Farm Equipment Accidents Lawyer-Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Modern farms use powerful equipment — and under the wrong circumstances, that equipment can be deadly. Many types of farm and ranch equipment include blades, which can maim or kill people who are unlucky enough to be in their way. Furthermore, tractors, mowers and other heavy equipment are motorized vehicles, which means they can crash just as a car or truck would. And grain storage in particular poses a threat of falling as well as a threat of suffocation from the grain or gases.
Tractor accidents are the most common cause of fatal farm accidents, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tractors are not considered motor vehicles in the same way that cars and trucks are, but they can and do get into similar accidents. In particular, tractors can roll over, throwing their operators violently away or trapping them underneath the very heavy tractor. The CDC said this type of accident alone accounts for an average of 96 fatalities annually. Furthermore, because tractors aren’t regulated like cars, they aren’t subject to rules requiring safety measures like seat belts or rollover prevention.
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Other equipment likely to be involved in Texas farm accidents includes:
- Equipment hitched to a tractor
- Grain augers and soil augers
- Combine harvesters
- Grain elevators and bins
Mistakes by human beings cause some accidents with farm and ranch equipment. But many others, unfortunately, can be traced directly to design and manufacturing defects in heavy farm equipment. Manufacturers may simply fail to include safety equipment or features in their original design for the equipment, leaving users with no protection. At the manufacturing stage, equipment companies may install parts improperly or not at all. Design and manufacturing defects can also cause farm equipment accidents involving fire, electrocution and mechanical failure.
Contact Coby L. Wooten when you’ve been Seriously Injured by Farm and Ranch Equipment
Coby L. Wooten, P.C., represents farmers and workers throughout Texas who suffered have severe injuries in accidents with heavy farm equipment. Farm equipment accidents can be horrifying, causing wrongful death, amputations, brain injuries and other severe, permanent disabilities. When those injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, victims have the right to hold the wrongdoers legally responsible. In a farm accident lawsuit, victims can claim financial compensation for their injuries, lost income and other injuries.