As the saying goes, a dog is a man’s best friend. This may be true for the dog owner; however, for a stranger coming in contact with a dog, this may not be the case. Because dogs can be unpredictable, even a calm, kind and obedient dog could sudden show aggression toward another adult or child. Thus, dog owners should always be cautious about the possibility of a dog bite, as this could cause serious injuries to another and result in liabilities for the dog owner.
Dog bite laws in Utah
With regards to dog bites, the state of Utah follows the strict liability standards. This means that dog owners are held liable for any injures caused by the dog. Furthermore, this means that the dog owner does not need to be aware of their dog’ dangerous propensities. Thus, even if the dog has never been aggressive in the past or has ever bite any one. This also means that the injured party does not need to prove that the dog was vicious or that the owner had knowledge that their dog was vicious.
Attacks involving more than one dog
If a victim suffered injuries in a dog attack that involved two or more dogs that have different owners, all owners can be held jointly liable. In these cases, the dog owners will be severally liable, which means that if one dog caused more harm and damages, than that owner will be held liable at a higher extent. For example, if it is deemed one dog caused 80% of the injuries than the owner will be responsible for 80% of the damages.
Taking legal action
A dog bite can cause serious injuries, costing a victim not only medical bills but also damages when it comes to emotional and mental trauma. Thus, those that fall victim to a dog bite or attack should understand their rights. Filing a civil action against a dog owner not only places liability on the dog owner but also helps the injured victim recover compensation for the harms and damages suffered.