Dog owners sometimes neglect taking necessary precautions to prevent their dog from biting or attacking someone. Animals are sometimes unpredictable and can’t always be controlled, and it is the owner’s responsibility to take reasonable precautions to prevent accidents. Large dogs especially can cause serious injuries or death, because the force of their bites is three times stronger than a human’s.
Statistics About Dog Bites
In the United States each year, there are approximately 1.1 million dog attacks annually requiring medical attention. About 60,000 of these dog bites cause serious injuries, and 40-60 people die each year, with about half of the deaths involving children. Fewer than 1 percent of dog bite victims received any compensation from insurance companies. These statistics are from the National Canine Research Council.
Who Is Responsibility for Animals?
The State of Arizona has strict laws covering attacks by domesticated animals, and places the responsibility for emotional and physical hard on the animal’s owner. An exception would be if the victim was provoking the animal, either intentionally or unintentionally. Although people are not expected to assume any risk when around animals, they should watch for signs of aggressive behavior.
Some Important Tips to Keep In Mind Concerning Dogs
- All breeds can be dangerous in certain circumstances
- Always be alert and look for any sign of aggression before approaching dogs
- Avoid direct eye contact if a dog exhibits signs of aggression
- Stay still and don’t panic
- Back away slowly
- Avoid approaching dogs that are unleashed
- Be alert for signs of undernourishment or mistreatment on a dog
- Always ask the owner before approaching or trying to pet any animal
- Be especially careful around an unfamiliar dog
Free Case Evaluation – Call Mesa Dog Bite Lawyer Nathaniel B. Preston Today
Nathaniel B. Preston (“Nate”) is dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve. Your initial case evaluation is absolutely free and you don’t have to pay a dime unless Nate recovers money for you first.
If you or a friend has suffered some physical or emotional injury from a dog bite in the Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale or greater Phoenix areas, contact Nate today to set up your free initial case evaluation by filling out the online form or by calling 602-833-0933.