What Should I Do If I Am Involved in an Accident with Livestock?

Mississippi is a rural state, and as such, it is home to plenty of livestock. This is why accidents between cars and animals are so common. If you have been involved in a car accident with an animal, then you may be entitled to compensation. These cases are legally complex and often difficult to win, but you may be able to recover health-care expenses and lost wages from the animal's owner. A Columbus accident attorney from Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. can evaluate your case to determine if you may have grounds for a claim. Call us today at (601) 869-0696 to schedule a consultation. Unlike a wild animal, such as a deer, horses and cows are usually someone's property as indicated by their branding. If you can determine who owns the animal that was involved in your accident, then you may be able to hold that individual liable for the property damage and any injuries that you sustained. If you were unfortunate enough to have a collision with a farm animal, then it is presumed under Mississippi law that the owner of the animal in question did something wrong. This is, however, a presumption, and you as the claimant have to provide proof of what happened to substantiate your claim. After such an accident, you should try to identify the owner of the animal at the scene of the crash. Look for branding on the animal, and ask the police if they can help you obtain information about the owner.

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