Our Attorneys Handle Tractor Accident Claims in Lancaster, PA
Experienced in representing victims of farming and roadway accidents
Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations, in large part because of the heavy equipment and sharp tools involved. In fact, approximately 800 farmers die and more than 9,000 are injured every year in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, tractor accidents are the leading cause of fatalities among farm workers.
At Georgelis Law Firm, P.C., we dedicate our practice to personal injury recovery through workers compensation, auto insurance and civil lawsuits in Lancaster County. Your tractor accident likely involves several means of recovery. Because we handle only personal injury cases, we are knowledgeable about the full range of options available to you. Our warm and welcoming staff takes the time to listen. And we aggressively pursue the damages you deserve as swiftly as possible.
Tractor accidents on Lancaster County farms
Tractors are extremely dangerous because of their great weight, the uneven terrain on which they’re used and the sharp implements they pull, such as harrows, plows and tillers. For these reasons, farmers need to take precautions to avoid catastrophic or fatal accidents, such as:
- Crushing of fingers, hands and feet in moving parts
- Catching hair or clothes in the machine
- Rollover accidents
- Lacerations and amputations by implements’ sharp blades, spikes and disks
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
Even after taking every reasonable precaution, you may still suffer injury because of poor tractor design or insufficient safeguards installed on the equipment.
Auto accidents involving tractors
Tractors commonly travel along Lancaster’s rural roads. Farmers must obey the traffic laws when driving equipment on Pennsylvania’s roadways. For example, you should display a yellow-orange fluorescent triangle on the rear of your vehicle to indicate it is moving slower than 26 mph. Also, you are required to pull over, when it is safe to do so, to let faster traffic pass.
Getting stuck behind a tractor frustrates drivers who are in a hurry. Nonetheless, motorists should respect the rights of farmers to drive agricultural equipment on the roads. A crash can occur if a motorist acts negligently by:
- Driving aggressively or in a rage
- Trying to pass the tractor on a narrow road
- Passing when it is unsafe to do so — for instance, at a curve in a two-lane highway
- Speeding past the tractor
- Texting, talking on the cellphone or engaging in other distracting activities
- Rubbernecking to view an accident or a Lancaster attraction
Learn about your options for recovering compensation after a tractor accident
For information about recovering compensation for farm-related injuries, call Georgelis Law Firm, P.C. at 717-394-3004 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. We make ourselves available in the evenings and on weekends to meet with you. We also make home, hospital and rehabilitation center visits. Our office has free parking.