Florida: Second most deadly dog attacks on humans in USA
Florida is second only to Texas when it comes to fatal dog attacks on humans, according to a new report.
There were five deadly dog-on-human attacks in Florida in 2014, while Texas had 7 dog-related deaths. North Carolina had three deaths and Alabama and Ohio both had three, according to the news report.
Pit bulls were the primary breed involved in the deaths, making up 74 percent of the total deaths, followed by 4 percent, of Rottweilers, according to the news report.
Women were more likely to be bitten than men, and women ages 50 and over were the most targeted demographic, making up 81 percent of attacks, according to the report. Meanwhile, 19 percent of all attacks involved a child, which is a decrease from 2013, when children were involved in 38 percent of all attacks, the report states.
How to avoid being bitten by a dog
About 4.5 million Americans are bitten by a dog every year, although fatal attacks are very rare, according to an Associated Press news report.
The AP included some helpful tips for what to do and not to do when in a situation with an aggressive dog. These included:
What Not To Do
- Do not approach a dog that is chained or hurt;
- Do not try to flee or yell; stand tall;
- Dogs can be extra protective during feeding times. Do not try to interact with them while eating;
- Do not startle a dog by trying to touch it while it sleeps, especially if you’re not familiar with it;
- Female dogs are very protective of their offspring. Do not attempt to touch a puppy while they are nursing; and
- Do not leave a small child along with a dog.
- Before petting a dog you don’t know, ask the owner if it would be okay to do so. Some dogs are not great in social situations.
- Place your hand out with a closed fist for the dog to sniff it before you begin.
- Stand tall and don’t move if a dog charges at you.
- Always follow local leash regulations in public.
You’ve been bitten and injured by a dog — what are your options?
Whether you’re a postal worker, passerby or invited guest, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim to receive financial compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering.
Florida law (767.04) dictates that dog owners can be held liable for any injuries caused by their dogs in public space or in a private area in which you are not trespassing. The law also covers children ages 6 and under who may wander into another property. In addition, owners can be held liable for indirect injuries, which may result from expired vaccinations for things like rabies.
If you’ve been bitten by a dog in Broward County, Florida, contact the offices of Boone & Davis. We have handled many dog biting and other animal biting cases and have the experience in Florida court to get you the justice you so deserve.