Many of us enjoy cuddling up with our pets of an evening, but not all animals are affectionate and loyal. Animal attacks are more common than you may think and hundreds of people in the UK receive treatment for bites, stings and scratches every year. Many more receive treatment as a result of road accidents involving animals.
What is the UK’s deadliest animal?
When you think of the species on view in the UK, you may be hard-pushed to guess the deadliest. Figures from the UK Deer Association claim that every year 10 humans are killed and many more injured as a result of accidents on the road involving deer, the UK’s largest land mammal. Other animals that often cause collisions include badgers, foxes, cats and rabbits.
Dogs can also be thrown into the debate and you may be aware of dog attacks involving children if you have read the newspapers over the course of the last few months. Dog bites are painful, but a full-blown dog attack can be fatal. According to the RSPCA, 16 people have been killed by dogs since 2005.
Animal attacks: How to reduce your risk
Many people may assume that sharks are the deadliest animal on the planet but there is a much higher risk of animal attacks much closer to home. In fact, you have more chance of being killed by deer, dogs, bees, jellyfish, ants, cows, horses and spiders than a shark.
Here are some ways to reduce the risk of animal attacks:
- research the area you are planning to visit
- do not do anything that will aggravate the animal or draw attention to yourself
- respect the animal
- take supplies with you, such as a first aid kit and clean water
- ask local guides or rangers for advice and make sure you heed their warnings
- know your limits
Claiming for a road traffic accident
If you’ve been involved in a car crash in the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible for road traffic accident compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline today to find out if you have a claim.
Their expert team has experience in handling a broad spectrum of claims, from industrial deafness claims and work accident claims to uninsured driver claims and slip, trip and fall compensation.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 8, 2013
Author: David Brown