Tractor rollovers are the number one cause of death on farms in the United States. Tractors manufactured before 1987 are not equipped with rollover protective technology, and many farmers cannot afford the high replacement costs.
New bills that help farmers replace their outdated equipment with safer machines are in the works, but will still cause farmers to face unwanted costs. Newer tractors are simply too expensive for many farmers across the country. Fitting an older tractor with rollover preventive parts can cost upwards of $1000, but is a less costly and effective option than buying a new tractor altogether.
If bills are passed that help farmers cover necessary costs, it is still unclear if farmers will even take advantage of the option. In order to install the new parts, tractors have to be left at a dealership, and many small farm owners cannot afford to be without their equipment.
Sadly, injuries involving tractors and other farm equipment are unfortunately common. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed because of dangerous or defective farm equipment, contact a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 for a free consultation.