What is the one bite free rule?



The "one bite free rule" plays a part in determining a pet owner's liability when their dog bites another person. This rule applies to all domestic animals, not just dogs. Less than half of the states in the US still follow this rule, but Texas is one of these states.

If a dog bites you and it has been determined that it has bitten someone else before, this is pretty much a slam dunk in court. It shows that this animal is known to be dangerous and they were pardoned after their "one free bite."

If a dog has not bitten someone else before, you still have options for winning your case. The "one bite free rule" doesn't mean a pet owner will get off without any consequences if you were the first person a dog has attacked. Your Texas dog bite attorney will work to find out if:

  • The dog owner was negligent when it came to controlling their pet.

  • The dog owner knew their dog had the ability to be dangerous to others.

  • The dog was already known to snap at people.

  • The dog was trained to be a guard dog or attack dog of some sort.

It is important for you to work with your lawyer to find any evidence that although this dog has never bitten before, the owner did act negligently in some way. Contact experienced Austin dog bite lawyer Earl Straight for your free consultation at 512-454-1331.