Dog Bite Risks Higher in Some Cities
New results have just been released about the worst cities in the United States for dog bites and dog attacks for workers. According to a recent article from CNNMoney, Los Angeles previously held the title for the city with the most postal worker dog bites in one year. But in 2013, Houston, TX took over the title with 63 postal worker dog bites.
Information from the CDC says that over 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and half of all those injuries happen to children. In 2013, 5500 postal workers were attacked and bitten by dogs, with Houston topping the list for the location with the most injuries. Other cities on the list were Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland and San Diego.
Since last week was Dog Bite Prevention Week, we just wanted to send out a few reminders for keeping you and your loved ones safe, as well as protecting yourself against the liability of a dog bite. While most people believe their dogs are friendly, 4.5 million Americans learned last year, even friendly dogs can be provoked or scared to the point of attacking.
If you are around a dog you do not know, please do not approach the dog or try to pet the dog. Dogs are highly sensitive to strangers, and even though you may not think you are threatening, you are much larger than the dog, and you also bring a host of strange smells with you. Dogs can perceive anything as a threat if they think you are approaching their owner or member of their family that they feel need protected, even kids and small children can pose a threat to a dog. Please remember, no matter how friendly and approachable the dog may seem, don’t approach unfamiliar dogs and wait for a dog owner’s permission before petting or playing with their dog.
When it comes to your dog(s), keep your dogs in your line of vision and/or control when outside, and keep them contained or indoors if you are not able to be physically present. The last thing you want is a small child wandering into your yard to play with your dog, only to find out that your dog has bitten that child. Not only is an injury to a child (or anyone, for that matter) a terrible thing, but as the owner of the dog, you also find yourself in a liable position for the injuries sustained. Keep your dog(s) inside of your home or a fence, and always follow the leash laws.
If you have been attacked by a dog, give the dog bite lawyers of Wagner Reese a call for our assistance. We can be reached 24/7 at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.