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Protecting Our Community After Injuries

Farming, as many people know, is not an easy job. Agriculture is the second most dangerous industry in the United States, trailing just behind the mining industry. Agricultural jobs have a death rate of 26.1 per every 100,000 employees. Just because there are risks involved in the farming world, that doesn’t mean you deserve to be injured in an accident, especially when it involves negligence. Whether your employer, vehicle, or piece of equipment was involved, you deserve to seek justice for your pain and suffering. Our Galesburg farm vehicle and equipment accident attorney has experience investigating accidents and collecting the evidence needed to strengthen our clients’ claims. When you call Rehn Law LLC, you’re calling for advocacy you can trust.

Call (309) 228-2008 or contact us online for a free consultation. The sooner we get started, the sooner you can heal from your injuries.

Farm Vehicle Accidents

Operating and simply working around hefty farm vehicles like tractors can be dangerous. According to the National Safety Council, 44% of all tractor accident deaths were caused by overturned tractors, and between 1992 and 2001, more than 2,100 people died in accidents involving farm tractors. Tractors have been known to roll over onto farmers, crushing them and causing catastrophic injuries and deaths.

Common causes of tractor accidents include:

  • Failure to hitch properly
  • Speeding or poor control making a turn
  • Going up an incline that is too steep

A study published in the Journal of Safety Research revealed that bone fractures are the most common type of injury in a tractor accident. Other common injuries can include internal bleeding, back and neck injuries, lacerations, knee injuries, and head and brain injuries. Other farming vehicles that can potentially be defective and cause injuries include forklifts, hydraulic plows, harvesters, backhoes, and elevator loaders.

Tractor accidents can also occur on the road and injure other drivers or pedestrians.

Common situations on the road that can cause accidents include:

  • Large farming vehicles that have stopped on the road
  • Inexperienced vehicle drivers or farm equipment operators
  • Poorly maintained vehicles with defective tires or brakes

Farm Equipment Accidents

The leading cause of farmer death and injury in the U.S. is defective farming equipment. 23% of young farmer fatalities were attributed to machinery.

In addition to tractors, farmers can also be harmed by:

  • Bush hogs, a type of mower. Machines have been known to tip over and produce flying debris as a result of a manufacturing defect.
  • Hay rakes and hay balers: Rakes are used to collect and cut hay and hay balers tie and bundle hay into bales. Rakes and balers are known for causing injuries including amputation, severe burns, loss of skin and tissue, and death.
  • Grain augers and grain bins: A grain bin stores grain in bulk in a steel structure, while a grain auger is a tube that transports grain from ground into bins. Theses injuries can include loss of limbs or amputation, cuts, burns, electrocutions, suffocation, and death.

What to Do If You’ve Been Injured

If you’ve been injured by a farming vehicle or equipment, it’s crucial that the first thing you do is to disable the farm equipment or have someone nearby disarm it. You must seek medical attention, as farming injuries can often be serious and produce loss of limbs. After you’ve been treated, evidence needs to be collected to determine liability. Injuries from vehicles and equipment can be the responsibility of the employer, the manufacturer, or other farmers. A personal injury attorney with years of experience can investigate your accident and hold at-fault parties liable for your injuries.

Our team can help you achieve the compensation you need to pay for medical bills, which can include surgery costs, prescription medications, ambulance rides, and more, as well as for loss of income, disfigurement, and pain and suffering.

Call (309) 228-2008 to reach our Galesburg farm vehicle and equipment accident attorney today. We’re always available for our clients.

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