Outside downtown Sacramento where you will find the California State Capitol and the California Museum, a healthy business of farming and agriculture takes place. Although it doesn’t appear to be a particularly risky activity, farming is a dangerous activity that has caused hundreds of thousands of accidents over the years. Many of these incidents here in Sacramento are preventable accidents that involve the use of tractors. Sometimes the reason for the accidents lies with needed improvements in the safety of the machines and on other occasions, the operator of the tractor was not careful enough.
The most common way for a person to be injured in a Sacramento tractor accident is where the tractor rolls over while other types of accidents involve falling off the tractor, rolling over a person with the tractor, crushing a person under or in the tractor, or some sort of entanglement with the tractor.
On many occasions, certain safety equipment could have prevented an accident from happening. Seat belts, for example, could prevent someone from falling off a tractor. In addition, the use of roll bars and protective cabins is useful in preventing other kinds of mishaps. Today, pursuant to regulations by the United States Department of Labor, tractors must be equipped with rollover protective structures and operators of tractors must take more advanced training before they drive tractors.
Causes of Rollover and Runover Tractor Accidents
There are a number of ways that rollover accidents are caused. As you can imagine, rollover accidents can occur where the tractor is not hitched properly when it is pulling another vehicle. In addition, many accidents involve the tractor leaning as a result of driving over an incline that is too steep or driving it so close to a ditch that the tractor cannot be stopped from rolling over. Sometimes tractors are taken over holes in fields that are too wide or deep and on other occasions the tractor is simply driven too fast. Lastly, when the tractor is improperly weighted or balanced, it is possible for it to rollover.
The other type of tractor accident, the runover, usually occurs for the obvious reason that the bystander near the path of the tractor has not been detected by the operator of the vehicle.
A Tractor Accident Litigation Attorney Can Help
There is no question that a Sacramento tractor accident can result in very serious injuries and even death. Such injuries often require prolonged medical attention and sometimes counseling for mental or emotional injuries. Extensive medical treatment such as this will end up costing a great deal of money, which in turn results in financial hardships for those who are simply trying to recover from the accident.
In most cases, the employee who was injured has a potential claim that will be handled by the insurance company for the employer. Although we would all like to believe that an insurance company would be entirely willing to pay whatever is reasonable to the victim under the circumstances, we know that the primary objective of the insurance company is to limit their liability. This means that while the injured employee is struggling to make ends meet and to heal his or her injuries, the insurance company’s attorneys are searching for ways to avoid paying a fair amount on the claim.
When you hire an experienced and knowledgeable Sacramento tractor accident lawyer, you will be helping to guarantee that the outcome of your claim or case is fair. You need an attorney’s office that has the resources to effectively oppose the efforts of the insurance company lawyers to shortchange you on your claim. If you or a loved one has been injured in a tractor accident, contact our office to make an appointment for a consultation to discuss your legal options.