California Ranks Number 1 in Dog Bites

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, California ranks number 1 in dog attacks. The Golden State also ranks number 1 in dog attacks for all postal workers. For cities with the most dog-bite related insurance claims:

·         Los Angeles ranks number 1
·          San Francisco ranks number 2
·         San Francisco ranks number 4
·          Sacramento ranks number 8

Unfortunately, thousands of people suffer from dog bite attacks every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 800,000 people suffer from a dog bite injuries that require medical care. Of these injured, half are children.

How to Prevent Dog Bite Attacks

In California, numerous pedestrians are mauled and killed by wild dogs and pit bulls. In recent events, one jogger was mauled to death by pit bulls, while a woman had her nose bite off by a Labrador mix. To prevent dog bite attacks from occurring and injuring innocent pedestrians, it is imperative to understand how to prevent and protect yourself.
  •           Keep your distance from dogs you do not know. Avoid loose or unfamiliar dogs. Never try to pet one unless you get the dog owner’s permission.
  •           Allow dogs to sniff you before you touch them.
  •           Be gentle. Many dogs attack people because they feel threatened.
  •           Do not interrupt a dog while the dog is either sleeping or eating. This may infuriate the animal.
  •           Avoid direct eye contact with a dog. If you look directly into the eyes of a strange dog, the dog may see this as a challenge.
  •           Don’t run away from a threatening dog. They may want to chase and attack you. If you encounter an unfamiliar dog keep your cool.
  •           Teach children how to behave around dogs. Children tend to suffer more dog bites as they tend to want to play with dogs and unintentionally harass them. Also, never leave a child unintended with a dog.

Personal Injury Claims

If you or someone you know was recently injured in a dog attack, you should speak to a personal injury attorney immediately. With the legal assistance of a personal injury attorney, you may be able to win a substantial settlement against the dog owner for your pain and suffering. Contact us today regarding your claim.