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Livestock and Animal Collisions

livestock and animal collisions

Farming, ranching and animal breeding is still an important and vital industry in the State of California, but the rapid development of roads, highways, communities and business centers has created many dangerous and hazardous areas which can result in serious car accidents and collisions between animals, such as cows and horses, and motor vehicles.

Cows and horses are large animals often weighing as much, or more than, a small car and a collision with them can result in catastrophic injuries and even death to a vehicle’s occupants.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a large animal and would like to discuss your legal options with an experienced injury attorney, call us for a free consultation at (916) 921-6400. We have resources available to help identify the owner of livestock.

Livestock Owner's Liability

Livestock owners need to control their animals properly so they don't run out onto the roads. Owners need to fence and secure their properties and confine their animals.

Despite that, duty cases involving livestock can be difficult because there is no presumption in California of the livestock owner’s liability simply because there is a car accident caused by an animal.

California Food and Agriculture Code Sections 

Section 16902. Permitting livestock on the highway. 

Section 16904. Presumptions or inferences in actions for motor vehicle collisions with animals.  

History of Cattle Trespassing

For an interesting take on the history of cattle trespassing on highways and the customary way, neighbors handled the problem in the past, see Less Law Than Meets the Eye by Robert C. Ellickson.

Why You Need an Injury Lawyer

It is of utmost importance that an attorney handling these types of cases has investigators, fencing experts, and livestock behavior specialists available so that the evidence of liability and negligence can be quickly established.

Watch the video below for tips on how to avoid animal collisions on the road.

Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer

I'm Ed Smith, a personal injury attorney in Sacramento. I have successfully handled many animal and livestock collision cases. If you would like to discuss your legal options concerning such a case, contact me online or call me at 916.921.6400 or 800.404.5400 for free, friendly advice. 

We are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 5.26.21]

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