If you or your loved one was involved in a tractor accident, our personal injury attorneys at The Daspit Law Firm stand ready to help. We treat every case as if it were our own and have successfully handled a wide variety of personal injury cases. Our firm proudly represents injured victims and surviving family members of farming-related accidents.
50% of farm-related accidents and injuries involve tractors, making them a leading cause of death and permanent disability in the agriculture industry. Rollover accidents have the highest fatality rate of all tractor-related accidents in the United States. According to one study, over 75% of tractor accident injuries require antibiotic treatment (to prevent infection) or surgery. Research suggests that most of these incidents are caused by human negligence. One study, conducted over a seven-year period, estimated that rollover accidents contributed to 45% of tractor-related deaths.
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Tractor overturns and other accidents are a serious threat to the safety of farmers. Although tractor safety standards have improved over time, human negligence and mishandling are still responsible for many accidents and deaths. One study indicated that, over a period of seven years, 1,100 people died in tractor rollover accidents.
Other fatal tractor accidents include:
Rollover accidents are preventable. Since 1976, the Department of Labor required that all tractors conform to ROPS (Rollover Protective Structure) Standards, but a high percentage of tractor accident deaths are still caused by overturns. In addition to ROPS standards, employees who operate tractors must receive safety training.
This training includes the following information:
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation reports that ROPS structures are not designed to prevent rollover accidents. Employees must act responsibly while operating heavy machinery. Additionally, employers should never allow an employee to operate a tractor that does not conform to safety standards, or permit an employee to operate a vehicle without safety training.
Studies show that children have the highest rate of machinery-related deaths. Most of these deaths are caused by the following situations:
Tractors are not designed for passengers; they are designed with safety features to protect one person: the driver. If a negligent driver allows a child to ride the tractor, the driver could be held responsible for any injuries suffered by the passenger.
Irresponsible driving is a contributing factor to some rollover accidents, but even a safe driver can suffer serious injuries in a tractor accident.
If you or someone you love suffered a serious injury in a tractor rollover for the following reasons, you could be eligible for financial compensation:
To learn more about your rights after a serious tractor accident, contact the Houston personal injury team at The Daspit Law Firm. Attorney John Daspit is a seasoned legal professional with the passion, knowledge, and skill to help you obtain the case outcome that you deserve.
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