Although lawn mower-related accidents aren’t the most common type of accident to occur, they do result in some of the most traumatic injuries. The truth is, a lawn mower, whether it is one you can ride on or one that can be pushed, are rather dangerous and have led to some pretty serious accidents in states all across the U.S.
In 2010, more than 200,000 Americans were treated for a lawn-mower injury, according to Consumer Reports. And just recently, a 10-year-old boy in New York ran behind a mower while the rider was backing up and as a result suffered some rather serious injuries [Source: The Buffalo News]. The boy had to undergo several surgeries as a result and while the doctor was able to save his leg, his foot had to be amputated.
So, although these accidents aren’t occurring on a frequent basis, it can’t hurt for you to review lawn mower safety tips as well as discuss them with your children as you wouldn’t want to cause one of these accidents nor would you want your child to become a victim to one. Therefore, consider these tips the next time you mow a lawn and inform your kids about the dangers associated with these machines.
- Read the operator’s manual so you know exactly how the lawn mower is operated.
- Avoid having your children ride on lawn mowers as passengers. There is always that chance that they could fall and get caught under the mower.
- Prior to mowing, clear the area of objects including twigs, stones, and toys as these can be picked up and thrown by the blades.
- Wear closed-toe shoes with slip-proof soles while mowing.
- Consider wearing hearing protection if you have a louder mower.
- Do not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless it is absolutely necessary and carefully look for children behind you if you do. You also want to remind children that they should never run or play behind a mower as the driver may not hear or see them.
- When mowing, it is best that all children stay indoors or at a safe distance away from the area you are mowing before you turn on the mower.
- Children that are younger than 16 years of age should not be allowed to operate riding mowers. Those younger than 12 should not be allowed to use walk-behind mowers.
- If you have decided that you want to give your child an additional chore, before allowing them to mow alone, spend time showing him or her how to do the job safely. It is recommended that you supervise your child’s work until you are sure he or she can complete the task on their own.
- Store the fuel for the mower out of reach of children and always start and refuel mowers outdoors, never in a garage or a shed. Mowers should be refueled with the motor turned off and cooled. Refrain from allowing your children to refuel a mower.
- Teach your kids that the lawn mower is not a toy and they should not play with it or sit on it, even if it is turned off and/or in storage.
Now, if your child has become the unfortunate victim of a lawn mower accident or any other type of incident recently in Arizona, it is best that you consult with an accident lawyer in Tucson, AZ who can help you file a claim with your insurer. Aside from that, if our attorneys discover that a negligent party contributed to causing the accident, they will also pursue them for the compensation you and your child deserve for the pain and suffering the accident has brought on.