Michigan, Indiana both in top 10 states for dog bite claims

According to State Farm claim statistics, both Michigan and Indiana are in the top 10 states for number of dog bite claims last year.

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Dogs are a member of the family, so many owners think that their dog won’t bite.

Unfortunately for the 4.5 million victims of dog bites and attacks each year, this isn’t true.

According to State Farm claim statistics, both Michigan and Indiana are in the top 10 states for number of dog bite claims last year.

Michigan had the 6th most claims: 162 with $3.9 million paid.

Indiana was 8th, with 146 claims and $3.5 million paid out.

Education about responsible pet ownership and how to interact properly with any dog is critically important when it comes to reducing dog bite incidents.

According to well-known dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, “the most effective way to prevent dog bites is not to ban certain breeds of dog, but to raise awareness of canine behavior through education, as well as encouraging responsible dog ownership.”

State Farm does not ask the breed of dog owned when writing or renewing homeowner insurance and does not track the breed of dog involved in dog bite incidents.

Top 15 States for State Farm Dog Bite Claims in 2013

1. California --- 449 claims --- $14.7 million paid
2. Illinois --- 309 claims --- $8.9 million paid
3. Ohio --- 221 claims --- $4.2 million paid
4. Texas --- 207 claims --- $4.0 million paid
5. Pennsylvania --- 180 claims --- $5.8 million paid
6. Michigan --- 162 claims --- $3.9 million paid
7. New York --- 149 claims --- $6.4 million paid
8. Indiana --- 146 claims --- $3.5 million paid
9. Minnesota --- 120 claims --- $4.0 million paid
10. Georgia --- 106 claims --- $2.1 million paid
11. Arizona --- 105 claims --- $2.8 million paid
12. Florida --- 93 claims --- $5.5 million paid
13. Oregon --- 91 claims --- $1.4 million paid
14. Missouri --- 88 claims --- $2.0 million paid
15. New Jersey --- 86 claims --- $4.3 million paid


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