Haleyville, AL asked in Agricultural Law, Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Alabama

Q: My neighbors have a lot of cows and they are out all the time. So i hit one so I am responsible?

We are on a busy highway and the cows get out all the time especially lately. I hit one the other night 2 were out. He knows they are always out how does he not have to pay for the damages. They are his they are not wild animals.

1 Lawyer Answer
Hunter Garnett
Hunter Garnett
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Licensed in Alabama

A: Generally, farmers aren’t liable for personal injuries caused when their cows get out if they have proper fencing. However, there are occasionally exceptions. You should contact a lawyer, especially if you have serious personal injuries.

Here’s the statutes on this issue:

Ala Code 3-4-6

If any trespass or damage is done by any animal breaking into lands not enclosed by a lawful fence as defined in this chapter, the owner shall not be liable therefor.

Ala Code 3-4-3

A fence made of three or more wires securely fastened to trees or posts not more than eight feet apart, the wires being not more than 15 inches apart and the top wire at least four feet from the ground, shall be a lawful fence so far as concerns equine or equidae and cattle.

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