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Dog Bite Statistics


  • 42 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2014.
  • Together, pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 74% of the total recorded deaths in 2014.
  • Texas led lethal dog attacks in 2014 with 7 deaths. 86% were attributed to pit bulls.

Source: www.dogsbite.org

Dallas, Texas Dog Bite Lawyers

Unfortunately, Texas is one of the remaining states that follow the “one bite rule” which in essence may allow a dog one “free” bite. Under Texas personal injury law, the victim’s attorney would need to prove that the owner knew the dog had the tendency to be aggressive or knew that the dog had bitten someone in the past. Although dog bite claims can be more difficult to prove due to this law, there are other ways an attorney can hold the dog owner responsible:

  • The incident was caused due to negligent conduct on the part of the person handling the dog, or the dog owner.
  • The incident occurred due to a violation of leash laws in the area or against prohibition of dog trespassing or running at large.

As such, it may still be possible to hold the dog owner responsible and recover financial compensation in a case where the dog had never bitten someone or shown aggressive behavior in the past.

If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, it is crucial that you consult a lawyer at The McLarty Pope Firm. We are here to provide you with the aggressive legal representation you need and deserve in the wake of a serious accident or injury, and your initial consultation with a dog bite lawyer is free. You have the opportunity to learn more about your legal rights and what an experienced legal professional can do to assist you in recovering the monetary damages you need to begin rebuilding and recovering.

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