More than 253,000 people were injured in lawn mower rollover accidents in 2010 in the U.S. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), 17,000 of these cases invovled children under the age of 19. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that the number of injuries caused by lawn mower accidents has risen three percent since 2009. Lawn mowers can cause life-threatening injuries, complications, and death if the operator fails to pay attention to his or her surroundings
Some lawn mowers are more likely to flip over if an operator tries to make a turn too quickly, attempts to drive in between small spaces or around tight corners, or if he or she moves the lawn mower over uneven surfaces or steep embankments. In Kansas lawn mower rollover accidents, the operator risks the equipment falling on top of him, and he or she may sustain amputations, bleeding, lacerations, or death from the lawn mower’s blades.
Children are often victims in accidents involving lawn mowers that are not equipped with no-mow-in-reverse switches. An operator must ensure that he or she can fully see behind the lawn mower at all times, regardless of the size of the mower or the height of the grass. If he or she is unaware of the surroundings and the equipment does not feature a safety switch, there is a possibility that he or she could inadvertently back up over a small child.
Manufacturers are required to install blade protection devices and specific safety features to prevent the risk of a lawn mower causing amputations, lacerations, or fatalities. Still, although some manufacturers may verify that their lawn mowers are equipped with such features, the safety devices may not function properly or they may have been inadequately designed and may not completely reduce the risk of death or injury. Additionally, some manufacturers may sell units without blade safety parts, rollover protection systems, or no-mow-in-reverse switches.
Those who have been injured in Kansas lawn mower rollover accidents as a result of allegedly faulty equipment should consider seeking legal counsel to learn more about their rights and how to recover compensation for their injuries. Victims may be eligible to recover for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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