Dog Bite Attack Statistics & Prevention
With National Dog Bite Prevention Week just around the corner, the U.S. Postal Service just released its statistics from 2012 regarding dog attacks on postal service employees.
The city with the most dog bite attacks on letter carriers is Los Angeles, California. The city had a total of 69 dog bites during the 2012 fiscal year. The city ranked second for dog bites is San Antonio with 42 dog bite attacks, quite a bit of a drop from L.A.’s 69.
Nationwide there were over 1,000 letter carriers that had been attacked by a dog in 2012. Some cities with the highest attacks include of course L.A. and San Antonio, along with Seattle and Chicago with over 40 attacks throughout the year. Cleveland and Dayton were included in the top 15 cities for dog bite attacks with unspecified numbers available within our source.
Attacks in the Spring and Summer
Now is the time of year in which more dog bite attacks occur as the weather gets warmer and more dogs and people are spending time outside. Also, if a dog is not spayed or neutered, it may act differently because it is breeding season. Female dogs roam the yards and streets while males may jump at any opportunity to procreate.
Prevent Dog Bite Attacks
Dog bite attacks can easily be prevented by the owner. In terms of letter carrier attacks, the owner should confine the dog when the mail is delivered, especially if the dog has shown previous signs of aggression. Owners should also maintain fences and latches so dogs are not able to escape.
Owners are legally responsible for harm that their dog causes to another individual. It is important to ensure that as an owner, a person does everything they can to prevent such occurrences.
Contact a Dog Bite Attorney
If you’ve been attacked by a dog and have been seriously injured, you have legal rights. Contact our dog bite attorneys today to start the claims process. If this attack has caused you serious harm and has disrupted your life, you deserve compensation. Let us help you.