Athletes whose sport takes them outdoors — runners, walkers, roller bladers, bikers, etc. — must contend with uncertainties in weather, trail or road conditions, etc. One thing they should not have to deal with is dogs on the loose.
Unleashed dogs can pose a danger through bites, attacks, collisions, etc.. Virginia dog attack attorney Doug Landau has represented many clients who have been victims of dog bites, or who have been chased by or knocked down by a dog while outside running, biking, walking, etc. Read more.
The good news for athletes is that most states, including Virginia, have “leash laws” which require dogs to be on a leash when off private property. In Virginia, not only does each county and municipality have its own “leash laws”, but there are also rules about what kinds of leashes can be used.
So, if you are ever injured as a result of a bite, knock-over or other attack, the animal’s owner can be liable — sometimes even if the dog was on a leash.
If you or someone you know or care for has been injured as the result of a dog bite or other animal attack, and there are questions about what laws apply, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once.