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Texas Dog Bite Laws: The “One Bite” Rule 

By May 31, 2021 Posted in Personal Injury

Consider this scenario: You and your family are taking a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood to enjoy the spring weather. You turn the corner and see a snarling, burly dog lunging at your small child. You instinctively pull your child into your arms and run the other direction, but the dog bites your leg and you fall to the ground. You try to fight the dog off and it continues to lunge at your neck; luckily you are saved by a good samaritan who pulls the dog off, and you wait for animal control and paramedics to arrive. Only when the dog’s microchip is scanned is the owner finally notified of their “missing” dog, who has now attacked two humans in broad daylight. Unfortunately many people are attacked and bitten by dogs everyday, pets whose owners claim could never hurt a fly. Even dogs with pleasant dispositions sometimes act out and bite small children, babies, and other dogs and small pets. Societal attitudes indicate that a dog owner should be responsible for their dog’s actions, but this is not reflected in Texas laws.  What is the One-Bite Rule?  The principle of strict liability dictates that dog owners are liable if their pet (usually dogs) bites or attacks another person or pet. Unfortunately for Texans, the State of Texas does not utilize the principle of strict liability as applied to dog bites. Instead, Texas uses the “one-bite” rule. The one bite rule states that the injured neighbor or passerby must establish […]

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