Ah, summer – warmer temperatures, sunshine and the smell of fresh cut grass that comes along with that weekly chore. But rather than the delight of a newly manicured lawn, the task could end with an injury caused by using the mower in a dangerous and unsafe way. Letting children on a riding mower or leaving toys or other items on the lawn are just two examples that could lead to injuries. As you haul out your equipment for another season of lawn care, it’s important to know whether manufacturers have recalled any of the mower parts.
However, your safety is primarily your responsibility. You should be aware of the dangers involved with careless use. Thousands of people suffer injuries each year after not following safety rules when using a lawn mower.
But what happens if the parts on the lawn mower are defective? Personal injury lawsuits involving product liability have resulted in damages in cases where mowers have exploded. There have also been lawsuits filed after rollovers. However, any part of an individual’s own negligence can lessen the monetary award for accident victims.
Remember these main tips this summer while using your lawn mower. Here are few:
- Pick up rocks and other items from the lawn to prevent injuries from flying objects.
- Wear shoes with toes covered.
- Refuel mowers outdoors – not in a garage, with motor turned off and cool.
- Do not allow children to play nearby while you are mowing.
- Never allow a child to ride on a lawn mower with you.
If you get injured and think it may be the result of another party’s negligence, it’s a good idea to consult with an attorney and determine whether you have a case.