Speech to Text for Motorcyclist Crashes into a cow, highway 238
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asking, why was that cow on the road? and is it legal for livestock to not be behind a fence in medford. newswatch 12's mari nelson is out live on highway 238 to answer those questions. on social media today i've seen people debating over weather or not the area im standing in right now is open range, or a closed range zone. i turned to the oregon department of agriculture and a local personal injury attorney for answers. [a27]hwy 238 fatal motorcycle v cow crash-pkg tom says "when you have a vehicle versus large animal wreck, it usually means very bad injuries for both, if not death." tom petersen is a personal injury attorney at black chapman petersen and stevens he's dealt with several of these cases before. tom says "sometimes you hear people stories and they generate sympathy but there's no legal liablity. in oregon....three counties are open range counties, meaning that live stock doesn't need to be behind a fence. some are closed-range counties. jackson county, like many others, is both. it just matters where you are. tom says "within the city limits of medford, the greater area of medford, that's closed range area which means that livestock cannot across the roads." take a look at this map i found on the oregon department of agriculture website. the gray area is open range land, where livestock are allowed to roam freely. but the colored ares are livestock districts--where cattle must be kept behind a fence, on the owners property. the highlighted area is the road where coolidge hit the cow--in the medford livestock district. that means, the cow isn't allowed on the road---even if the owner had attempted to fence it in. tom says "cows can actually jump relieve the property owner or th cattle owner from keeping livestock within the bounds that are prescribed." at night, this part of