Tragic Florida Mower Accident Highlights Risks

by Carmen Dellutri on May 14, 2013

Florida personal injury attorneyA recent Florida accident involving two-year-old girl serves as a tragic reminder that lawnmowers are powerful machines that pose risks of serious injury. Unfortunately, mower accidents are more common than many think, particularly here in Southern Florida where yard maintenance is a year-round job.

In 2010 alone, 253,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The most common injuries included deep cuts, loss of fingers and toes, crushed and broken bones, burns, and even amputations.

Approximately 19,000 of the accidents tracked by the CPSC involved children. In fact, lawn mower injuries are the leading cause of amputations in adolescents, according to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

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:

  • Teach children to stay away from all running lawn mowers.
  • Don't allow children to play in an area where a lawn mower is being used.
  • Remove stones, toys and other objects from the lawn before you start mowing.
  • Be alert and turn the machine off if a child enters the area.
  • Before and during backing, look behind and down for small children. Likewise, keep in mind that blind corners, shrubs, and trees, or other objects may block your view of a child.
  • Never allow a child to ride on a mower. Doctors commonly see children with severe injuries to their feet caused by riding on the back of a rider mower with a parent or grandparent.
  • Children should be at least 12 years of age before operating a push lawn mower, and age 16 to operate a riding lawn mower.

Source: Consumer Reports

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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