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Do Your Cows Get Out in the Middle of the Night? You’ll Want to Read This One!

Author: 
Ashley Newhall

Photo by Edwin Remsberg

This should not be construed as legal advice.

It’s not uncommon to hear about livestock getting out of their pens in the middle of the night.  This story frequently comes up in conversation with agriculture operators in Maryland. It even happened on my family’s dairy farm in Arizona growing up (those dairy cows were smart; they headed straight for the swimming pool in 100 degree heat!).  As funny as these stories can be, sometimes they can cause tragic accidents.  Motor vehicle and livestock (and even wild animal) accidents are a frequent occurrence in Maryland.  As areas throughout the state continue to grow, more traffic is seen in Maryland’s rural areas.  What does this mean for agriculture operators? You might be asking yourself: What happens if a vehicle hits my cow, horse, goat, or the like and someone is injured? Can they sue me?

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