Am I Legally Responsible If I Run Over Another's Animal While I Am Driving On The Highway?

Most likely not. However, you must use reasonable care to avoid running over any domesticated animal owned by another. Therefore, if it can be proven that you ran over another's animal intentionally or because of the negligent or reckless operation of your motor vehicle there could be liability. Also, if you do run over a domesticated animal on the highway you must make an effort to locate the owner or report the situation to a law enforcement agency. You can be held criminally liable if you run over a domesticated animal and continue on without taking steps to locate the owner or report the incident.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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