About the One-Bite Rule in Texas
According to the One-Bite Rule in Texas, a dog owner is only responsible
for injuries caused by their canine if they knew – or had reason
to know – the dog was capable (and likely) of injuring another person.
In essence, this rule allows dog owners to assume their pets are
not dangerous until the dogs prove otherwise.
Any dog that has acted aggressively in the past is considered risky to
others. In such cases, it’s the owner’s responsibility to
take every action necessary to prevent foreseeable attacks and injuries.
If they fail to do so, they may be held liable for the damages that result.
Past behaviors that might serve as indicators of aggression include but
are not limited to:
- Previous bites
- Fighting or attacking other dogs
- Frightening passersby
- Previous complaints made about the dog
The One-Bite Rule is often mistaken to mean a dog must have previously
bitten another person in order for the current victim to justifiably take
legal action. This, however, is not entirely true. Other, less serious
behaviors are also indications of aggression; thus serving as warning
signs to the dog owner of potentially dangerous behavior from the animal.
At Uvalle Law Firm, PLLC, we can evaluate the dog’s history to determine
if past behaviors should be taken into account in your
personal injury case.