How likely are dog bites?

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2022 | Dog Bites

Frightening statistics define the continuing problems of dogs attacking and biting people. As with any severe potential risk, information is power.

According to a study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur annually throughout the United States. At the same time, a vast majority do not require a doctor’s care.

Startling stats regarding canine attacks

Considering the population was approximately 328 million in 2019, canine attacks occurred for one out of 73 people. Eighty-one percent of those result in minor or no injuries. The chances of dying from a dog bite are one out of 112,400.

A common stereotype involves dog attacks against postal employees. More than 5,700 incidents occurred in 2018. Those numbers represent a decline of 1,000 since 2016

Dogs bite for a variety of reasons. Stress and fear are significant motivators, particularly when they are startled. Protecting themselves, their offspring, and their owners can turn a friendly dog into a dangerous animal. Even feeling sick can play a role.

More than 30 breeds and types are linked to dog bite deaths. Size does not matter as chihuahuas, and Jack Russel Terriers are equally prone to attack as Pit bulls and German Shepherds. In the strongest bite category, Kangals carry a PSI of 743. Surprisingly, Rottweillers are at 328.

Research from The Insurance Information Institute reveals that a third of all homeowners insurance claims are the result of dog bites or related injuries. The average claim exceeds $37,000.

The most docile dog can turn violent in a split second. In addition to physical harm, emotional trauma can be equally debilitating. Help from an attorney can help address all issues and hold negligent canine holders accountable.