Nebraska Revised Statute 25-21,274

Chapter 25


Motor vehicle collision with domestic animal; principles applied.

(1) In any civil action brought by the owner, operator, or occupant of a motor vehicle or by his or her personal representative or assignee or by the owner of the livestock for damages resulting from collision of a motor vehicle with any domestic animal or animals on a public highway, the following shall apply:

(a) The plaintiff's burden of proving his or her case shall not shift at any time to the defendant;

(b) The fact of escaped livestock is not, by itself, sufficient to raise an inference of negligence against the defendant; and

(c) The standard of care shall be according to principles of ordinary negligence and shall not be strict or absolute liability.

(2) For purposes of this section, highway and motor vehicle have the same meaning as in section 39-101.


  • This section does not displace the common-law elements of res ipsa loquitur and does not prevent a res ipsa loquitur jury instruction in appropriate circumstances; it simply clarifies that the fact of escaped livestock is, standing alone, insufficient to raise an inference of negligence. McLaughlin Freight Lines v. Gentrup, 281 Neb. 725, 798 N.W.2d 386 (2011).