The tragic accident involving celebrity Chris Soules last week brings attention to the danger farmers operating tractors face when they share the road with other drivers.
Farming is one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs with the majority of injuries resulting from accidents surrounding tractors. Although, rollover injuries and fatalities are the most common, tractor-car collisions also pose a significant risk.
Some reasons for car-tractor accidents include poor lighting on the tractor, poor visibility on the roadway during the day and night hours, and the fact that rural roads are getting busier overall. Add to that distracted or impaired drivers and speeding, and tractors plodding along the roadway can be in real danger from being struck from behind.
Many drivers involved in an accident with a tractor fail to react in time to the obstacle before them or, when trying to pass, do not allow enough room to clear the tractor. It is puzzling to some how so many accidents occur with such high profile vehicles.
To find clues, a University of Iowa Study is underway to test the effectiveness of “targeted awareness campaigns” being launched in selected communities. Researches will mount cameras on tractors to obtain footage of drivers’ behaviors as they approach tractors from behind prior to, and after campaigns are run, to see if they are effective in raising awareness of the presence and vulnerability of tractors sharing the road.
Hopefully, with more information about how these accidents occur along with heightened awareness of the potential for tractor-car accidents, the number of injuries and fatalities will be reduced.
If you or a family member has been injured in a Quad-Cities area motor vehicle accident, contact the Davenport, Iowa personal injury lawyers of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for help today.