Georgia Riding Lawnmower Accidents
It is that time of year again when Spring is just around the corner, trees are starting to bud and the lawn is going to start growing rapidly. Many people with large lawns that would be ridiculously time consuming to mow with just a standard lawn mower opt to purchase a riding lawnmower to make the job easier.
Even though these machines can make the task of mowing a large yard easier, thousands of people are killed or injured in riding lawnmower accidents each year. The frequency and seriousness of these accidents could be reduced significantly if manufacturers were diligent about equipping the machines with proper safety devices. Some manufacturers choose to pass on safety equipment to avoid additional costs. Manufacturers may also choose not to install safety equipment because it may be viewed as an admission that the mower should originally have been installed with this safety equipment.
Rollover accidents are one of the most common and dangerous accidents involving riding lawnmowers. These mowers are extremely heavy and may weigh in excess of 2,000 pounds. When someone is riding one on an incline or on any unleveled, unstable surface there is a significant risk of the riding mower tipping over. If you are on a mower when it rolls over, you can be trapped underneath and sustain broken bones, dislocations, spinal injuries, head injuries, amputations or crush accidents.
One of the safety features that a lawn mower company can install to help prevent these kinds of accidents is a rollover protection system. This system consists of a roll bar and safety restraint. This can keep the rider in a more protected position rather than being thrown from the mower and crushed under the weight of the mower. If a rider is trapped beneath the mower, the massive weight of the mower makes it impossible for someone trapped beneath it to escape.
Another common type of riding mower accident involves backing over or into people. Backing up can lead to horrific accidents because it can be difficult to see small children who are on the ground behind the blades of the mower. The danger of being injured by the mower blade can be neutralized by installation of a switch that shuts off the blade when the mower is being operated in reverse. This feature is mandatory on newer models, but many older models that are still in use do not have this safety feature. Further, some manufacturers install other equipment on the mower that can over-ride this safety feature.
A manufacturer of heavy machinery that knows of an obvious risk but chooses not to install basic safety equipment that could prevent serious accidents may be liable for injuries resulting from the decision to forgo safety equipment. If you or your loved one has been seriously injured in a riding lawnmower accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At Montlick and Associates, we use our best efforts to make sure those injured by defective products obtain the best possible outcome as part of our ongoing objective of being considered the top Georgia personal injury lawyers.
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