Riding Lawn Mower Accidents

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Whether driving a front mower or a zero-turn-radius rotary mower, riding lawn mowers accidents can lead to serious injuries including deep cuts, loss of fingers and toes, burns, and broken, fractured, or dislocated bones, and most seriously death.

Riding lawn mower accidents can occur if the machine overturns, which can be caused by embankments and hills. Even sharp turns can cause zero-turn-radius rotary and other riding lawn mowers to roll over, leading to serious accidents and injuries. A frequent cause of front mower, zero-turn-radius rotary mower, and other riding lawn mower accidents is an overturn, which often occurs when mowing along a ditch bank that the operator has been mowing for years. Unexpected ditch bank collapse sufficient to cause an overturn can be obscured by high vegetation or caused by the weight of the mower. This is especially true of zero-turn-radius rotary mowers, which usually weigh from 400 to 2,000 pounds.

Zero-turn-radius (ZTR) rotary riding mowers should all be equipped with a roll bar and a seat belt, both of which have proven nearly 100 percent effective in preventing death and serious injuries when inevitable riding lawn mower rollovers occur. Manufacturers have long known that as long as gravity exists these riding lawn mowers will rollover just like other tractors during normal use. Yet many manufacturers have chosen not to install such safety frames also known as rollover protection systems (ROPS) to protect operators when such accidents inevitably occur.

All riding lawn mower accidents have the potential to cause serious injury, including when the operator backs over another person. Sadly, most victims of back over riding lawn mower accidents are children who are run over by a family member. These accidents can cause permanent disfigurement, disability, or even death. Many injuries that result from back over riding lawn mower accidents can be prevented with proper safety equipment, including a device that prevents the blade from turning while the mower is in reverse.

Many of the injuries from these accidents can be prevented by manufacturer-installed guards. Unfortunately, guards are often not installed in order to keep costs of the machine low or manufacturers see such installations as an admission of what they should have done years earlier. Riding lawn mower accidents can cause devastating injuries that result in permanent disability, disfigurement, or even death. The Locks Law Firm represents persons and families injured in of front mower, zero-turn-radius rotary mower, and all riding lawn mower accidents in Colorado and across the nation. Contact the Locks Law Firm to discuss your case or to set up a free, confidential consultation.

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