BE AWARE OF THE DOG! AS THE GOVERNMENT CRACKS DOWN ON DANGEROUS DOGS, RESEARCH REVEALS ALMOST A THIRD OF BRITS HAVE BEEN BITTEN.
29% of Brits have been bitten by a dog
3.5% of those have been bitten more than once
Most likely to be bitten in Cardiff, Bristol, Edinburgh or Birmingham
Least likely to be bitten in Norwich, Nottingham and London
As the Government announces plans to tackle the number of dog attacks in the UK, new research* by Personal Injury law specialist First4lawyers reveals almost a third (29%) of Brits have been bitten by a dog, with an unlucky 3.5 per cent of those having been bitten more than once.
It’s not always the dogs you’d expect to bite that do either. Alsatians are the dogs we’re most likely to be bitten by, with 16% of those surveyed having suffered a bite from the breed. These are followed by Jack Russells, who account for 13 per cent of bites and Yorkshire Terriers, who account for 8 per cent. A further 7 per cent have been bitten by a mongrel.
The research also revealed we’re most likely to be bitten in the street, with 24 per cent of those bitten having received theirs there. This is followed by our own home (22%), friends’ houses (16%) and the park (8%).
Where we live also plays a part in whether we’re more or less likely to be bitten. Cardiff is the dog bite capital of the UK, with 40 per cent of people from there admitting to having been bitten. This if followed by Bristol (34%) and Edinburgh and Birmingham (both 33%).
Cities where you’re least likely to be bitten are Norwich and Nottingham, where just 17 per cent of people have received a dog bite and London, where the figure stands at 20 per cent.
A First4lawyers spokesperson said: “Being bitten by a dog is a very unnerving experience, which can cause serious injury.
“Although most dogs are friendly and well behaved, our research demonstrates that you do need to remember to take care around them. If you are unlucky enough to suffer from a bite, then you need to get the proper medical attention required and ensure you get the owners full contact details.”
First4lawyers is one of the UK’s leading companies that provides marketing and legal services to solicitors specialising in Personal Injury law and represents over 30 law firms across the UK.
If a consumer has sustained an injury from an accident which was someone else’s fault First4lawyers will put them in touch with a specialist solicitor so they can seek redress for the personal injury they have sustained.
First4lawyers is authorised by The Claims Management Regulator in respect of regulated claims management activities and is a registered company, incorporated in the UK.