What Are Virginia’s Dog Bite Laws?
While dogs are mostly known to be man’s best friend, some dogs can have aggressive personalities and tendencies to bite or attack others. If you’ve been bitten by another person’s dog, you’re probably wondering what dog bite and dog attack laws there are to protect you in Virginia. As a personal injury attorney who handles dog bite cases, I’m here to help. Virginia Law on Dog Bites Virginia requires dog owners to be aware of their dog’s temperament, nature, and tendencies, and to act responsibly according to those characteristics to prevent dog bites and dog attacks from occurring. This means that an owner of a dog known to be aggressive - especially if the dog is from a breed considered aggressive - is legally expected to act with a higher duty of care than a dog owner who has a lap dog that is docile and calm. Additionally, many of the municipalities in Northern Virginia [...]