A rash of traffic accidents involving cattle this past week has raised awareness of the dangers involved in transporting cattle or not keeping them penned near roadways.

A lawsuit filed this month shows the potential liability this poses for farm owners. A Michigan woman whose car crashed into a cow in 2008 has sued the dairy farm owners who she says failed to keep the cow within a fenced area and off the road, according to The Daily Tribune in Mount Clemens, Mich.  Read more.

In other developments:

  • A semi-trailer truck carrying dairy young stock overturned Tuesday morning on a highway in northern Indiana. Ten animals died in the accident, and authorities had to euthanize three others that suffered broken bones and other debilitating injuries, according to WSBT-TV in Mishawaka, Ind. A portion of State Road 23 was closed for several hours while a sheriff's posse rounded up more than three dozen animals that escaped. Once the animals were rounded up, they were taken to a farm where they will wait to complete their journey to Kansas. Read more.
  • On Monday night, three cows were killed in separate accidents in southern Mississippi. The accidents reportedly occurred after cows got loose and wandered into traffic near Interstate 10. Read more.
  • On Saturday morning, some of the cows being herded in northern California decided to jump a fence separating a field from Highway 99, according to the Chico Enterprise-Record. Four vehicles ended up striking cows, which left several of the animals dead or injured. Read more.
  • Also last weekend, a semi-trailer truck overturned in Colorado, killing an unknown number of cattle. Many of the remaining cows did survive, however, and were transported to nearby fairgrounds. Read more.
  • On Wednesday, a Lexington, Ky., TV station carried a story describing the emotional toll on a family after one of its members was killed in a Sept. 13 car accident involving two cows on the road. Read more.