Tips to Avoid New Jersey Dog Bite Accidents

New Jersey dog bite accidents can result in devastating injuries. Victims of New Jersey dog attacks often suffer severe physical, mental and financial burdens. It is impossible to prevent all dog bite injuries, but there are steps that individuals can take to help in New Jersey dog attack prevention. These tips are applicable for children and adults alike.

  • First of all, it is never a good idea to approach an unleashed dog, especially one with which you are unfamiliar. Even if the dog seems “gentle” or “harmless,” there is the potential that it is hungry or scared.
  • If the dog begins to approach you, it is not in your best interest to scream or run. Instead, it is safer to be still like a tree. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends “lying like a log” if the dog knocks you to the ground. It may also be in your best interest to avoid eye contact.
  • Dogs should never be interrupted while sleeping or eating. Even normally safe pets can lash out if they feel startled or threatened.
  • Dogs that are caring for puppies should also be left alone.
  • If you intend to pet a dog, you should first give the animal ample time to sniff your hand.

The experienced dog bite injury lawyers in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein serve all of New Jersey. We help injured victims of dog attacks get the compensation they need for medical bills, surgeries, lost earnings and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a New Jersey dog attack, please call us at 609-240-0040 to better understand your legal rights and options.