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Auto Collisions with Livestock


According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri has 4.25 million cattle, 3 million hogs and pigs, 73,000 sheep, and 200,000 equine. Agriculture is, without a doubt, a large part of the state’s economy. However, Missouri also has over 6 million people who travel its busy roads. Sometimes, especially in more rural areas, livestock wander onto those roads and automobile collisions occur. Horses and cows are large animals that can weigh as much as, and even more than, a small car, so the potential for serious injuries to motor vehicle drivers and occupants is high.

If you or a family member has been involved in such a motor vehicle collision, a lawyer who is experienced in auto collisions with livestock can advise you of the next steps to take. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, automobile damage, lost wages, and more.


These types of cases are dictated by Section 270.010 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, commonly known as Missouri’s “stock law.” This law requires that livestock be restrained in proper enclosures. The law further provides that it is unlawful for the owner of certain animals and livestock to permit the animals to run at large outside the enclosure of the owner. The failure of the owner to properly restrain an animal may render the owner liable to pay damages to a person injured in a car accident or otherwise damaged by reason of the animal’s running at large. Portions of Missouri’s stock law can be found by clicking here.

Livestock owners have a duty to make sure that the animals under their care are confined appropriately so that they do not wander into roadways, for example, and cause harmful or deadly auto accidents. However, in rural areas, such collisions are not extremely uncommon. In many of these cases, negligence on the part of the animal’s owner or possessor can be inferred simply by the fact that the animal is loose on the road. A qualified Missouri accident attorney can analyze your case and help you determine what your chances of personal injury recovery under Missouri law might be in such a situation.


John M. Cichelero is an experienced St. Louis area personal injury attorney who can discuss with you what has happened to you and provide you with options for your next steps in the legal process, should you choose to pursue a Missouri personal injury claim. If you choose to work with Mr. Cichelero, your injury claim will be handled on a No Fee if No Recovery basis. You can contact him at 314-205-2886 for a free consultation, or by e-mail here. The office accepts cases throughout Missouri and parts of Illinois. John M. Cichelero accepts cases in the following geographical areas, among others: St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Francois County, Franklin County, Washington County, Lincoln County, Madison County, Kansas City, Jackson County, and Greene County. He also represents clients in Illinois in areas such as Granite City, Alton, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Belleville, O’Fallon, Shiloh, and Fairview Heights.

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