10 States With Most Dog BitesDanielle Sullivan
It’s every owner’s worst nightmare that their dog might actually bite someone. You might recall that it’s not always the big, aggressive dogs that you think which bite people the most. Often, it’s the smaller, tiny dogs that bite.
Either way, dog bites can equal insurance claims. Most dog bite cases end up in civil courts with people suing the owners. Many times, owners will tell people not to pet their dog and they will still do it. I’m not sure I can say that you deserve claim money in those cases.
Insurance companies process a lot of dog bite claims in any given year. State Farm did an analysis and tracked which states receive the most dog bites claim.
Here are the top 10 states for dog bite claims in 2011:
State Number of claims Claims paid (estimated)
1. California 527 $20.3 million
2. Illinois 309 $10.0 million
3. Texas 219 $5.1 million
4. Ohio 215 $5.4 million
5. Pennsylvania 197 $4.9 million
6. Michigan 181 $7.0 million
7. Florida 157 $5.1 million
8. Indiana 139 $3.5 million
9. New York 133 $6.1 million
10. Minnesota 117 $3.5 million
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