Kentucky farmers grow a great deal of the nation’s produce, poultry and beef, and these farmers rely heavily on their tractors. There are many other machines that have specific functions like harvesters or planters, but just about all phases of farming require a tractor and the right attachment.
The popularity of the tractor is probably why it is involved in the most farming accidents above all other machines. In fact, a report from the National Agriculture Safety Database states that tractor accidents are the leading cause of farming fatalities and serious injuries. Each year, around 240 farmworkers die in tractor accidents, and farming is the second most dangerous industry behind mining.
The Rollover: Leading Causes of Tractor Accidents
Not only are tractors used for just about everything, but they also go just about everywhere. Sometimes this contributes to the leading cause of a tractor accident—the rollover.
Causes of a Rollover
- Going too fast into a turn
- Traveling up an incline that is too steep for the tractor to handle.
- Improper hitching
- Unseen holes, ditches in the fields
- Driving too close to a ditch
- Improper ballasting
- Unsecure load
- Equipment Malfunction
Other Common Tractor Injuries:
- Falling/Reaching into equipment: Attachments are complicated and have a lot of dangerous moving parts, and a fall into one can be deadly.
- Vehicle Passing Accidents: Tractors are on the roads getting from field to field, and this means collisions with other vehicles.
- Poor Equipment Manufacturing/Design: Tractor specs have to be up to federal codes for safety. If there is a poor design or a defect in manufacturing, this can result in an injury.
Farm Tractor Accidents
The majority of injuries come from falls resulting from a tractor rolling or tipping. However, what happens next will determine the type and severity of the injury. A rollover can crush a farm worker, or the worker can get mangled in the machiners. These and other types of accidents produce common tractor accident injuries:
- Broken Bones
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Compound Fracture
- Crush Injuries
- Severed limbs
- Crippling injuries
Farm Equipment Liability
Just as in a car accident, anyone who is negligent in a farm tractor accident is liable for the injuries. Many times the worker is alone in the field, but the injury could be caused by improper maintenance/repair, poor design or defect in manufacturing.
When a farmworker is injured on the job, he or she is going to be covered under Kentucky’s workers’ compensation. However, there are times when the victim can sue a third party like the driver of a car or the maker of the tractor.
Kentucky Law states that anyone injured by another’s negligence is entitled to certain damages. Some of the most common in Kentucky tractor injuries are:
- Medical Bills
- Pain and Suffering
- Missed Time from Work
- Future Loss of Income
- Permanent Disability
- Permanent Disfigurement
- Loss of Quality of Life
- Loss of Consortium
- Mental Anguish/PTSD
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today
Accident victims often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. The insurance company agents have years of experience and are good at their job which is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field.
Talk to a Louisville Personal Injury Attorney you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law. The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, at (800) 937-8443 or click here to contact them online.