• September 30, 2022

Driver Injured in Cow vs. Car Accident on Highway 34 in Terrell, TX

Terrell, TX -- September 28, 2022, one person was injured due to an accident where their vehicle crashed into a cow along Highway 34.

Investigators were called out to Highway 34 at around 9:25 p.m. It appears that there was a cow in the roadway as a vehicle approached. The driver did not avoid the cow in time, resulting in a collision. It appears several other vehicles also hit the cow.

One of the drivers involved had to be airlifted from the scene. It's unclear if others were injured. At this time, investigations are ongoing.

Commentary on Cow vs. Car Accident on Highway 34 in Terrell

To some folks, hitting an animal in the road may seem like little more than dumb luck. That may be the case with something like a deer, but cows could actually make things rather complex. That's because this typically happens because a cow wandered off of someone's property. Is the owner of the animal then liable for a crash like this? They just might be.

Terrell, TX Cow vs. Car Accident Injures Driver on Highway 34

Essentially, the law accounts for the fact that animals are not entirely predictable or controllable. Let's say, for example, that a ranch owner has a well maintained fence line keeping animals in. If a storm blows through, knocks over the fence, and allows the animal to escape before the owner has a reasonable chance to see and remedy the issue, the owner likely wouldn't be liable for that.

However, if a livestock owner does not maintain their fence line, has inadequate fencing, or mistaken leaves a gate open which allows an animal to escape, they could be liable for harm resulting from that preventable mistake. Whether or not that happened here will likely require more thorough independent investigations.

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