Vehicle Accidents Involving Cattle and Livestock
General overview of this type of incident, what to do if you are involved in this type of incident, and the law regarding cattle and livestock on the road.
Unexpected Animal in the RoadMost drivers in Texas know to be on the lookout for other vehicles while driving on the city*s busy roadways. They even know to watch out for the occasional wild animal such as a deer that might run out in front of their vehicles. However, most drivers are not expecting to top a hill or rounding a curve and have cattle or a flock of sheep standing in the middle of the roadway. If you have been injured in a car accident involving cattle or other livestock, call our office today for a free consultation with Jeff Todd.
BODILY INJURY CLAIM AFTER A CRASH INVOLVING CATTLE OR LIVESTOCKTexas law requires that livestock be confined, and fences confining livestock should be made with sufficient materials. If the owners of livestock willfully allow the livestock to run at large. Accordingly, if the owner knowingly lets the animal out onto the road and a car crashes into the animal, the owner may be held liable for the accident, any property damage done to the car, and any injuries the driver suffers.
WHAT IF THE CATTLE OR LIVESTOCK ESCAPE THEIR ENCLOSURES AND CAUSE AN AUTO ACCIDENT IN TEXAS?Then the accident victim must prove that the owner*s negligence led to the livestock being on the road and causing the crash and resulting injuries. To prove negligence, an injured party must show that the livestock owner owed him a duty of care, that the owner breached that duty of care in some way, that this breach caused injury, and that the victim*s injuries were caused by the breach.
Whether the owner of the livestock was negligent will usually be a factual determination and can vary from case to case. If the owner knew that his fencing was broken or otherwise insufficient, or if he left the gate open or unlocked, then he may be deemed to be negligent and responsible for any auto accidents caused by his livestock being in the road. If there were prior instances of the livestock escaping, then the owner is more likely to be held liable than if this was the first occurrence. If a car accident involving cattle or other livestock occurred because the owner did not promptly capture the animal after it escaped, then the accident victim may be able to prove negligence.
CONSULT ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELYIf you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident involving cattle or other livestock, it is important that you consult with a lawyer in the Houston area who can investigate the circumstances of your case and obtain the factual evidence needed to prove the animal owner*s negligence. An investigation is key in these cases, and the vehicle accident attorneys at the Todd Legal Group have the experience and the resources to properly investigate and develop your case. Let us explain how we can assist you in a personal injury case by contacting us today for a free consultation. You may call us (832) 243-4953 or contact us directly through the form on our site.