Last week, on the eve of the Jewish new year, a horrific crash took the lives of an East Brunswick, NJ couple as they were walking home from the synagogue. The crash also seriously injured 3 other pedestrians.
The 49 year old driver crashed into a utility pole before crashing into the pedestrians. The driver's dog was in the car. It is still under investigation whether the dog caused the fatal accident.
There is a New Jersey law which prohibits transporting animals in vehicles in an inhumane fashion. SPCA officers can stop drivers who improperly transport animals and issue tickets carrying fines ranging from $250 to $1000 pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:22-19.
Currently, there is pending legislation in New Jersey which requires pets to be restrained in the backseat of a moving vehicle.
Unrestrained pets often cause distractions to drivers by sitting on their laps, jumping onto their laps while the car is in motion, or even obstructing the drivers' view. 65% of drivers are distracted when they have pets in their cars pursuant to a 2011 AAA survey.
Distracted driving is very dangerous and causes serious, and sometimes fatal accidents. Other types of distracted driving include:
Injured victims and their families can make claims against negligent drivers in distracted driving accidents. For more information, contact our car accident lawyers who have helped victims of distracted driving in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.