How to Avoid Dog Bites This Summer

Dog Bites | Mike Lewis Attorneys

It is hard to remember sometimes that your pets, in addition to being members of the family, are still animals, and if your dog bites someone, you are usually responsible for it. Depending on the severity of the bite, you could also be due for some serious legal action that could otherwise have been avoided. More specifically, being a responsible dog owner means you should always be taking preventative measures to protect others from potential dog bites.

Your local and state laws could also have much to say on what you are and are not liable for should your dog attack another person. If you are curious about the possible legal repercussions of a dog bite this summer, you may want to see how Mike Lewis Attorneys can help.

What Is the Law in Your State?

Whenever your dog injures someone else, according to most states, you are responsible for the act as well as any damages it may have caused. These are known as strict liability statutes, and they can make life very difficult on dog owners. That being said, many of these laws, while tough, can protect you if the injured person, for example, trespassed on your property or antagonized your dog in any way. If you can prove either of these things, you might be able to deny liability.

There are also a couple states that do not impose strict liability statutes, leaning instead on owner negligence or violations of public leash laws to prove fault. This is why it is always a good idea to check the laws specific to your area.

Ways to Prevent Dog Bites

There are actually many ways to keep your dog from biting someone, and one of the best ways is by visiting with your local humane society and seeing what kinds of training classes might be available. It might even just be a question of, if not training, then personality, so you should try to socialize your dog as much as possible in local pet parks. Spaying and neutering your dog could also go a long way in curtailing future dog bites.

Purchase an Insurance Policy

Say you have checked in with the local humane society and taken classes, yet your dog still has a tendency to snap at people. In this case, it might be best to look into insurance policy options that could protect you should your dog bite anyone. Checking with a trained legal attorney in this situation is advised.

Learn More About How to Prevent Dog Bites

Things are not looking good for you should your dog bite someone else, and since many states impose strict liability statutes, avoiding a lawsuit could be impossible. Fortunately, there are many resources at your disposal to help prevent future dog bites, and the team at Mike Lewis Attorneys wants to point you in that direction.

Should you have any further questions about how to prevent dog bites or if you have any general questions on the legal process involved, get in touch with one of our representatives today to see what we can do for you.

Call 866-299-1769 or use the Free Case Evaluation form to schedule a free consultation.
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