Recovering your losses can be difficult without help from an attorney.
Arkansas is known as the "Natural State" because it is home to vast expanses of fertile land, perfect for growing crops. From rice to soybeans, corn to wheat, and vegetables to fruits, agriculture is integral to the state's economy, providing jobs for its residents and food for the nation.
However, farming requires the use of large and complex machinery to cultivate, harvest, and transport crops. Tractors, combine harvesters, balers, sprayers, seed drills, tillage equipment, spreaders, plows, and cultivators are just a few examples of the equipment used on Arkansas farms. While this equipment has made farming more efficient and profitable, it also poses significant risks to farmers, farmhands and anyone who comes into contact with it.
Accidents involving farming equipment can result in serious personal injury and even death. The equipment's heavy weight and sharp rotating parts can cause severe harm, especially when the equipment is used improperly or in a negligent manner. Manufacturing defects, lack of proper maintenance, and failure to follow safety regulations can all contribute to accidents.
Victims of farming equipment accidents often face significant challenges when seeking compensation for their injuries. The companies responsible for the equipment may deny liability, and insurance companies may try to minimize payouts. This can leave victims with mounting medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing physical and emotional pain.
What is the most common accident involving farm equipment?
Different types of farming accidents can occur, and each one can result in severe and life-changing injuries:
- Manufacturing negligence is a common type of farming equipment accident. Defects in the design or manufacturing of large and dangerous machines, such as tractors, combine harvesters, balers, sprayers, seed drills, tillage equipment, spreaders, plows, and cultivators, can cause accidents that result in serious injuries or death.
- Large agricultural vehicles, including tractors, large trucks, harvesters, combines, and balers, can be driven on the roads of Arkansas. Accidents can occur when drivers operate these vehicles recklessly or while impaired, causing severe injuries in collisions, especially with passenger cars.
- Highway accidents involving oversized loads of agricultural equipment are also a risk. Trucks require the proper size and type of tires, as well as proper securing and tying down of the equipment, special lights, and warning signs to prevent devastating damage and severe injuries.
Accidents involving farming equipment can be complex and difficult to navigate, but seeking compensation for injuries caused by these accidents is crucial. Victims of manufacturing negligence, large agricultural vehicle accidents, and highway accidents can all benefit from the help of an experienced attorney who can help them hold responsible parties accountable and secure the compensation they need to recover.
Fault can fall upon many different parties
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, different parties can be held responsible for the injuries and damages that result:
- Owners and operators of farming equipment can also be held responsible for accidents. They have a duty to maintain and operate the equipment they use properly, and failure to do so can result in accidents. Negligent operation of farming equipment can cause injuries to the operator, passengers, and bystanders.
- Truck drivers and trucking companies carrying oversized loads of farming equipment can also be held responsible for accidents. Drivers are responsible for operating their vehicles safely and following the rules of the road. Trucking companies have a duty to ensure that their drivers are adequately trained and that their vehicles are properly maintained. If a truck driver or trucking company is found to have acted negligently, they can be held responsible for the damages caused by their actions.
- Manufacturers of farming equipment have a responsibility to ensure that their products are safe when used properly. A defect in the design or manufacturing of equipment can cause accidents that result in injuries or death. In cases of manufacturing negligence, the manufacturer can be held responsible for the damages caused by their defective product.
- Distributors of defective equipment can also be held responsible for accidents. Distributors are responsible for ensuring that the equipment they distribute is safe for use. If they distribute equipment with known defects or fail to disclose important safety information, they can be held liable for injuries and damages caused by the defective equipment.
In cases of accidents involving farm equipment, determining who is responsible for the damages can be complex. It requires a thorough investigation of the accident and an understanding of the laws and regulations governing the use of farming equipment. An experienced attorney can help victims navigate the legal system and hold the responsible parties accountable.
Seeking compensation is often an uphill battle
Victims of accidents involving farm equipment face many challenges when seeking compensation for their losses, such as the denial of wrongdoing by the parties responsible for the accident.
Manufacturers, distributors, owners, operators, truck drivers, and trucking companies may deny any responsibility for the accident and refuse to pay compensation. This can make it challenging for victims to hold these parties accountable for their actions.
Insurance companies can also pose a challenge for victims seeking compensation. Insurance companies may try to minimize claims and pay out as little as possible to victims. They may use tactics such as delaying claims processing or disputing the extent of the victim's injuries.
Likewise, proving negligence can be a significant obstacle for victims seeking compensation. Negligence involves showing that the responsible party acted in a way that deviated from what a reasonable person would do in similar circumstances. Again, this can be challenging to prove, especially in cases of manufacturing defects or complicated accidents.
McDaniel Law Firm is here to help
At McDaniel Law Firm, PLC, our experienced attorneys have a proven track record of helping victims of accidents involving farming equipment. We understand our clients' challenges and are committed to fighting for their rights.
Our firm has the resources and expertise to investigate accidents, gather evidence, and build strong cases that hold responsible parties accountable. We are dedicated to negotiating with insurance companies to obtain fair compensation for our clients.
We believe every victim of a farming equipment accident deserves justice and fair compensation. That's why we offer a free consultation to discuss your case and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys. We proudly serve Jonesboro and all of Northeast Arkansas, as well as Southeast Missouri and Memphis, Tennessee.