Accident Involving LivestockAlabama has some pretty old fashioned laws regarding wrecks with livestock involved.These laws come from the days when Alabama was what was known as a "range" state. Since that time, it has been made unlawful for the owner of livestock to voluntarily,negligently or willfully permit such livestock or animal to go upon the premises of another or the roads, highways or streets in the State of Alabama.
Because of that you would think that the owner of the livestock would be responsible for accidents or injuries since he broke the law. However, the Alabama State Legislature has never seen fit to make the owner of livestock truly responsible for damages caused by livestock running at large. Now if livestock eats your crops,fruit trees,ornamental shrubs or flowers the owners of the livestock are absolutely responsible. So if a cow eats your garden the owner of the cow has to pay for the value of your garden.
Livestock owners are not responsible for accident damages to a motor vehicle or an occupant of a motor vehicles injuries resulting from a collision with such livestock unless you can prove that the livestock owner knowingly put the animal on the road or highway where the damage or injury occurred.
So under the Alabama State Code the owner of the cow or animal you hit is not responsible to repair your car or for your medical bills in most cases.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident or suffered injuries in a situation involving livestock,always consult an experienced attorney such as Accident and Injury Lawyers McCutcheon and Hamner to review your case and learn your rights under the law.