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Free-Roaming Livestock Accidents

Small towns and then suburbs grew up around existing farmland. What were once sparsely traveled rural routes are now busy roads. Sometimes, the juxtaposition of these two worlds causes disastrous results.

Kanoski Bresney has been representing injury victims in central Illinois for more than 40 years. We understand the issues that residents face when farm and livestock owners are negligent. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident or collision with an animal on the road, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses. For a free consultation with an experienced Springfield farm accident lawyer, please call (217) 523-7742 or fill out the form below.

Illinois Regulations on Free-Roaming Livestock

If a farm animal gets loose and wanders onto the road, drivers are at risk for serious injury or wrongful death. A collision with a large animal or a car accident caused by swerving to avoid an animal can be catastrophic. In Illinois, livestock owners may face civil and criminal penalties for damages caused by livestock knowingly allowed to roam freely.

The Illinois Domestic Animals Running at Large Act (510 ILCS 55) prohibits owners from letting livestock run at large. Owners are supposed to provide the necessary restraints to prevent this and may be liable for damages caused by the roaming animal. We will investigate the accident to determine liability.

Under this statute, livestock is defined as cattle, bison, swine, sheep, goats, horses, donkeys and geese.

Contact Our Springfield Office Today

Call our office at (217) 523-7742 to schedule a free consultation with our Illinois free-roaming livestock accident or injury attorneys. We have offices in Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Macomb, Pekin, Quincy, Rushville and Springfield.