Driving with your Dog in the Car - Is it Legal?

We love our dogs in Alaska.  And we often drive with them in the car.  The question is whether this is legal?  The anser is that it is legal in Alaska.  Hawaii is the only state to make it illegal.  Most experts recommend against driving with unrestraind dogs in your car however.  Why?

Why Should I Think Twice About Driving with My Dog in the Car?

The main reason is that dogs are potential projectiles.  A 10-pound dog can turn into 300 pounds of force in a 30 mile per hour car accident.  An unrestrained dog can be dangerous for the driver, passengers, other motorists and the pet.  It's perfectly legal in every state but Hawaii, however.  In at least three other states - Nevada, New Jersey, and Washington - animal cruelty laws that make it iellegal to improperly tranpsport an animal could apply to driving with an unrestrained pet.

If you live in Alaska, though, it is perfectly legal to drive with an unrestrained dog in your car.  It is important to consider the potential consequences if you are in a car accident, however, even if the accident is not your fault.

Take Action Quickly

If you have been in a car accident, it is important to contact a lawyer so that you can take action as soon as possible. The sooner that you take action, the more likely it is that evidence will be available to help you prove your claim and that the more likely it is that you will get a fair recovery sooner. 

We encourage you to contact us today via this website or by phone to schedule a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation with attorney Ben Crittenden. After that, you can make an informed decision about how to protect your legal rights.

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