the NHTSA. Distraction caused by cell phones and texting often top the list, but distraction can also be the result of eating, drinking, smoking, talking or arguing with passengers, adjusting audio or video devices, and checking maps or GPS.