Bites by Breed
Although all breed of dogs are capable of biting a person in a given situation, some breeds are statistically proven as more dangerous than others. These bites result in approximately 16 fatalities each year; about 0.0002% of the total number of people bitten. A compilation of statistics originating from the United States and Canada between 1982 and 2011 shows that certain breeds of dogs are more prone to biting people than other breeds.
The three breeds responsible for the vast majority of bites are pit bulls, rottweilers and wolf hybrids. These breeds were responsible for approximately 77% of all dog attacks, additionally accountable for 81% of attacks among adults.
Furthermore, these breeds were responsible for 68% of all fatal dog bites in the U.S. and Canada.
Oddly enough, the breeds that caused the most fatalities were not the same three breeds responsible for most injuries. Full-blooded pit bulls caused the most fatalities during the time period of the studies, with 207 deaths. Rottweilers were second at 78 fatalities, and huskies came in third with 22 Finally, wolf hybrids ranked in fourth with a total of 19 deaths. Other breeds responsible for fatal bites were Bullmastiffs, German shepherds, Akitas, chows and Doberman Pinschers.
Getting a dog owner to accept injury accountability can be an arduous task. In some cases, the victim of a dog bite may have provoked the attack, but when the role of responsibility is skewed, an experienced personal injury attorney can is available for assessment. An experienced attorney can help determine the accountable parties, and assist with the financial compensation process for any damages incurred.
As the following infographic demonstrates, dog bites can prove dangerous, and at times, fatal. In severe circumstances, legal assistance should be pursued in order to settle an injury claim. Attorney services can provide a free consultation, and upon case acceptance, the fees are often on a contingency basis. This means no upfront costs are required to initiate proceedings, and the attorney does not get paid unless the victim receives a settlement or judgment for the sustained injuries.
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