Pascoe Law FirmFarm Equipment Accident
Principal office located in Friendswood, Texas.
Available to service League City, Webster, Pearland, Galveston, and the surrounding areas within Texas.
Farm Equipment On Roadway Accident Lawyer
There are many areas around Texas that are mixed environments where suburban communities share public roadways with farms in the country. Unfortunately, the combination of passenger vehicles and farm equipment is not always harmonious. There are many farm equipment accidents on public roadways that cause serious injuries and fatalities.
For decades, there have been two specific trends in rural development where farm equipment needing to share roadways with passenger vehicles has created a dangerous combination. This includes housing developments popping up in rural areas, where residential homeowners live close to operating farms. In addition, advancements in agricultural equipment technology has increased the size of farm equipment. This deadly combination has increased congestion on the roadways in rural parts of communities in Texas.
The Public Right of Way & Rules of the Road
Unique Challenges of Farming Vehicle Accidents in Texas
We know that farming accidents don’t just hurt people. When farming accidents occur, there are damages to people, equipment, land, property and businesses. Everything must be considered, including:
- Manufacturer error
- Maintenance error
- Failure to train employees
- Improper use of equipment or chemicals
- Inadequate supervision
Causes of Farm Equipment Accidents
Farm equipment traveling public roadways often presents dangerous situations when commercial delivery trucks or passenger automobiles attempt to pass the slow-moving vehicle. The number of fatalities and injuries every year in accidents involving farm equipment and passenger vehicles is on the rise, especially during harvest season. In many cases, there are multiple causes of farm equipment accidents. Common situations that cause farm equipment accidents on public roadways include:
- Equipment transporting wide loads
- Slow-moving tractors, balers and other equipment
- Large farming vehicles stopped on the roadway
- Inexperienced or young passenger vehicle drivers or farm equipment operators
- Driving unsafely or distracted
- Missing vehicle signage, markings and lights
- Poorly maintained vehicles with faulty brakes or defective tires
How is a Commercial Agricultural Vehicle Accident Different?
While some aspects or pursuing a lawsuit involving a commercial agricultural vehicle are the same as a traditional passenger vehicle accident, there are many more factors in an accident involving a farming vehicle. For example, if the farming equipment requires the driver to maintain a commercial driver’s license, there may be state or federal rules that the driver must follow. For example, truck drivers are only allowed to drive a certain number of hours per day. Commercial vehicles also fall under specific guidelines involving:
- Logging repairs
Commercial farming vehicles may also fall under state guidelines involving wide or oversized vehicles, which may require warning flags, labels, or escort vehicles. If any of the rules applied to the farming vehicle and were not followed, this may represent a valid case for negligence and convince an insurance company or jury to award more significant compensation for your injuries or damages.
Filing a Claim for Compensation for Injuries Sustained in an Accident With a Farm Vehicle
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