Lawn tractors are lawnmower devices that are motorized and have a built-in seat for the user to ride on. The tractor is often used to mow grass on residential properties, larger commercial areas, sports arenas, and other surfaces and settings. Lawn tractors can present some injury and accident risks. Some common lawn tractor accidents include:
- Accidents involving collisions with a person, vehicle, or stationary object
- Accidents related to the blade (for instance, if a protective blade guard comes loose, resulting in injury to a person)
- Explosions, fires, or other mechanical incidents
- Accidents where the rider drives off a ledge or into a ditch
- Electrical accidents or issues
- Crashes resulting from transmission failures
Lawn tractors can vary with regard to their size, maximum speed, and other factors.
Who can be Held Liable for a Lawn Tractor Accident?
Lawn tractor crashes and accidents can cause serious injuries or property damage. Depending on the circumstances, various parties can be held liable for injuries resulting from the accident. In many cases, the manufacturer of a lawn tractor vehicle may be held liable for accidents that are caused by a defect with the product. For instance, if there is a defect in the way that the transmission was manufactured, and it leads to a crash or accident due to transmission failure, the manufacturer might be held liable under a product liability legal theory.
In other cases, other parties might be held liable. For instance, if the lawn tractor collides with another vehicle (such as a truck or automobile), there is a possibility that the driver of the other vehicle may be held liable, as in any other automobile accident. This can happen especially in areas where automobiles or other vehicles are driven in the same area where lawn tractors are operating.
What are the Legal Remedies for a Lawn Tractor Accident?
Lawn tractor accidents can be complex and may result in a lawsuit. The legal remedy in a lawn tractor lawsuit will typically involve some form of monetary damages award. The damages will often cover losses such as hospital bills, medical expenses, property damage repairs, and other costs.
Lawn tractor safety issues that could affect many consumers may result in a lawn tractor recall, or a class action lawsuit.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Lawn Tractor Accident Lawsuit?
Lawn tractor lawsuits may involve some complex laws and may require the assistance of a lawyer. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need representation. Your attorney can provide you with guidance and advice for your case and can assist you throughout the process.