Lawn mower accidents happen needlessly and all-too-frequently, and can lead to severed appendages or limbs, broken bones, and even death. Lawn mowers can easily roll over when on an embankment, hill or during a sharp turn on flat terrain. Zero-turn-radius (ZTR) rotary riding mowers are known for easy maneuverability, however manufacturers are also well-aware of their propensity to roll over when they encounter small holes or slight grades in the terrain. Many of the injuries from lawn mower accidents can be prevented by manufacturer-installed guards, roll bars, and seatbelts. If inadequate safety systems contributed to severe injuries or a wrongful death in a lawn mower accident, a product liability case may exist.
Rollover Protection Systems (ROPS) are a critical safety feature that manufacturers should install to protect users of riding lawn mowers in rollover accidents.
Manufacturers have long known of the high incidence of lawn mower accidents and the propensity of riding lawn mowers to rollover during normal use. Yet many manufacturers have chosen not to install roll bars, cages or other similar Rollover Protection Systems (ROPS) to protect operators when such accidents occur. Such systems have been commercially available for years, and have long been used on a wide variety of tractors and heavy equipment. The evolution of ROPS as a safety system for lawn mowing equipment is a natural extension of such safety designs. It is critical that manufacturers of lawn mowers design and sell these machines with the necessary protective systems incorporated to prevent injuries and deaths should they unexpectedly turn over. The lack of such safety systems, when considered in light of the known risks associated with the foreseeable use of various types of lawn mowing equipment; make the failure to incorporate such protective systems actionable.
As Lawn Mower Accident attorneys we can help
At the Didier Law Firm we have extensive experience in handling accidents involving lawn mowers and lawn mowing equipment. If you or someone close to you has been involved in a lawnmower accident resulting in serious injuries or a wrongful death, contact us for a free evaluation of your case. We stand ready to bring our knowledge and expertise to bear for consumers injured as a result of defects in lawn mowing equipment.