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Are Certain Dog Breeds More Prone to Bite Than Others?

Studies indicate that some breeds tend to bite more frequently than others. If you or a loved one suffers serious injury from a dog bite, consult our Lompoc dog bite attorneys to find out about the prospects of recovering compensation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected information from various sources about dog bite attacks and fatalities, which included data about the dog’s breed. Information gathering began in 1979 and covered a 20-year span. While there were at least 238 dog bite fatalities reported that involved 25 dog breeds during this 20-year period, pit bulls and Rottweilers accounted for more than half of the 238 deaths. Also, 227 fatality reports revealed the following information:

  • An estimated 55 percent of the dog bite deaths involved unrestrained dogs off the owner’s property
  • Around 17 percent involved dog bite fatalities caused by restrained dogs on the owner’s property
  • Only one percent of the dog bite fatalities resulted from restrained dogs who bit people while off the owner’s property
  • From 1981 to 1992, pit bull type breeds accounted for an estimated one-third of human dog bite related fatalities
  • Between 1993 through 1996, Rottweilers accounted for approximately half of human dog bite-related deaths
  • The majority of dog bite victims were children

The American Veterinarian Medical Association reports that other breeds may also bite and cause fatalities at higher rates than pit bulls and Rottweilers. Sometimes there is a problem determining a dog’s breed, because many are mixed breeds. Of people bitten, those that die are a proportionately small number of people.

If you or a loved one is a dog bite victim, find out how Lompoc injury lawyers can help.

James McKiernan Lawyers has extensive legal experience and offers a free consultation to evaluate your case.

How Do Seatbelts and Airbags Save Lives?

Sometimes knowing about statistics can bring home the reality of how important safety precautions are. We all have heard that seat belts and airbags save lives. But to what extent is this true? San Luis Obispo auto accident lawyers can tell you that while following safety precautions reduces the likelihood of injury in an accident, they also serve another advantage. They frequently influence the court or insurance company’s decision to assign you a lesser percentage of fault for injury.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tracks statistics and evaluates safety measures every year. One of its statistics is estimating how many lives seatbelts and airbags save along with how many lives they could have saved, had people used them. The value in calculating these estimates is that it allows NHTSA to determine the effectiveness of safety devices and laws that enforce their use. NHTSA estimated the following statistics for 2007:

  • Seat belts saved the lives of 15,147 people from ages five and older
  • Frontal air bags saved 2,788 lives of people age 13 and older
  • If people used seat belts 100 percent of the time, they would have saved an additional 5,024 lives

NHTSA also estimates that risks of injury and death reduce by 50 percent when people wear seat belts. The combined use of seat belts and air bags offer adults the greatest protection, but you should use both and not substitute an airbag for a seat belt.

If you or a loved one suffers serious injury in an auto accident, you can discuss your accident with a personal injury attorney in San Luis Obispo free of charge and find out about your rights to recovering compensation.

For more than 30 years, James McKiernan Lawyers has protected people’s rights in auto accident cases and helped them recover damages.


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