In May, the U.S. Postal Service released their statistics for the 2012 U.S. Postal Service Dog Attack City Rankings.State Farm also released their report that ranked cities for dog bites based on how many insurance claims were filed. The hopes of these two studies are so that both cities and states can be aware of the problem at hand and hopefully do something to solve the issue.
For the city ranking, both Cleveland and Dayton were tied for 10th place. In both of these cities, 26 postal workers were attacked by dogs while on the job.
For the state rankings, Ohio was number 4 with 236 claims that were worth $5 million.
There are many different websites that offer dog safety tips to help avoid getting bit. Raising awareness and being educated on dog safety are keys to lower the amount of people injured each year because of dog bites. Here are some of those tips:
- Do not run past a dog. Instinctively dogs will chase something that is running.
- Never disturb a dog that is caring for puppies, sleeping or eating.
- If a dog approaches to sniff you, stay still. Most of the time the dog will go away once they determine you are not a threat.
- If you are threatened by a dog, remain calm. Do not scream or yell. If you must speak, do it calmly and firmly. Avoid eye contact. Stay still until the dog leaves or back away slowly. Do NOT turn and run.
- If you do fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your head and neck. Protect your face.
If you have been injured by a dog and need advice or would like to know more about your legal rights, call our experienced Toledo dog bite attorneys today. You can set up a free legal consultation and request a free copy of The Ohio Dog Bite Book, written by the attorneys at our office.