Accidents involving animals including farm animals and livestock are more common in rural areas of the North Bay area where rural meets city.

The injuries these accidents cause can be very severe, including whiplash, fractures, back and spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and even wrongful death.

WE have represented victims seriously injured when cows and other livestock escaped from their rusted pens or escaped because of inadequate and poorly maintained fencing.

In the North Bay, the Animals Most Commonly Causing Automobile Accidents Due to Owners Negligence:

  • Livestock such as cows, horses, pigs, goats and sheep
  • Household pets such as dogs and cats
  • Wild pigs, deer, mountain lions and coyotes—non domesticated animals

The highly skilled and very experienced premises liability attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC have a long tradition and reputation of helping accident victims restore their lives to normal by filing personal injury lawsuits against negligent animal owners.

Oftentimes farmers and ranchers will not properly maintain their fencing and other barriers which keep their livestock and farm animals separated from transportation hubs and roadways.

Our skilled attorneys and paralegal staff will also help you file the appropriate paperwork to get your own insurance carrier to provide you with any available insurance coverage until your lawsuit is finalized.

The premises liability lawyers at the Fiumara& Milligan Law will help you receive the compensation you need to pay medical bills, make up for lost income, and get the necessary medical care to make a full and speedy recovery.

What Will This Cost You?

Because we work on a purely contingency fee arrangement, we collect no attorneys’ fees unless and until you recover on your claim whether this is by settlement or by jury verdict.  The Law Firm advances all necessary costs and expense to maximize your final award or settlement.

Fiumara & Milligan Law believes in committing substantial resources to thoroughly investigate your case, hire the best experts and recover all necessary expenses to ensure success.

If we win, we recover these costs and expenditures.  If we do not win or we are not successful, you owe Fiumara & Milligan Law nothing.

If A Car Accident Results from Hitting or Colliding with an Animal Belonging to Another Here are the Steps that We Take on Your Behalf:

Often these types of accidents are difficult to prove, especially the swerve incidents where the animal is not injured or harmed.  Therefore, the animal is not at the scene of the accident and a causal connection which would prove liability is missing.  Here are some tips and advice to help prove your case and win damages for you:

Steps To Take

The first thing that we suggest you do after a car accident involving an animal is to check for any injuries to the driver or passengers.  If there are any severe medical injuries, it is advised to call 911 and get immediate medical attention.

The second step is to call the police and have them file a report.  If a domestic animal such as a dog, cat, sheep, horse, cow, pig or other form of livestock is hit or struck, the owner will be notified by the police (or the County’s Animal Control) if their identification or ownership can be determined.

The owner of the animal may have some liability, especially in the case of livestock.  This depends upon whether the owner failed to properly maintain fencing, and other barricades that could have prevented the farm animals from getting onto the roadway.

Notice and previous other documented incidents will make a difference so it is imperative that you speak to an experienced and skilled premises liability attorney from Fiumara & Milligan Law before you speak to any insurance adjuster.

We advise that you examine the animal, however, please be careful when approaching an injured animal.  Notify the police that the animal is still alive when you make your initial phone call to either 911 since they may need to take measures to put the injured animal down or call for veterinarian assistance.


Even though there may eventually be a police report, it is in your best interest to take photographs of the scene and obtain any witness names, contact information and even obtain a written statement if possible, from any of the witnesses at the scene.

This is more important if the animal was not hit but you swerved to miss the animal and caused either property damage or injury to yourself or to your passengers.

We advise you to always take photos of the damage, skid marks and other relevant details of the scene of the accident which may be vitally important later.


Oftentimes insurance companies will get to the scene and try to make an assessment after a car accident with an animal.

This is often due to their desire to find the driver negligent in driving with the absence of either due care, inattention to the road, and weather conditions if applicable at the time.

Having an experienced and highly skilled attorney on your side who will strongly advocate for you and represent your interests to the insurance carrier adjuster is essential.

Significant property damage and/or medical injuries that occur during these types of premises liability accidents must be immediately reported and documented.

In addition, one of our compassionate and experienced personal injury attorneys would be happy to advise you of your options with regard to your probability of success in a lawsuit and how you might best negotiate with the insurance company to get a quick, but full settlement based upon your injuries and property damage.

It is vitally important that you get the professional help that you NEED and deserve.

Please feel free to call us for your free, confidential telephone consult and case evaluation or you may decide to meet us in person at either one of our two conveniently and centrally located offices in either Santa Rosa or San Rafael, California.

The parking is Free, and weekend and evening hours are always available. If you are unable to come to us, we will go to you.


First, we are a full service law firm. We have two paralegals, several legal assistants, we have two convenient offices (real offices). Stress the geographic convenience of having a Sonoma and Marin County location and that both are easy to find with plenty of FREE parking.

Second, how many years have we been around?  No Johnny come lately we have been in operation since 1992! Longevity should count for something!? WE have the resources to pursue your case—hire top notch experts to increase the value of your case.

Third, experience—between Noreen, Michael, Joe and Justin, not even counting Jackie we have more than 60 years of combined personal injury, legal and litigation experience.

Fourth, results count, a proven track record of millions of dollars collected for plaintiffs…look at the PI/ Civil results!

Fifth—WE offer to take the case on a pure contingency fee arrangement

If you or a loved one has experienced or suffered any injury due to animal attacks including dog bites, please feel free to speak to one of our experienced and skilled personal injury attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law for a free and confidential consultation and case evaluation at either the Santa Rosa in Sonoma County at 707-571-8600 or the San Rafael, Marin County office at 415-492-4507.

If you call after hours, please tell one of our helpful operators to connect you to any one of our premises liability lawyers and we will immediately speak with you and help will be on the way.

“The Right Attorney Makes All the Difference.”