FARM EQUIPMENT ACCIDENTS
INJURED IN A FARM EQUIPMENT ACCIDENT?
Heavy farm equipment, tractors and implements are a vital part of rural communities – workers drive and operate this machinery every day. In most cases farm machinery has no effect to other drivers when they operate on the road, and safety mechanisms are in place to prevent injury on the farm. However, accidents can happen, to vehicles on the road, workers and those nearby. When accidents occur, there are legal options one can pursue.
FARM EQUIPMENT ATTORNEYS
At Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP, our attorneys are knowledgeable in handling farm equipment accidents. We will investigate the cause of the accident and help injured victims understand what their legal rights and options are in recovering benefits.
ADVOCATING FOR VICTIMS OF FARM EQUIPMENT ACCIDENTS
Farm equipment cannot travel as fast as vehicles such as cars, motorcycles and trucks. Even when a piece of farm equipment is operated responsibly it can cause harm, injury or traffic problems. Farm equipment can create bottlenecks and force traffic to pass on narrow, one- and two-lane roads. In the event of a collision, the many sharp and moveable parts of the machine pose a much greater danger than a simple fender bender between two cars.
PERSONAL AND COMMERCIAL INSURANCE, KNOWING THE DIFFERENCE
An injury caused by an individual’s personal vehicle (like a car or motorcycle) necessitates a legal strategy that is different than if the injury was caused by a commercial vehicle. Commercial vehicles are usually covered by commercial insurance policies.
If you’ve been involved in a farming machinery accident, determining if the farm equipment is a personal or a commercial vehicle is important. This can be dependent on the type of machinery, the size of the farm and who owns the farm. With small family farms, it’s common for the equipment to be owned by family members.
TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION AFTER A FARM EQUIPMENT ACCIDENT
Farm workers run the risk of accidents every day they operate this kind of machinery. Most are aware of the risk and take proper precautions to avoid injury. However, accidents still happen, and if you’ve been injured in a farming accident, we’re here to help.
These types of accidents may be covered under workers’ compensation. If you were on the job at the time of the accident, we will help you put together workers’ compensation claim. Not every farm accident is covered under workers’ compensation, but there may be other claims available. If there were other parties at fault, other than your employer or other workers, we can help you pursue a third-party liability claim, medical treatment and time lost at work.
Every personal injury is stressful, and farm equipment injuries bring unique and confusing legal questions. Our personal injury attorneys are committed to helping client’s hold negligent parties accountable and helping you collect the compensation you may be entitled for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses.
The attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett are here to answer your questions and help you navigate the legal system. If you have been injured in an accident involving farm machinery, you need to speak with a lawyer right away. To learn more about our firm and to see if we can help you after your farm equipment accident, call us at 252-378-2525 to schedule a free consultation.