Farming for a living – to outsiders, it seems to be a peaceful life, but in reality it is hard work and fraught with its own set of challenges. Long hours, exhausting working conditions, working with heavy farm equipment – these are just a few of the potentially hazardous components of a farmer’s life. As Ohio has a large population of people who are involved in the farming industry, many of our citizens face these issues every day. Sadly, these factors are not the only dangers faced by farmers – often they must share public roads with larger and faster vehicles during the course of their work. And tragically, one Kingsville Township man was involved in such an accident recently when a commercial tractor trailer struck his tractor on State Route 193. Allegedly, the tractor trailer driver failed to yield to the tractor while he was turning on the road and, sadly, the 72-year-old driver of the tractor was killed as a result of the accident.
Agricultural Equipment on the Roadways – Some Tips for Before the Journey
The National Agricultural Safety Database (NASD), which was created through funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), recognizes that it is not always possible to avoid using tractors and other farm equipment for traveling on public roadways between farms. The group advocates hauling tractors and other equipment when traveling distances are far, but for those shorter distances, the importance of practicing certain safety precautions is imperative. Safety tips before traveling include making sure all machinery is in good repair and using proper and adequate safety equipment. Some of the more specific tips include checking tire pressures and tightening wheel bolts, ensuring the tractor is properly balanced, making sure all lights and flashers are working properly, and adjusting mirrors to optimize your ability to see around you.
Some Additional Tips for During the Journey
Once you have ensured safety prior to starting out, you still need to be vigilant to ensure continued safety. NASD provides the following advice for keeping yourself safe while traveling on public roadways:
- Keep alert to the road’s physical conditions such as potholes, road obstacles, or other defects in the pavement;
- Listen for other vehicles;
- Stay alert and watch for pedestrians and animals in the roadway; and
- Slow down on curves and hills.
If Injured in an Accident, Contact the Ohio Car Accident Lawyers
Even when you have followed all the safety tips for before and during travel on public roadways, there are still times when an accident may be out of your control. When this happens and you have suffered injuries as a result, the Ohio Car Accident Lawyers is the place to turn to. Our attorneys have experience handling all types of accident cases and know the nuances of cases that are less common such as those involving farm equipment accidents on public roadways.
We will review the details of your case and help you to understand your rights and responsibilities. If you have been injured in any type of auto accident, contact our experienced auto accident lawyers in Toledo to schedule your no cost consultation.