Sweet summertime: Spending time out on the water, a family vacation if you’re lucky, and apparently, farm tractors creating hazardous driving conditions for many drivers. Attorney Bryan Pope recently wrote an article in the The Legal Examiner about the accident potential farm equipment creates on the roads, particularly because of larger sizes and slower speeds of the tractors.
Pope says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) quotes approximately 1/3 of all tractor accidents occur on public roads.
In addition to the size and speed of the tractors, the farm equipment has many blind spots, and Pope suggests tractor drivers keep their windshields, mirrors, lights and flashers as clean as possible.
Pope says a 2016 Iowa study concluded that traffic crashes involving farm vehicles could be cut in half if state policies required more lighting and markings on the equipment. By the way, according to the study, farm equipment crashes happen in urban areas, too!
To read more of Bryan Pope’s article, click here.
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