Lawn mower rollover accidents are an unfortunate but common occurrence in the U.S. In 2010, 253,000 individuals required treatment after they were injured in lawn mower rollover accidents, and roughly seven percent of these individuals were 19 years old or younger, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since 2009, the number of injuries caused by lawn mower rollover accidents has increased three percent, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Riding lawn mowers are useful tools for maintaining one’s yard, but should never be used as toys or vehicles for joyriding. However, a lawn mower rollover accident may not always be user error, but the fault of the manufacturer. Manufacturers are required to ensure that their lawn mowers are equipped with several important safety features. Despite this requirement, many fail to do so, which can result in permanent injuries or even death.
In order to keep their costs low, manufacturers may opt out of installing safety measures like no-mow-in-reverse switches, rollover protection systems, and blade safety components. In addition to the risks caused by manufacturer negligence, an operator is more likely to cause Iowa lawn mower rollover accidents if he or she is inattentive or traveling too fast around a turn or over a hill. Not only can such a heavy piece of equipment pin and crush the operator, but he or she is also at risk of hemorrhages, lacerations, and amputations should the blades make contact with his or her body.
Children are more likely to be injured if a lawn mower is not equipped with a no-mow-in-reverse switch. This safety feature ensures that the lawn mower cannot back up while the blades are engaged. While some may find this bothersome, this features ensures that a driver cannot accidentally back up over a small child that he or she cannot see due to high grass or a large mower.
Iowa lawn mower rollover accidents do happen, and if you or someone you love has been injured or killed and you feel that faulty parts or a negligent individual was the cause, you may be entitled to pursue a claim with help from an Iowa lawn mower rollover accident attorney.
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