When driving, the possibility of hitting a horse, cow or any other escaped livestock is typically not a concern to the ordinary driver. However, even in today’s society, it is possible for an automobile to collide with an escaped farm animal that roamed onto a major road or highway. This is particularly true in more rural parts of Louisiana where horses, cows, pigs or other escaped livestock may be roaming on major roadways or along highways or the interstate. This is why it’s always important to you’re your eyes on the road while driving, even while driving through the wide-open spaces of rural Louisiana. Tragically, because fully grown farm animals can weigh upwards of 1,000 pounds, colliding with livestock on the road while driving a vehicle can cause life-threatening injuries to an innocent driver and can cost thousands or more in vehicle repairs, medical expenses, or both. When you are in this situation, enlisting a Lafayette automobile accident lawyer at our firm may be critical in asserting your rights.
Louisiana law requires livestock owners to adequately secure their animals. A livestock owner has a duty to ensure that his animals cannot escape his fence, and that livestock owner must undertake reasonable measures to ensure that his fence maintains the requisite strength to keep his animals enclosed. Tragically, when a livestock owner negligently fails to properly secure his animals, a large animal, such as cow or horse, can escape and run into major roads and highways. If a moving car collides with a large, stopped animal on the road, the accident can result in serious injury or even death to the operator of the vehicle. Such an accident can land injured individuals in hospitals, costing the individuals or their families thousands of dollars in medical expenses. Even where the driver does not sustain serious injuries from colliding with a large livestock animal, such a collision will inevitably result in serious damage to a vehicle, costing the owner anywhere from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.
Based in the Lafayette area, the automobile accident attorneys at Broussard & David represents clients injured in automobile accidents with escaped livestock. After a livestock/automobile accident, livestock owners often deny ownership of the animal that caused the accident. Our attorneys have the experience and resources needed to find the negligent owner or caretaker who failed to properly secure his animal and to hold him responsible for your injury.
After a livestock/automobile accident, you and your family may have expensive medical bills for past and future treatment. You might also have lost wages and job opportunities as a result of the accident. Our Lafayette automobile accident attorneys at Broussard & David understand that this is both an emotionally and financially difficult time for you and your family. We will aggressively work with the negligent actor and stubborn insurance companies to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you or a loved one were injured after an automobile collision with a horse, cow or other escaped livestock, call us for a COMPLIMENTARY consultation. For questions, call Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-233-2323 (local). You can also contact us online for answers to your questions or to schedule your consultation with an automobile accident lawyer in the Lafayette area.