According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States every year, and 900,000 of those bites become infected. The U.S. population is approximately 325.8 million people as of 2017. This means that a dog bites 1 out of every 72 people, statistically. According to the Insurance Information Institute, one-third of all homeowner’s insurance liability claims (in dollars) result from dog bites or dog-related injuries, and the average cost is more than $37,000.
Why Do Dogs Bite?
Keep these tips in mind any time that you’re around a canine. Gaining an awareness of their mental state will also help you recognize a potential bite situation before it gets dangerous.
- Dogs bite when they are involved in a stressful situation.
- Dogs may bite a perceived threat if they are scared or endangered.
- Dogs will bite in order to protect themselves, their puppies, or to even their owners.
- A dog may bite if they are not feeling well or if it is suddenly startled.
- A dog may nip or bite while playing, so be careful with aggressive playing as it may overexcite the animal.
- Approximately 5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States.
- In 2016, there were an estimated 78 million dogs in the U.S.
- In 2016, there were 41 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities, which means 0.00000053% of dogs caused fatalities.
- Pit bulls alone contributed to 22 of these deaths.
- Labradors, Rottweilers, American Bulldogs, Belgian Malinois, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds and mixed-breeds each contributed to 2 deaths.
- 31% of deaths were infants ages 3 to 6 days.
- 42% of deaths were children ages 9 and younger.
- 58% of deaths were adults ages 30 and older.
- Pit bulls and Rottweilers have accounted for 76% of all fatal dog attacks between 2005 and 2016
- You have a 1 in 112,400 chance of dying from a dog bite or strike
- The majority of all dog bites involve dogs who are not spayed or neutered
- 25% of fatal attacks were inflicted by chained dogs.
- The insurance industry paid more than $530 million in dog bite related claims in the year 2014 alone.
How to Prevent a Dog Bite
Just like when people become angry, there are always good pets that may attack. Even if the dog never displayed an aggressive demeanor, and even though the dog may not be provoked at all to attack, there are still many instances where dogs will attack out of fear or in order to protect another dog or a person. When you are around any dog, you should maintain confident, but establish cautious body language. Below are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t accidentally trigger an attack from a dog:
- Do NOT approach an unfamiliar animal, even if they have a collar on.
- NEVER run away from a dog, panic or make loud noises around them.
- If an unfamiliar dog does approach you, it is important to remain still and calm. Avoid direct eye contact and do not run from them or scream.
- Do NOT disturb a dog while they’re eating, sleeping, or taking care of their puppies.
- Before you attempt to pet an animal, make sure that you allow it to sniff you first, and afterward be careful scratch the animal under the chin and NOT on the head.
- Do NOT encourage your dog or any others to play aggressively.
- If you are somehow knocked over by a dog, roll yourself up into a ball and remain still. Be sure to cover your ears and neck with your hands and arms and remain calm.
- DO report strays in your neighborhood or dogs that are displaying odd behavior to your local animal control center.
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Did you know that less than 1% of dog bite victims ever get compensated? Dogs bite at least 4.7 million Americans per year, but insurance companies pay only 15,000 to 16,000 victims. Without an experienced attorney, a dog bite victim has a very small chance of finding justice.
An insurance adjuster will offer a victim 10% to 20% of what he would offer to them if they had an attorney working on the case. A person who attempts to pursue a dog bite claim places himself or herself in the position of the prosecutor. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that the victim himself doesn’t know the right things to say in order to get the claim settled effectively in his or her favor.
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