Accidents between agricultural equipment and private vehicles can be deadly. These accidents are more common in rural areas. However, a Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health study found that metropolitan areas see 30 percent of farm equipment crashes.
Motorists are less likely to get into an accident with farm equipment, but the results are much more severe. Here are six injuries caused by accidents between agricultural equipment and private vehicles.
1. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
A TBI can result from a blow or sudden head movement, causing brain damage. Accidents between agricultural equipment and private vehicles can result in severe TBI, leading to permanent brain damage or even death.
2. Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
SCI can occur when the spinal cord receives damage after a traumatic impact. Accidents between agricultural equipment and private vehicles can result in SCI, leading to partial or complete paralysis of the body.
3. Broken bones
The impact of a collision can cause broken bones, especially in the limbs. Fractures can be severe, requiring surgeries and prolonged rehabilitation.
4. Severe burns
Agricultural equipment often involves heat, and accidents can result in severe burns. Burns can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.
5. Lacerations and permanent scarring
The accident’s impact can result in scratches and lacerations, causing bleeding and scarring. Cuts and lacerations can be severe, leading to long-term health complications.
6. Internal damage
The accident’s impact can cause internal injuries, such as damage to internal organs. Internal injuries can be fatal if not treated immediately.
Farmers should take extra care when operating equipment near public roads to prevent accidents. Motorists should also exercise caution when driving in rural areas, especially during harvest seasons. By following safety guidelines, motorists and farmers might prevent catastrophic accidents.