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Top causes of mower rollover accidents 

On Behalf of | May 25, 2022 | Uncategorized

Owning a home, business or working in the landscape industry means that you are regularly using a lawnmower (in most cases). Chances are, you don’t give much thought to an accident. After all, these seem like relatively safe machines. 

Also, many modern mowers come equipped with stabilizers and roll bars to help prevent rollover accidents. Unfortunately, these situations still occur. Even if you follow the suggestions and specifications provided by the manufacturer, you may find that your lawnmower tips and rolls. If you are injured in this type of accident, you have the right to recover compensation if the incident was caused by a defect or malfunction. 

It’s also beneficial to learn some of the reasons this type of rollover incident may occur. 

Changes in the angle of the slope

Mower defects can cause the machine to be less stable than it should. Even if you work at the proper angle, the mower can suddenly be thrown off-balance. If you hit a root or rock, it may tip and roll over. 

Try to avoid mowing at angles more than 15 degrees. If there is a steeper area you need to mow, use a push mower or handheld trimmer to avoid a rollover accident. 

Traveling too fast

Speed is also a factor in rollover accidents. If you are mowing a steep area, take things slow. It’s common to hit uneven ground or even a ledge that can cause you to flip easily because you are traveling too fast. 

Knowing your rights after a mower rollover accident

If your mower rolls over and you are injured, you have legal rights. If a defective part or malfunction with the mower caused the incident, you may be entitled to compensation. Be sure to seek medical attention right away to have your injuries and the situation documented.