Insurer Partners with USPS and AVMA during National Dog Bite Prevention Week®
Charlottesville, VA (May 15, 2013) Just like people, dogs have their good days and bad days but for the 4.7 million dog bite victims each year, a dogs bad day can result in serious injury or even death. In 2012, State Farm® had 3,670 dog bite claims and paid more than $108 million as a result of dog bites. This is a slight decrease compared to the number of dog bite claims in 2011 (3,750 claims) and a slight decrease in the amount paid as a result of dog bite claims in 2011 ($109 million).
In North Carolina, State Farm received 88 dog bite claims and paid more than $1.2 million as a result. This is an increase in number and cost, compared to the number of dog bite claims in 2011 (64 claims costing more than $777,000).
North Carolina is No. 13 for number of dog bite claims this year. Last year, North Carolina ranked 18th.
Top 10 States for State Farm Dog Bite Claims in 2012:
|State||Number of Claims||Claims Paid (Estimated)|
|1. California||451||$17.1 million|
|2. Illinois||337||$9.0 million|
|3. Texas||236||$4.3 million|
|4. Ohio||235||$5.0 million|
|5. Pennsylvania||165||$4.5 million|
|6. Michigan||151||$4.6 million|
|7. Indiana||148||$2.7 million|
|8. Florida||123||$7.1 million|
|9. Georgia||121||$17.1 million|
|10. New York||116||$6.4 million|
Because dog bites continue to be a serious health and safety issue, State Farm has joined the National Dog Bite Prevention Week® (May 19-25, 2013) Coalition to reinforce the importance of pet owner responsibility and the need for continued public education regarding dog bite prevention. Consider these alarming statistics provided by National Dog Bite Prevention Week® Coalition members.
As a member of the National Dog Bite Prevention Week® Coalition, State Farm urges caution around all dogs, including family pets. Prevent the Bite and DINOS: Dogs in Need of Space provide posters and safety information to teach children how to correctly approach a dog. The American Humane Association offers a free online booklet called Pet Meets Baby that provides families with valuable information on introducing a new child to a home with a dog. Remember, a responsible dog owner should:
A dogs tendency to bite depends on such factors as heredity, obedience training, socialization, health, and the victims behavior. There are good dogs and bad dogs within every breed, just as there can be responsible and irresponsible owners of each breed. Thats why State Farm does not refuse insurance based on the breed of dog a customer owns. Under the right circumstances, any dog might bite.
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