According to the CDC, there are more than 4.7 million dog bite cases each year in the United States. This statistic is quite alarming, but luckily there are many simple things you can do to limit your risk of being a dog bite victim. Here are just a few of them:
- If an unfamiliar dog approaches you, do not run away or yell at the dog. Stand your ground and avoid making eye contact with the dog. Hopefully, the dog will walk away from you after a few seconds without any conflict.
- If you or a loved one is knocked down by a dog, assume the fetal position – curl up into a ball, cover your neck and remain quiet and still. Doing so will likely cause the dog to lose interest and leave the area.
- If a dog attacks, throw it a jacket, bag or any other object you are carrying/wearing. This will give the dog something else to bite and put an object between you and the dog.
- Never let a child pet a dog that is behind a fence or in a car, as dogs often get defensive in their own territory and may bite in an attempt to protect their space.
- Never approach a dog that is growling, barking, or frightened. You should also never pet a dog that is sleeping, eating, or nursing its young.
- Always ask a dog’s owner if it is okay to pet before approaching the dog. If the dog is friendly, start by letting it sniff your hand. Then you can move on to petting its head and back, as long as the dog doesn’t show any signs of aggression.
By following these tips, you can help keep you and your family safe from dog attacks
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In the event that you or someone you love is bitten or attacked by a dog, you’ll need a qualified Bucks County dog bite attorney to defend you. Whether your injuries are minor or major, our experienced dog bite lawyer in Bucks County will sit down with you to discuss the details of your case, including what your case may be worth and how much compensation you may be owed for your injuries.
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