ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FARM EQUIPMENT & TRACTORS OR ATTACHMENTS ON TRACTORS CAN BE DEADLY.
Accidents involving farm equipment are frequently catastrophic. In many cases, accidents involving agricultural machinery and equipment occur in the early morning or at sunset. Accidents involving farm equipment usually occur during these time periods because that is when farmers or their employees try to move farm equipment from one work location to another. Unfortunately, at these times, there is usually very little natural lighting. Car accidents involving farm equipment and machinery frequently involve very high-speed impacts with little pre-braking because the driver of the vehicle simply could not see the equipment in his/her lane of travel prior to impact.
ACCIDENT INVOLVING FARM EQUIPMENT FREQUENTLY INVOLVE EQUIPMENT THAT IS NOT MAINTAINED PROPERLY.
Frequently, agricultural machinery is poorly equipped to be operated on roadways. Frequently, farm equipment does not have safety features such as reflectors.
It is not uncommon to see accidents involving head-on collisions with cars attempting to pass farm equipment. In accidents that involve other vehicles attempting to pass agricultural equipment on the road, it is critical that the potential liability of the tractor not be overlooked. Any personal injury attorney investigating these types of accidents must be aware of the potential contribution to the accident by the tractor (farm equipment) operator. This is an important consideration because the farmer may very have substantial additional insurance that may provide coverage for you or your loved one's injuries. Additionally, if you fail to appreciate the contribution to this accident by the farmer, the jury may very attribute the accident to the farmer and, therefore, you would be unable to recover unless they were also a defendant in the case.
If you have any questions about an accident involving farm equipment, contact The Sessions Law Firm today. We proudly represent injury victims throughout Georgia.