Millions of dogs are kept as domestic pets in our country, and most of them are loving beasts that wouldn’t harm a fly. However, as dog bite attacks suggest, dogs can turn from docile best friends to savage maneaters, seemingly out of the blue. When a dog listens to its natural instincts due to feeling threatened or when it believes that its territory is being encroached upon, horrific injuries can result. If you or someone you love has been attacked by a dog and sustained injuries, you have a right to collect compensation. SMT Legal has helped thousands of accident victims like you hold the responsible parties in their cases financially accountable for their losses.
Dog Bite Stats
Dog bites make up one of the most common causes of personal injury claims in the U.S. Additional statistics on dog bites include:
- About 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year
- Half of the dog bite fatalities are children under the age of 10
- Approximately 100 children are victims of dog attacks each day
- Each day, approximately 92 out of 100 kids who are bit by dogs require medical attention as a result of the attack
- Approximately 38 fatalities occurred in the U.S. as a result of dog bites in 2012
- According to the American Medical Association, dog bites are the second leading cause of injury during childhood
- Pit bulls are responsible for more than half of serious dog attacks, even though they only make up about 3 percent of the dog population in the U.S.
- Rottweilers and pit bulls are the breed of dog most often involved in fatal dog attacks.
- German Shepherds and Chow Chows are the most common purebred dog breeds involved in biting incidents.
- Homeowner insurers paid over $686 million toward dog bite liability claims in 2017.
- A third of homeowner liability policies’ injury claims are a result of dog attacks.
- Chained dogs are more likely to bite compared to non-chained dogs, according to the CDC.
- Female dogs are less likely to be aggressive and bite than male dogs, especially male dogs between 1 and 5 years od age. This includes all dog breeds.
- Non-fixed dogs are three times to be more aggressive than spayed or neutered dogs.