Dog Bite Statistics for Seattle, Washington State and the U.S.

An estimated 4.5 million Americans are injured by dog bites each year, with some being more severe and life-threatening than others.  One in five dog bites become infected and require medical attention. Ultimately, dog bites are a harsh reality, even though most stories are not shared or reported to the media each time they happen.

Attacks and serve-dog bites have great and sometimes life-altering impacts on families and pet owners, which is why it’s important to grasp the real facts about dog bites. Due to the number of dog bites each year, laws have been enacted to regulate the ownership of dogs and other types of pets in peoples' homes.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that the rate of dog-bite related injuries among children is highest in the 5-9 year old age group. All children should have at least the minimum knowledge of dog bit prevention. Parents should educate their children on how to interact with dogs, and the types of behavior that can provoke a dog to bite. Children should understand how to properly play with dogs, and the proper protocol for when a strange dog is in the vecinity.

Dog bites often occur when a dog is not on a leash or running loose from their owner and/or home. It’s important when letting your dog outside or preparing to go on a walk to have your dog properly secured to its leash and in your control, so there is less room for error. Here are some important safety tips for dog-bite prevention from the CDC:

More Dog Bite Injury Statistics

Here are some more interesting statistics about dog bites written by Chris Davis in his book, When The Dog Bites:

  • According to the American Medical Association, dog bites are the second leading cause of childhood injury, surpassing playground accidents.
  • Dogs not known to the victim account for approximately 10% to 20% of all reported dog bites.
  • In the United States, pit bulls make up 1-3% of the overall dog population but cause more than 50% of serious attacks.
  • The breeds most 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 CDC states that a chained dog is 2.8 times more likely to bite a person than an unchained dog.
  • Dogs that are not spayed or neutered are 3 times more likely to bite a person than those dogs who have been sterilized.
  • 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.
  • a male dog, age 1-5 years old, is more likely to bite someone than a female at any age.

Consulting with an Attorney after a Dog Bite

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a dog bite or animal attack, you may benefit financially from consulting with an experienced dog bite attorney. Pursuing a dog bite claim can be extremely complex and often requires a greater knowledge of the civil legal process.

To schedule a free legal consultation with attorney Chris Davis and have your personal injury case personally reviewed by our award-winning legal team, contact Davis Law Group online here or call our office at 206-727-4000 today.

Chris Davis
Top-rated, award-winning, attorney practicing wrongful death & serious injury law in Seattle.