North Carolina Dog Bite Lawyer Discusses 2011 Fatal Dog Attack Statistics

Some might consider the dog man’s best friend, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at this year’s fatal dog bite statistics, according to non-profit organization While millions of people across the United States are confronted by dangerous and aggressive dogs each year, and while hundreds suffer permanent and life-threatening injuries, dozens die as a result of a dog mauling.

Let’s take a closer look at the 2011 deadly dog attack statistics:
  • 31 people were killed in dog attacks in 2011 in America – not counting dog-bite victims who died of medical issues resulting from a dog attack. 
  • Two people in North Carolina were killed in dog attacks last year. 
  • 22 fatal dog attacks across the country involved a pit bull or a pit bull mix. 
  • Four of the fatal dog attacks involved Rottweilers. 
  • A historically disproportionate number of dog-attack death involved adult victims as opposed to children victims. 
  • Only 13 of the 31 fatal dog bite victims were under the age of eleven. 
  • 39 percent of fatal dog attacks involved multiple dogs. 
  • Eight people killed in dog attacks last years were pit bull owners killed by their own pets. 
  • Two of the dog attacks involved tethered dogs. 
  • Three out of four dog attacks occurred on the dog owner’s property. 
  • Nine of the fatal dog attacks resulted in criminal charges against the owner of the dog. 
  • Pit bulls are now currently banned in 650 cities in the United States.

What can we learn from these shocking statistics and tragic stories? It is hard to ignore the fact that pit bulls were involved in a majority of the fatal dog attacks in 2011, though it is difficult to say whether this is a result of the breed itself, those who own pit bulls, or the environment surrounding pit bulls. It is also interesting to see that most fatal dog attacks take place on the dog owner’s property, and most involve family dogs.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a North Carolina dog attack, it is important to speak to a Raleigh dog bite attorney about the details of your case to ensure you receive fair compensation. Call Brent Adams and Associates today at 800.849.5931 to set up a free, confidential appointment.