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Dogs in the United States and especially the state of Illinois are unfortunately involved in far too many incidents of dog bites. The dog bite injury statistics around them are alarming, as well as upsetting. Most dog bites result in minor injuries, but some may result in serious injuries, and possibly long-term harm and in some cases, death. Illinois dog bite laws allow owners to be held responsible for any injuries caused by their dogs.
Dog bites can result in severe injuries, especially if the victims are vulnerable, like children or the elderly. In fact, children constitute some of the most frequent victims of dog bites across Illinois and the United States. The kinds of injuries that can result in a typical dog bite include nerve damage, puncture wounds, and scarring.
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about dog bites and the statistics around them.
Dogs that bite the most often:
According to the Canine Journal, there are over 4.5 million dog bites each year
Dog bite force is measured in pounds per square inch, also known as PSI. It is not easy to say exactly which dog breed has the strongest bit force. It will vary according to breed and the circumstances and upbringing of the dog. Most lists of the top ten dogs by bite force will look something like this:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, germs can be spread from even the simplest bites or scratches, even if the wound seems insignificant.
If a bite from a dog occurs, you should—