Sharing the Roads with Farm Equipment at Harvest Time

It’s harvest time in America and when traveling the highways and byways of rural areas the average driver is more than likely to see a combine or some other form of farm equipment sharing the highway at slow speeds.  Drivers need to be on alert and ready to come upon such equipment after cresting a hill or at any other time out on the roads.  In Nebraska alone, one week in October has given rise to headlines about very serious and fatal crashes with farm equipment on a couple of different highways.  In one instance, a crash occurred when a vehicle rear-ended the back of a combine header being towed by a truck, sending the couple to the hospital by medical helicopter with life threatening injuries.  Another instance involved two men in a sports utility vehicle being killed instantly and the driver of a semi being seriously injured and burned when the SUV and semi hauling a combine collided.   

The bottom line is that it is autumn and there will be farm equipment on the highways. This equipment will likely be larger than the typical vehicle, and they will likely be traveling at slower speeds.  To complicate things further, there are less daylight hours this time of year and drivers must be on the constant ready on the roads out there, whether driving a typical vehicle or something involving a piece of farm equipment.  If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, and the accident resulted in unfortunate injuries or worse, do not hesitate to contact Inserra & Kelley Law Offices for consultation as to whether you may be entitled to compensation.  Stay on the lookout out there on the roads and be safe everyone!