Dog Bites Causing Death? Face the Facts

Here are some interesting facts about dogs and dog attacks:

• According to the American Medical Association, dog bites are the second leading cause of childhood injury, surpassing playground accidents.

• Approximately 20 people die every year as a result of a dog bite attack (most of the victims are children).

• From 1979 to 1996, dog attacks resulted in more than 300 human deaths in the United States (most of the victims were children).

• Male dogs are more likely to bite people than female dogs by a margin of 2 to 1.

• Dogs in the age range of one and five years are involved in more dog bite injury cases than dogs older than 6 years.

• Dogs not known to the victim account for approximately 10% to 20% of all reported dog bites.

• Mixed breed dogs (not purebred dogs) are most often involved in inflicting bites to people.

• The breeds most often involved in fatal dog bite attacks are rottweilers and pit bulls.

• The most common purebred dogs that are involved in biting humans are German shepherds and chow chows.

• The list of breeds most involved in both bite injuries and fatalities change from year to year and from one area of the country to another, depending on the popularity of the breed.

• In the United States, pit bulls make up 1% to 3% of the overall dog population but cause more than 50% of serious attacks.

• The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that a chained dog is 2.8 times more likely to bite a person than an unchained dog.

• Dogs that are not sprayed or neutered are three times more likely to bite a person than those dogs who have been sterilized.

• In 1994, the emergency room costs for dog bite victims in the United States was about $102 million, and overall direct medical costs were about $165 million.

• According to the Insurance Information Institute, dog bites accounted for about 25% of all claims on homeowner’s insurance, costing more than $321 million in 2003.

• In 2002, the average settlement amount for a dog bite was $16,600.

• According to the Western Insurance Information Service, the insurance industry paid out more than $1 billion in dog bite claims in 1998 alone.

Personal injury attorney and author, Chris Davis, has been helping victims of dog bites for nearly 20 years. He has a lot of experience and he wants to share it with you. His book entitled, “When the Dog Bites: The Essential Guide to Dog Bite Claims in Washington,” is full of the information you are looking for if you are a victim of dog bites, or just want to learn more about dog bite prevention. To order a FREE copy, click here.

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