Safety is critical when around farm equipment on the roads

| Jul 29, 2020 | Catastrophic Injuries |

Farmers play a critical role in this nation’s economy, and they depend heavily on equipment to get their work done as efficiently as possible. They may have to travel on the public roads to get to where they need to be with this equipment, so it is not uncommon to see combines and other very large farm equipment on the roads around farms.

Some people don’t appreciate these vehicles sharing the roads with them. However, it is necessary to drive safely around them. Accidents involving farm equipment can result in very serious injuries. Because of this, it’s imperative that anyone who’s driving around these vehicles takes the time to ensure that they’re complying with the applicable traffic laws.

One step that anyone who’s operating these machines needs to take is ensuring that the slow moving vehicle reflective sign is appropriately attached to the rear of the vehicle. This alerts drivers that the equipment isn’t going to move at the speed limit. This may help to reduce the chance of a rear-end crash.

The drivers of farm equipment must comply with all applicable laws, so other drivers should expect them to be as safe as possible. There isn’t any room for error with these vehicles, so the drivers must ensure they’re sober and fully alert. Being distracted, fatigued or impaired can mean that a safety critical issue is more likely.

There are instances in which collisions between farm equipment and other vehicles may occur. If the operator of the equipment was the at-fault party, the innocent victims might opt to pursue a claim for compensation. This can help them to recover the financial damages they’re dealing with due to the crash.