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Jun

Handy Law advice on how to defend yourself against an animal attack.

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Consider this scenario for a moment. You are walking home, after a long day’s work when you notice that on the sidewalk is a dog walking toward you weirdly, baring it’s teeth. You begin to back away, and then run. BAM! The dog chases you, knocking you to the floor. What do you do?

In another scenario, you are hiking along a wooded path near your home when you spot what appears to be a very large dog. It is a cougar, You are alone, and it is staring you down along the path. What do you do?

And for a final scenario, imagine yourself driving when you hit something. While your car is totalled, you seem to be okay. However, your car is now dead and you can’t see the animal that you hit. Is it okay?

Between dog bites, wild animal attacks, and car-accidents involving animals, many lives are claimed each year. And while learning about how to defend against these scenario’s may not be enough to save your life should one of these events befall you, it just might make the difference.

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  1. The dog attack.

    If you haven’t been knocked down or otherwise incapacitated/bitten by the dog, try to act big and intimidating, dogs are more likely to run with their tails between their legs than actually attack you if they feel legitimately threatened. Still, there is the chance that the dog isn’t afraid of you.

    If you are rushed by a big dog (small dogs present less of a threat, and can be manhandled by most) Rather than take the rush head on, take one step to the side so that one shoulder is facing the dog and use that arm to defend. The dog will likely bite your arm as it is closest to it. If it goes for the legs, even better, as now you have both arms to defend yourself. There are many breeds of dogs which don’t let go after biting, so don’t try to pry the dog’s jaws free, instead, if you can, use your arm to defend your body from harm and grab it’s eyes. Forcefully push your thumb and forefinger into the dog's eyes until it lets go. If this doesn’t work, continue to push until the dog has been blinded, the pain will likely dissuade the animal and it may begin to try to flee, it is likely in your best interest to let this happen and seek medical attention. If the animal continues to attack, and is stronger than you, continue to yell and make noise while attacking it’s sensitive areas (eyes, nose, stomach) all the while defending with your bitten arm.


  2. The wild-animal attack.

    This one is a bit harder to defend against, because it depends greatly upon the attacking animal. A grizzly isn’t going to be beaten by a human, and if you try to fight you may make it worse. Meanwhile it is always better to forcefully fight against a cougar or black bear. For tips on defending oneself against wild animals, look here.

  3. I just hit something! Don’t panic. Is your car okay? If so, pull a distance away and park, call the police and wait at the scene. If you don’t have a phone, leave your hazard lights and headlights on. DO NOT APPROACH THE ANIMAL. Along many major roads there are phones that can be used for emergency calls Find one and use it to call the police if you can do so safely, otherwise, wait.
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24
Jun

Car Auto Accident Specialists Handy Law: The Dangers of Summer Driving

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Summer’s here folks, and it’s a great time to be out and about. But did you know that the summer months are also the most dangerous for drivers? According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), August had the highest number of fatal car accidents of any month in 2013; a combined total of 3,136. In July and September, of that same year, there were over 2,900 fatal car accidents each.

So why is summer the deadliest season to drive? We’ve compiled a list to help you to recognize (and avoid) some of the present summertime dangers.

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20
Jun

Car Auto Accident Specialists Handy Law’s 5 Handy Tips to Driving Safer During The Summer

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If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll know that the deadliest season to drive, is near the end of summer. This happens for a variety of reasons: more people traveling, more tire blowouts due to heat, more construction, more bicyclists, and more potholes (The list goes on). We came up with some handy tips to help you avoid becoming a summertime statistic.

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02
Jun

Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Utah’s Guide 5 Tips to Help You Become Safer as a Pedestrian

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Walking is healthy, and a cheaper option for those who either don’t need to, or can’t afford to drive everywhere. In all States in the U.S. Pedestrians have the right-of-way in most circumstances, but just because you have the ability to legally cross the street in front of fast moving cars, doesn’t mean that you necessarily should.

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02
Jun

Personal Injury Attorney Handy Handy Law: 5 Handy Tips Toward a Safer Biking Experience

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If you’re like one of millions of Americans who bike to work each day, then it is very likely that you already know the dangers of biking around heavy traffic. Here are 5 tips to help keep your biking experience a safe one.

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