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Cows on I-195 in Dartmouth, Traffic Mooving Slowly

Driving is hazardous enough on its own. This is especially true as you get out of the city and go west or north. At that point you start running the risk of hitting deer, bear, or even moose.

But Monday morning on I-195 in Dartmouth, drivers were treated to having the entire right lane being blocked by two bulls that would not move out of the way until the farmer came to the rescue with his trailer, according to the Boston Globe.

Do you think the farmer would have lost more than a cow if someone had hit a bull?

In general, owners of domesticated animals can be held liable for damage caused by their animals, even for cows on I-195 in Dartmouth. This dates back to English law, which held that an owner of livestock is liable for any damage that is caused by the trespassing animals.

This is similar to dog bite laws, which are based on the idea that if a person knows his dog is dangerous, he needs to control it. The basis for all of these laws is the theory of strict liability. Strict liability means there does not need to be a showing of negligence or other wrongdoing to find a person liable.

Here, as seen in this image from WBZ-TV, the cows were certainly not in the right place:

Cows on I-195 (Image from WBZ-TV)

If anyone had hit the bulls, the farmer could have been held liable because the animals are dangerous as is, or because the farmer was arguably negligent in allowing the cows to escape.

Luckily, no one was hurt by the two very large bulls' "mooving violation" on I-195 in Dartmouth. The farmer was probably pretty happy about that because he or she could have lost not only the value of the cow, but could have faced a potential liability lawsuit as well.

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