Deadly accidents involving motor vehicles and tractors / farm equipment on rural roads continue to increase throughout the United States. There are three main reasons these types accidents occur:
In 2014, transportation-related incidents accounted for half of all agricultural worker fatalities. Of these deaths, 27% were from crashes that took place on public roads. When farmers operate tractors and other slow-moving farm equipment on public roadways, it places them at great risk for being involved in a serious collision. However, tractor accidents aren’t just an occupational hazard exclusive to farmers, other people using roads in rural areas are also at risk. In fact, over a 10 year period, 82% of crashes involving farm equipment were with non-farm vehicles. According to studies, a driver in a non-farm vehicle is 5 times more likely to suffer an injury than the person operating the farm equipment.
Because the boundaries of rural and urban areas are starting to blend more and more, it is important to know how to stay safe when sharing the road with tractors and other types of farm equipment. To help decrease your chances of being in a tractor accident, follow the tips we provide below:
Think about these facts the next time you share the road with a tractor or other types of farm equipment:
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