Port Charlotte Accident Attorneys: Do You Know How to Prevent a Tragic Lawnmower Accident?

by Carmen Dellutri on May 30, 2012

Port Charlotte accident attorneysUnfortunately, lawn mower accidents are more common than most people think. In addition, small children are particularly at risk. In fact, lawn mower injuries are the leading cause of amputations in adolescents, according to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Most injuries occur because the mower doesn't realize the child is behind them and backs over them.

As Port Charlotte accident attorneys, we want to make sure that parents and caregivers know how to stay safe around lawn mowers, tractors, and other yard equipment. Below are a few simple tips:

  • Keep children under age 6 indoors while a power mower is operating
  • Let no children under 12 use a walk-behind mower
  • Keep children under 16 off ride-on mowers, even with a parent
  • Turn off the mower immediately if you see a child running toward you. Children can fall and slip into the blade.
  • Wear protective goggles and close-toed shoes when operating a mower or near one
  • Clean the lawn of debris such as sticks and stones before mowing so they don't get stuck in the blade and propel out
  • Call 911 right away if an injury occurs. Apply pressure to the wound to stop bleeding
  • Buy mowers with a no-reverse safety measure that includes an override switch, requiring driver to turn around before backing up.

Source: Baltimore Sun

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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