Agricultural (Farming) Vehicle Accident Lawyers

The agricultural industry is a vital part of Ohio’s economy. In fact, agriculture is considered the strongest industry in Ohio and accounted for $105 billion in economic output in 2010. This means that drivers frequently encounter large agricultural vehicles and the potential hazards they present.

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Agricultural Vehicle Accidents

During the harvest season, when there is an increase in the number of agricultural vehicles and farm equipment on public roadways, accidents with equipment are more likely. As farms expand in size, farmers increasingly need to use trucks, tractors, and trailers to transport large agricultural equipment, supplies, farm products, or fertilizers and other chemicals.

The difference in speed, massive size of machinery, poor lighting, operator inexperience, and inadequate signage are common factors in agricultural vehicle accidents. According to the National Safety Council, agricultural vehicles are involved in an estimated 15,000 crashes each year in the United States. Accidents involving agricultural vehicles or equipment can be devastating and are largely preventable if the proper precautions are taken.

Common Types of Agricultural Vehicle Accidents

Rear-end collisions

These types of accidents most often occur because of the difference in speed between the agricultural vehicle and other motor vehicles on the road. The result is that faster-approaching vehicles tend to misjudge the speed of the slow-moving vehicle and fail to reduce their speed appropriately. In Ohio, farm vehicle operators are required to use slow-moving emblems to identify their equipment so that motorists can adjust their speed accordingly.

Left-turn collisions

These types of accidents usually occur when the agricultural vehicle slows down or stops to make a left-turn and the driver behind them attempts to pass.

Passing collisions

Farm equipment and machinery can be extra wide or long, meaning that the vehicle may take up more than half of the road. Motorists can underestimate the size or width of the vehicle when attempting to pass and sideswipe the vehicle.

Common Causes of Agricultural Vehicle Accidents

  • Poor visibility or lighting on the road
  • Difference in speed between agricultural vehicles and other motor vehicles
  • Inexperienced operators
  • Lack of slow-moving-vehicle signs
  • Failure to properly secure equipment
  • Poor road conditions
  • Inadequate maintenance of equipment or machinery
  • Operator negligence
  • Oversized equipment or machinery

Agricultural vehicle drivers that take their farming equipment onto public roads are required to obey state laws and operate their vehicles in a safe manner just like any other motorist. If you been seriously injured in an agricultural vehicle accident because of another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical costs
  • Loss of income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium

Establishing liability in a car accident involving an agricultural vehicle can be complicated. These types of accidents can require complex investigations to determine liability, which is why it is important to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible.

Contact an Experienced Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer

At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our personal injury lawyers in Ohio have more than four centuries of combined legal experience. When you work with us, we’ll immediately begin building a case to support your claim for compensation. We have the skills and resources to read and understand accident reports, engage accident investigators and expert witnesses, and help you get the fair and correct amount of compensation that is equivalent to your injuries and/or property damage.

Our goal is to help you obtain the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on recovery and move forward with your life. We have secured countless favorable settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients and we will always fight for the maximum possible compensation.

Our firm believes in no recovery, no fees — meaning you will never be asked to pay a fee unless you successfully obtain compensation for your injuries. Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW or fill out our online contact form to arrange a free initial consultation with our Ohio motorcycle accident attorneys.

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