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Accidents Involving Animals on the Road

Skilled San Jose Lawyer for Vehicle-Animal Accidents

Car and truck accidents with animals on the road can be devastating to the occupants of vehicles. While there is, of course, concern about the risk of injuring or killing a wild or domestic animal in a collision, there is also a real danger to drivers and passengers of cars that collide with animals or livestock, such as:

  • Cattle (cows, bulls, or calves)
  • Horses
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Deer
  • Wild pigs
  • Other wild animals, such as mountain lions or coyotes

Even smaller creatures, such as raccoons, skunks, turtles, quail, or turkeys can pose a hazard to drivers whose first instinct is to swerve to avoid hitting them.

California Attorney Committed to Identifying the Responsible Parties

If you were injured or if a loved one was killed in California as a result of a collision with a farm animal, such as a cow or horse, or with a companion animal like a dog or cat, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of John J. Garvey, III. Schedule a consultation to learn how we can help determine who the liable parties may be, including property owners, livestock owners, farmers, or government entities.

In one case, a motorcyclist successfully sued the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) after he became a quadriplegic in an accident involving a wild pig on a road that crossed land owned by the state agency. The multimillion-dollar settlement could never adequately compensate the accident victim for his true losses, but it allowed for the accommodations that he needed to cope with his catastrophic injuries. We can help victims address similar situations where state or local government agencies failed to take the proper actions to prevent wild animals from endangering vehicles.

We are prepared to hold ranchers and farmers responsible when improper corralling of farm animals leads to car accidents with livestock on our California roadways in San Benito County or elsewhere. We adeptly handle accidents involving animals on the road, advocating on behalf of those who unfortunately have suffered serious injuries in wrecks caused by livestock or pets.

In cases where no one was at fault for an accident, such as when it was impossible for a driver to avoid a deer that was crossing the road at night, we can help determine what options may be available. In these situations, injury victims may be able to receive uninsured motorist coverage to address their injuries, damage to their vehicle, or other losses. Attorney Garvey can provide guidance on the forms of compensation that may be available after an accident involving an animal, and he will work to ensure that injury victims will have the financial resources they need.

Contact a Santa Clara County Animal Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in an accident involving livestock or any other animal, contact the Law Office of John J. Garvey, III. We will meet with you to discuss your options, and Mr. Garvey will help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions or negligence. Call 408-293-7777 for your free, no-obligation consultation with a San Jose animal accident lawyer. We proudly serve Santa Clara County, San Benito County, and Monterey County, as well as other surrounding counties.

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