Approximately 30 to 35 fatal dog bite attacks occur in the United States each and every year. In addition to these fatalities, approximately 850,000 dog bite attack victims seek some form of medical attention and 350,000 require emergency room visits each year. In total, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 4.5 million dog bite victims annually in the U.S.
Unfortunately, only 4 out of every 1,000 dog bite victims receive money from homeowners’ insurance companies following a dog bite attack. As the number of dogs in the U.S. and North Carolina continues to increase, both homeowners and dog owners must be aware of the dangers present in dogs in general, in addition to the specific dog breeds that offer added risk.
Dogs offer their owners and families companionship, joy, and boundless love. They have an ability to help teach children responsibility while offering adults friendship and camaraderie. Nevertheless, dogs can be largely unpredictable. Certain dog breeds have a reputation for being more dangerous than others.
While no one can truly predict an attack, being aware of potentially dangerous dogs is beneficial. If you have been injured by a dog attack, a North Carolina dog bite attorney may be able to help you through your case.
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Dangerous Dog Breeds
Dog attacks can happen in an instant. In general, pet-friendly individuals are naturally drawn to bend down and pet a dog without thinking twice about it. While this innocent action may be acceptable in some instances, the unpredictable nature of dogs makes this a risky behavior. Children and adults alike must be well-versed on the proper ways to approach a dog to avoid an attack.
One of the most advantageous techniques to avoid a dog bite attack is to be aware of the specific breeds that present potential danger. The following dog breeds are known unpredictable, dangerous actions:
- Pit Bull
- Saint Bernard
- Siberian Husky
- Chow Chow
- Great Dane
- German Shepard
- Doberman Pincher
- Alaskan Malamute
- Presa Canario
- Staffordshire Terriers
These dog breeds all have a history of attacking. Recent reports have indicated that a dog bite attack occurs every 75 seconds in the United States. While the above dogs may make great pets, being aware of their prospective danger is imperative to protecting others as well as yourself and your family.
If you or a loved one has suffered following a dog bite, a North Carolina dog bite attorney is here to help. Lewis & Keller believes that dog owners must be held liable for the actions of their pets.
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Preventing a Dog Bite Attack
Studies have found that the second most prevalent emergency room treatment in children is in the care for some form of dog attack. As the typical pet in many homes across the United States, children often bend down to pet strange dogs. Unless otherwise instructed, the majority of children will be inclined to reach out to a pet, regardless of whether or not permission was given by the owner.
As a result, dogs feel protective of their territory, owner, etc. and immediately attack. If you are in a situation where you think that a dog may attack, adhere to the following guidelines:
- Do not scream
- Never turn your back to the dog
- Keep as still as possible, any motion may prompt an attack
- Avoid any type of eye contact
- Try to maintain calm with your hands at your side
- Slowly back away from the animal if they are losing interest
- If an attack occurs, immediately “feed” the dog a purse, jacket, or any other material that will prevent the animal from biting you
Dog bite attacks can be terrifying, especially for children. However, preparedness is one of the most valuable lessons that a child can learn. Combining the knowledge of dangerous dog breeds with guidelines to avoid an attack will place everyone in the best position to avoid any violence.
Contact a North Carolina Dog Bite Attorney
At Lewis & Keller, we understand how important dogs are in a family. Both pet owners and pet lovers alike must take specific precautions to avoid a tragedy. If you or a loved one has endured a dog bite attack, a North Carolina dog bite attorney can help you to recover from your losses.
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