Pit bull owners in California may need to be extra careful about displaying better and more responsible dog ownership practices in the future. Farmers Group Inc. has announced that it will no longer cover dog bite attacks involving pit bulls, Rottweilers and wolf hybrids.
According to Farmers as well as many other insurance companies, there has been an increase in the number of bite attacks involving pit bulls and Rottweilers in recent years. There’s also been an increase in the value of the settlements of claims related to these dog bites and insurance companies have had to bear the brunt.
According to Farmer’s, the company analyzed dog bite claim history, and was able to conclude that there were 3 dog breeds that accounted for at least a quarter of all dog bite claims. Not only that, but these breeds were also involved in attacks that were much more vicious, and seemed to result in much more damage and more severe injuries than attacks involving other breeds.
In 2011, according to data from the Insurance Information Institute, insurance companies paid out $480 million to settle dog bite injury claims. That was an increase of 50% over a period of 8 years. In California alone, insurers ended up paying up more than $20 million that same year to settle 527 claims.
Farmers has already begun the process of notifying its dog bite policyholders that it will no longer cover attacks involving pit bulls, not wailers and wolf hybrids. As San Jose dog bite lawyers would have expected, the move has raised plenty of criticism from owners of these breeds.