Antiquated Fence Laws Cause Liability Confusion In Car-Cattle Collisions

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As the population of North Texas has grown, so has the number of car collisions involving stray livestock.

These accidents often cause thousands of dollars in damage and in some cases can be fatal.

(CBS 11)

But determining liability is often difficult and frustrating, especially for those like Kathy Johnston.

Last November, when Johnston heard a knock at her door in the early morning hours, she knew right away what it was about.

Her husband had not come home the night before. No phone calls. No text messages.

“I knew. I just knew,” she said.

Investigators said her husband, Wershiell Johnston, was the passenger in a car traveling on FM 917 in Johnson County when around a corner the driver spotted a horse in middle of the road.

Wershiell Johnston (courtesy: Kathy Johnston)

The driver swerved, lost control, the car flipped, and then stuck a…

Original published: 2019-02-11 21:30:21 Read the full Dallas News here

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