One of the most interesting rules is an old English law called the “one bite rule.” This ancient law protected a dog owner from criminal or civil liability/responsibility until the owner had a certain degree of knowledge that his dog is dangerous. Most states have ended the “one bite rule” and now dog owners can be held liable if their dog bites a person and the victim was not trespassing or provoking the dog.
Dog bites occur every day and can vary greatly in severity. The statistics on dog bites as reported by the American Humane Association give a good look at the number of dog bites as well as who is at most risk.
There are some danger signs that every person should be aware of when dealing with strange dogs. It is particularly important to teach children to exercise caution when approaching or trying to handle an unfamiliar dog. There are several factors that are commonly present in dog bite attacks. Usually, there is more than one dog present in the yard without the owner supervising. Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Akitas, and Chows are more frequently involved in attacks than other breeds of dogs. It is important to beware of pack mentality, especially if there are many dangerous dogs in one area. Also, a dog is not necessarily safe just because it is chained up and can still attack if you get too close to them.Precautions to Take When Walking
If you are walking in your neighborhood, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself from attacks and to minimize harm if a dog does decide to attack.
If you have been the victim of a dog bite in Jackson, Mississippi, please contact Coxwell & Associates, PLLC today to schedule a consultation.