A fourteen year old girl is the newest victim. She was riding as a passenger on a tractor as it traveled on Highway 99 in Minnesota on August 6th, 2015. The tractor hit a bump, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which ended up in a nearby ditch. The girl died from her injuries, and the driver is in serious condition.
Tractor accidents have become terribly common, especially in areas such as Minnesota, the Midwest, and upstate New York. These machines are incredibly important for efficient agriculture, but all too often safety features are neglected during the design and production of tractors.
This fourteen year old girl is not the only recent fatality associated with tractor accidents. Other incidents include:
- The August 10th, 2015 death of a 78 year old man in a tractor accident in North Carolina
- A separate incident on August 10th, 2015 that left a 15 year old California girl dead when the tractor she was riding slipped into a ditch
- An August 21st incident in Bozeman, MT that left one woman dead after a tractor accident
The incidence of tractor accidents is far too common. Three of the above incidents occurred over the course of just three days in August. These types of accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including deferred maintenance of the vehicle, improperly maintained roads, poor safety protocols at agricultural sites, and operator error.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a tractor accident, it can be difficult and expensive to determine the cause. All too often, the responsible parties will push you to blame the person who was injured or killed instead of conducting a proper investigation into the cause. Please contact a qualified attorney to help you determine what exactly led to the dangerous incident that left you or your loved one injured or dead.