Dog Bite Statistics

America is a country of dog lovers. There are approximately 83 million canines living in the United States and almost 57 million households have dogs. These pets can be wonderful companions, but they can also hurt people and even kill them. Roughly 4.7 million people in the U.S. are bitten by canines every year, which represents about 1.5 percent of the population. Close to 20 percent of dog bite incidents are severe enough to require medical treatment. In order to adequately protect their financial interests, dog owners should purchase dog bite insurance.

Growing Numbers

Dog bite accidents are on the rise. From 1993 to 2008, there was an 86 percent increase in the number of people who were hospitalized because they were attacked by a dog. In 1993, 5,100 people ended up in the hospital because they had been bitten and in 2008 the number was 9,500. The per patient treatment cost was $18,200.

Most Likely Victims

Children under the age of five and the elderly are the most likely age groups to be bitten by dogs. Mail carriers are another risk group and 5,900 were bitten in 2012. More postal carriers are attacked in Los Angeles than any other place in the country.

More and more people are getting bitten by canines every year. If you are dog owner, dog bite insurance can help shield you from dog bite liabilities.