Carol Ostrow Jul. 9, 2015, 10:31am


A Mississippi resident filed suit against a Texan claiming negligence in a 2014 collision resulting from the defendant’s purported inability to control his wandering livestock in Jefferson County.

Christopher Carr of Magnolia, Miss. filed a complaint against Michael Lanny of Vidor, Texas, in Jefferson County District Court on July 1, claiming liability in a June 2014 highway mishap caused by free roaming cows.

According to the suit, the defendant breached his duty to control his livestock when several cows belonging to Lanny allegedly appeared in front of the plaintiff’s vehicle as he was traveling on south Highway 87 towards Sabine Pass on or about June 5, 2014, causing Carr to collide with them.

The lawsuit states that as a result of the collision, the plaintiff sustained serious injuries requiring immediate medical treatment and ongoing care. Carr also maintains physical pain, impairment, disability and mental anguish as a direct and proximate consequence of the accident, along with damage to his vehicle.

Alleging negligence, the plaintiff seeks between $100,000 and $200,000 in compensation for damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney’s fees, expenses, and costs. 

The plaintiff is represented by Brent Cordell of Smith & Hassler in Houston.

Jefferson County District Court case number B-197292.

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