Farming Is a Dangerous Job
Farmers feed America. Everyone knows that farmers work hard, and it’s also a very dangerous job. Farming is classified as a high-risk occupation, and working with farm equipment is the most hazardous part of the job. In fact, tractor accidents cause about 130 deaths every year.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a tractor accident while working on a farm in Dallas, contact The Lenahan Law Firm today by calling (214) 295-1008 for a FREE consultation. We have recovered millions of dollars in settlements for people whose injuries were caused by some else’s negligence.
What Are Some Common Tractor Accidents?
There are many ways people can get hurt in tractor accidents. That’s why farm owners and managers must always make sure their tractors are properly maintained and only qualified drivers are allowed to operate them. Common tractor injuries include:
- Rollovers are among the most dangerous tractor accidents, causing numerous fatalities and crush injures, internal organ damage, and loss of limb every year.
- Tipping or falling accidents occur when drivers go too fast and fail to look out for ditches, holes, and uneven terrain.
- Entanglement with tractor equipment including gears, chains, pulleys, hitches, and belts often cause serious injuries, runover accidents, fatalities, and loss of limb.
Preventing Tractor Accidents
The best way to prevent tractor accidents is to use modern tractors with advanced safety features. Everyone who drives a tractor must have the proper training. In Texas, children under 16 are not allowed operate tractor unless exempted by a training certificate or special classification.
To prevent tractor accidents, always do the following:
- Only use tractors equipped with seatbelts and enclosed cabins or rollover protection (ROPS).
- Provide up-to-date training for all employees who drive tractors.
- Always set the brake when not in use.
- Never allow guests to use tractors.
- Don’t drive near ditches or holes.
- Drive at a safe speed, especially when turning.
- Don’t let children operate or ride on tractors.
- Avoid traveling up steep inclines.
- Provide sufficient ballasting when hauling.
Traffic Accidents Involving Tractors
Tractors are allowed to drive on public roads, but they are required to have the proper safety equipment and they should yield to faster vehicles. Large loads, bad breaks, and faulty tires can all cause accidents.
To drive safely and legally on paved roads, all tractors must:
- Never drive in an unsafe or distracted manner.
- Never drive over center line.
- Never stop on the highway.
- Always yield to faster vehicles.
- Have forward facing headlights and red taillights that are visible for 500 feet.
- Use turning lights or hand signal at least 100 feet before turning.
- Tractors must have turn signals to drive at night.
- Towed equipment requires two rear-mounted red reflectors.
- Hazard warning must be activated—white or amber flashers in front and red or amber flashers in the rear.
Were You Injured in a Dallas Tractor Accident?
If you were injured in a tractor accident in Texas, you will want to contact an experienced farm equipment accident attorney right away. You only have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim.
Insurance companies make their money by paying out as little as possible in claims and they will probably offer you a lowball settlement that won’t even cover the cost of your injuries. Your farm equipment accident lawyer will investigate the accident and calculate the true cost of your expenses, which may include:
- Medical bills
- Ambulance transport
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
We Specialize in Severe Injuries
At The Lenahan Law Firm, we know how to take on the big insurance companies and win. If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed in a tractor accident, we’ll help you get a settlement to cover the long-term costs of your injuries so you can put your life back in order.
The Lenahan Law Firm only handles a limited number of severe injury cases, and we give each client our full attention. Call (214) 295-1008 to learn more and schedule a FREE consultation today. We’re on your side.