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Sharing the Road Safely with Farm Equipment

Posted in Car Accidents, Injury, Personal Injury on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

Fall is here, and with fall, we see a lot more farm vehicles and equipment on our roads. These behemoths slow traffic considerably and present plenty of driving hazards. Because they’re out there, however, it’s important to know how to share the road safely with them. If you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence in any kind of traffic accident, it’s time to consult with a Joliet personal injury attorney. 

Accidents with Farm Equipment

Those tractors and other types of farm equipment that take to our roads are not only immense but are also very loud. This means that the person behind the wheel may not be able to see you – or to hear you. In other words, the situation is dangerous to begin with, and accidents involving these massive pieces of machinery are exceptionally dangerous. When farm equipment is on the road, always make proceeding safely your first priority. 

Safety First

The following safety tips represent best practices when it comes to sharing the road safely with farm equipment:

  • Pass Safely – Remember the farmer behind the wheel of that tractor may not see you, so passing with care is even more essential. If the piece of farm equipment is very large, it can easily take up more than one lane, which makes passing safely impossible. Sometimes, it’s best to simply slow down and wait until the farm equipment exits the road. Never pass on a hill, on a curve, in a no-passing zone – or if you don’t have a clear view of the road ahead. 
  • Slow Down – The instant you spy farm equipment on the road, slow down. It can be difficult to judge the speed of these irregular vehicles, but you can count on the fact that you’re driving a lot faster than the farmer is. 
  • Leave Plenty of Stopping Distance – Large Farm equipment needs longer stopping distances than other vehicles do, so it’s important to allow them plenty of room on the road. Further, it can be very difficult to decipher what the driver of the farm equipment is about to do, and if you’re right on top of it, you won’t have any clues. Finally, if you don’t allow distance between your own vehicle and the farm equipment, all you can see is the back of the implement, which is extremely dangerous.  
  • Keep Your Wits About You – Large farm equipment moves very differently than the vehicles we drive. They make very wide turns (often turning into the oncoming lane and/or using the shoulder in the process. Most farm implements don’t have turn signals, so boning up on your arm signals is advised.   

You Need an Experienced Joliet Personal Injury Attorney on Your Side

If you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence in a traffic accident, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino in Joliet have an impressive track record of helping clients like you resolve their cases favorably. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.

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