When you’re driving at night, you must be paying close attention to your surroundings. It's dark out, animals can jump out at any second, or even the road conditions can make it so your drive is that much more dangerous.

Photo by Vladimir Kudinov on Unsplash
Photo by Vladimir Kudinov on Unsplash

When you are watching out for animals on the road, the big one people look out for is deer. Looking to a study by State Farm, Iowa ranked 7th in the country when it came to animal collisions between July 2019 and June 2020. According to their report, the likelihood of hitting an animal on the road was one in 58.  At that time, the company said there were an estimated 1.5 million deer claims worldwide.

But a collision last night in Northeast Iowa did not involve a deer.

At around 9:45 Thursday night, a collision happened on Highway 9 near Trout Bridge, says a report in Decorah News. However, this collision was not your typical car-on-car crash.

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37-year-old Matthew Siebert of Waukon was driving near Trout Bridge when he collided with a cow. The cow was fully grown, weighing between 1,000 to 1,400 pounds.

Unfortunately, the cow was killed by the impact of the truck. Fortunately, Siebert was not injured in the crash. His vehicle sustained $15,000 in damages.

According to the Decorah News, Deputies say that Siebert is not at fault for the collision.

Liability when it comes to livestock accidents typically varies depending on the state you are in. Other factors typically include owners' land rules, type of roads, and drivers' intent when the cow was hit.

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