Last year, State Farm compiled a report ranking the top ten states in the US based on personal injury claims involving dog bite cases leading up to 2013. In the year prior, State Farm reported a total of 123 dog bite claims and payouts near $7.1 million in the state of Florida. These figures placed at number 8 out of all states in the US. California topped the dog bite claims list at number one, followed by Illinois and Texas. The full top-ten list can be seen below. In total, State Farm paid out just over $108 million in dog bite claims in 2012.
Dog Bite Statistics
State Farm says its date indicates there are more than 4.7 million dog bites in the US every year. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) estimates the American dog population was approximately 70 million at the end of 2011, down from roughly 72 million in 2006. However, the number of dog bite incidents hasn’t decreased at all.
Safety Tips to Help Children Avoid Dog Bites
The US Center for Disease Control and Injury Prevention recommends that parents teach children basic safety habits for encountering dogs. Safety tips should be reviewed and reinforced on a regular basis:
American Humane Society
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