Get a Settlement After a Dog Bite
Dog Bites are common and a serious problem for victims. If you’ve suffered a dog bite, you need a strong attorney on your side. The cost of dog bites is estimated to exceed one billion dollars per year. Unfortunately, the problem is steadily growing. The number of dog bite incidents has increased by a third in the last decade while the number of dogs has only increased by 2%.
Sadly, about half the victims are children, with the most likely target being between the ages of 5 and 9. Dog bites are the second most common cause of childhood injury, surpassing playground accidents. The majority of dog bite injuries towards children involved the face and can result in disfigurement.
Dog Bite Laws
According to the law, dog owners are responsible for their dog’s actions and homeowner’s insurance will pay for the damages. Dog bites account for about a third of homeowners’ insurance claims.
Nevada does not have specific dog bite laws in place like many other states. The “one bite free” rule that many states have also does not apply. If a person is attacked by a dog, the victim has the right to sue the dog’s owner for a personal injury. Since most dog bites occur on the property where the dog resides, these cases fall under premise liability.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that at least 16 people die each year from dog bites. Overall, the CDC reports that almost 5,000,000 people are attacked each year by a dog and that almost one—fifth of those bites are serious enough to require intensive medical care. With such staggering facts, it is easy to see why dog bites are taken so seriously.
Remaining Safe Around Strange Animals
It is very important that everyone understands that all dogs can be dangerous. This is especially important to instill in small children who are the most common victim of dog attacks. Everyone should obey the following guidelines when they are around a strange dog:
- Do not quickly approach a dog you do not know. This may seem as if you are attacking the dog and they will react.
- Do not bother a dog that is eating or engaged in another activity. Dogs feel threatened and will “protect” their food or toys.
- Avoid making direct eye contact with an aggressive dog. Dogs find this as a challenge and are more apt to attack.
- Never approach a stray dog.
- Do not try to calm a barking dog
Aggressiveness in a dog is not restricted to any single breed or size of the dog. While some breeds of dogs can be more aggressive by nature, all breeds of dogs can attack if they feel threatened, are inured, or have been abused to the point of aggression.
If you have suffered a dog bite, you should schedule a consultation with a professional dog bite attorney. The injuries you received can often quickly add up to large medical bills and you may suffer other financial issues as a result. If your child was injured there may also be additional emotional harm connected to the attack.
Many insurance companies try to overlook the seriousness of a dog bite. This lack of compassion can further injure the victim. It is important to protect your rights with legal representation.
Missouri Motorcycle Laws
Because motorcycle accidents can lead to traumatic injuries, the state of Missouri has implemented additional laws concerning the operation of motorcycles in the state. All motorcyclists are required to obey all traffic laws in the state just like passenger vehicles. However, the following laws apply additionally to the operation of a motorcycle:
- Motorcycle drivers are required to have a Class M Driver’s license issued by the state of Missouri to operate a motorcycle of any size.
- Motorcycle drivers and their passengers are required to wear helmets at all times when the vehicle is in operation.
- Motorcycle drivers and their passengers are required to wear protective eye wear or face shields unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windshield.
- Motorcycles may not share a lane with another motorcycle or other type of vehicle.
- Motorcycles may not skip through traffic by riding in-between lanes when traffic is stopped.
- Motorcycles must be equipped with at least one headlight. Motorcycles may not have more than two headlights in place.
- Motorcycle lights must be large enough to be seen from a distance of 500 feet.
- Motorcycle brake lights must be bright enough to be seen from a distance of 300 feet.
- Motorcycles must have a rear reflector.
- All motorcycles must have working front and back brakes.
- Every motorcycle manufactured after 1973 must have electric working turn signals on the front and back of the vehicle.
- Motorcycles must be equipped with side view mirrors on both sides of the bike.
- Motorcycles must have fenders over the rear and front wheels.
- Every motorcycle must have a horn and a muffler system.
In addition to these safety laws, it is important for drivers of motorcycles and all passenger vehicles to respect the rules of the road. By taking the time to drive carefully around each other, many motorcycle accidents can be avoided.
Dog Bites – Free Consultation
If you or someone you know in the Kansas City area has been injured by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation. Troy J. Leavitt Law Firm, LLC to help dog bite victims like you through the legal process. Call us at (816) 228-6000, or complete our online evaluation form here. We will evaluate your claim free of charge and help you collect the compensation you deserve.