The sad truth is that nearly one million people end up getting medical care each year in the United States after a dog bite. This does not include the people bitten who do not seek medical care. What’s even worse is the fact that about half of the people bitten by dogs are children. In fact, the highest risk for dog bites is for children between the ages of five and nine.
No one wants to get bitten by a dog but you would hope that if you were, the bite would be on an arm or leg. The bad news is that dog bites on the neck and head are common, especially in children. Keep reading to learn how you can reduce your chance of being bitten by a dog. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for your free legal consultation if you have been bitten.
Know the Law
In California, the owner of a dog is legally responsible for their dog’s behavior even if said owner had no reason to believe their dog was aggressive or likely to bite. Simply owning a dog gives them that responsibility. There are exceptions. For example, if someone was attacking the dog’s owner and the dog bite them, then the owner would not likely be responsible. Likewise, if someone was trespassing on the owner’s property then the owner may not be responsible for their dog’s behavior.
Do Not Approach Dogs You Do Not Know
The best way to prevent a stranger’s dog from biting you is rather simple: Do not approach a dog you do not know. If you see a dog that you don’t know, and that dog is not on a leash or otherwise restrained, avoid the dog. Walk slowly away. Do not run. Avoid eye contact. If you approach someone with a dog, no matter how friendly the dog seems, do not assume it is. Ask before you pet it.
How to Avoid Your Dog Biting Others
If you are going to get a dog, then you must take care to prevent it from biting you or your family and prevent it from biting anyone else. Before choosing a dog, think about what breed is right for your family. This involves thinking about how much space you have, the temperament of certain breeds, and what your local vet recommends.
Then consider your family. Do you have children who are fearful around dogs? Do you have toddlers in the house? If so, you will likely want a dog that is already comfortable around children. Choose a dog that is spayed or neutered as they are generally less aggressive. Then make sure that you have your dog properly trained by the professionals. These steps can significantly reduce the chance of being bitten by your own dog or your dog biting anyone else.