Dog Bite Statistics

  • Each day, about 1,000 United States citizens require emergency care treatment for dog bite injury.
  • An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year and nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical care.
  • Approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs, 94% of which were not neutered.
  • Approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks involved chained dogs.
  • Approximately 71% of dog bites occur to the extremities such as the arms, legs, hands, and feet.
  • Approximately two-thirds of bites occurred on or near the victim’s property, and most victims knew the dog.
  • Insurance companies pay more than $1 billion in dog bite claims each year.
  • The U.S. Postal Service tracks dog bites against carriers and typically reports around 3,000 incidences annually.
  • States that have the “one free bite” law include: Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Vermont.

Children and Dog Bites

  • The Center of Disease Control and Prevention estimates half of all children 12 years-of-age and under have been bitten by a dog.  In many cases, teasing or an unintentional provocation, such as approaching a dog while it’s eating or sleeping, can lead to a dog bite or even worse, an attack.
  • 79% of fatal dog attacks are on children.
  • Over 87% of dog bite fatalities involving children occurred when the child was left unsupervised with a dog or the child wandered off to the location of the dog.
  • Unsupervised newborns were 370 times more likely than an adult to be killed by a dog.
  • 82 % of dog bites treated in the emergency room involved children under 15 years old.
  • Bite rates are dramatically higher among children who are 5 to 9 years old.
  • 65% of bites occur in children to the head and neck.
  • Boys under the age of 15 years old are bitten more often than girls of the same age.
  • Children under the age of 14 are at heightened risk for dog bite injuries.  Whether this is because their size makes it difficult for them to fend off dogs or whether young kids tend to be more rambunctious around dogs is a matter of debate.

Types of Breeds and Dog Bites

A study was done by from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2008 and analyzed data gathered from 88 dog bite incidences that caused death to a U.S. citizen.  The study was done to determine what breeds of dogs were the leading cause of injury or in this case death.  The report concluded that 19 dog breeds contributed to 88 fatalities.

  • Pit bulls accounted for 59% of these deaths, the second leading breed, rottweilers, accounted for 14%.
  • Pit bulls were responsible for 81% of dog bite attacks that occurred off owner property.
  • Pit bulls are also more likely to kill an adult than a child.

Other leading dog breeds that cause injury or death include:

  • Rottweiler
  • Husky
  • Wolf hybrid
  • Bulmastiff
  • German shepherd
  • German shepherd-mix
  • Pit bull-mix
  • Akita
  • Chow
  • Doberman

Dog bite injuries can often cause many frustrations.  Medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses pile up quickly.  If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite, please contact the Liljegren Law Group today at 760-613-9906 to speak with an experienced California dog bite attorney and to ensure that your legal rights are protected.  Call us today for a free legal consultation.  We serve all of California and have offices conveniently located in Escondido, Oceanside, Temecula, San Marcos, La Mesa, Huntington Beach, Palm Desert, and Big Bear.

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