According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 476 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury in 2010, while a percentage of these injuries can be attributed to accidents caused while using harvesting machines.
To this day, harvesters are one of the most economically important labor saving inventions. Harvesters allow for a minimal percentage of our Knoxville population to be involved in agriculture. Essentially, harvesting is defined as gathering crops, while this process has been sped up greatly throughout the years through the creation of harvesting machines.
These large vehicles are often required to travel on public roads, and may be used from farm to farm. When these large machines are traveling on our roadways, many different types of accidents may occur to passenger vehicles if these automobile happen to collide. These collisions may cause extreme injuries to both the occupants of the passenger vehicle as well as the operator of the harvester.
The truck accident attorneys at Greg Coleman Law have great sympathy for those injured in harvester accidents; therefore we will seek the maximum compensation benefits available. Also, as a way of showing our client appreciation, our attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis, which means we will not charge you for our services unless a successful verdict or settlement has been established and you recover.
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Types of Harvesters
There are several different forms of harvesters which agriculturalists may use during the process of harvesting their crops. These devices indefinitely speed up the lengthy process of harvesting crops by hand or by the use of animals, which were used prior to the discovery of these large vehicles.
Some common types of harvesters include:
- Bean harvester
- Beet harvester
- Cane harvester
- Carrot harvester
- Combine harvester
- Forage harvester
- Grape Harvester
- Over-the-row mechanical harvester
- Potato harvester
- Sugarcane harvester
Anytime these machines are taken on our Knoxville roadways, it could pose a great risk for individuals in the surrounding proximity to become involved in an accident.
Types of Harvesting Machine Accidents
Harvesting machines may come in many different shapes and sizes, thus there are many different types of accidents which may occur. In addition, these machines also have a lot of fast moving, sharp, and exposed parts, which can be very dangerous to any bystanders or individuals using this machine incorrectly.
Some common harvesting machine accidents include:
- Accident with passenger vehicle
- Automatic sensors fail to turn off machine
- Distracted operator
- Fatigued operator
- Harvester runs someone over
- Operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Operator inexperience
- Rear-end collision
- Rollover accident
- Strike fixed object
- Traveling at excessive speeds
- User pulled into cutters
In some cases, fires have been reported to start on harvest machines where dry crops and dust accumulate near the heated engine. If not eliminated immediately, these fires can quickly spread causing injuries to the agriculturalists and damaging surrounding crops and properties.
Types of Injuries Caused By Harvesting Machines
Following an accident with a harvesting machine, there may be several injuries sustained. Depending on the situation, harvesters may cause acute injuries or chronic injuries based upon the area of the harvester which was struck and if the harvester was functioning or off.
Some types of injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Concussion injuries
- Dislocated joints
- Facial injuries
- Herniated discs
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Neck and back injuries
- Nerve damage
- Puncture Wounds
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
When it comes to harvesters, machine maintenance is imperative of the owner. This will prevent a large amount of accidents from occurring during use. It is also important to pay attention while operating any other vehicles or performing any activity around these machines.
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At Greg Coleman Law, our attorneys believe that negligent individuals must be held responsible and accountable for their actions and pay for any injuries or damages they have caused to an innocent victim. We have won over $250 Million in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients and have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle your harvester accident litigation.
With our main office in Knoxville, Tennessee, we are able to provide our services throughout the entire state and elsewhere.
Some of the local Knoxville locations our attorneys serve include:
- Baneberry, TN
- Bulls Gap, TN
- Friendsville, TN
- Luttrell, TN
- New River, TN
- Parrottsville, TN
- Rockford, TN
- Townsend, TN
For more information about our law firm, or if you believe you may have a case, we welcome you to contact our attorneys at (865) 247-0080 ((865) 247-0080) today. At this time a member of our intake team will collect necessary information regarding your accident and injuries, then quickly connect you with a lawyer ready to handle your specific case.
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