Car vs. Cow Accidents on the Increase - New Website Helps Accident Victims Injured in Crashes with Domestic Animals

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Livestock on roadways are likely to cause injury to others and be injured themselves.

"Livestock accidents are amongst the cases most commonly mishandled by
inexperienced attorneys."

Due to the increasing prevalence of injury and fatality due to livestock incidents, The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith has created a new website This site is to intended to help accident victims who are injured when colliding with cows, horses or other domestic animals.

Ranching and livestock breeding are still common commercial activities in California, however increasing residential populations in previously rural areas are creating situations where the mixing of land uses can result in serious motor vehicle vs. livestock collision. Horses, cattle, and other farm and ranch animals are large and heavy, and an impact with one of them can produce very significant injuries to the occupants of a motor vehicle, even death.

The ranchers, farmers and breeders who own these livestock have a legal duty to keep their animals properly controlled so that they do not escape and wander out onto roadways. In most areas, this also includes a legal duty to fence their properties and ensure the fencing is properly maintained so that their animals are restrained from the public highways. Despite these legal obligations, incidents of motor vehicle vs. livestock collision can be difficult to prove, because there is no automatic presumption of the owner’s liability (in California) for damage caused when their stray animals are hit by motor vehicles.

“Livestock accidents are amongst the cases most commonly mishandled by inexperienced attorneys. It is crucial that a lawyer handling these cases has the proper experts immediately available for use, including investigators, fencing experts and animal behaviorists so that the evidence proving negligence can be promptly and solidly established,” said Mr. Smith, who has been a trial attorney since 1982, has a coveted rating of 10.0, has successfully handled many livestock collision cases, and provides free case evaluations for those who have been injured in this type of collision.

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