Our Tulsa, OK injury attorneys know that summer is the season when people in Oklahoma spend a lot of time outdoors, engaging in recreational activities, doing yard work and fixing up their homes. Unfortunately, during the summer months, there are a lot of risks that people face as they head outside and use products, tools and machines that they may not use at other times of the year.
One recent tragic accident involving a lawn mower was an important reminder of some of the risks that people face as the weather grows warmer. The accident shows how important it is to be aware of all of the added dangers associated with yard work, outdoor tools and outdoor recreational equipment so that you can make sure you play it safe and don’t put your health at risk.
Tragic Oklahoma Loan Mower Accident
According to Oklahoma’s Own News on 6, a northeast Oklahoma woman was on a riding lawn mower on her rural property when an accident occurred. The riding lawn mower rolled over and ended up pinning the woman underneath it. The 43-year-old woman was killed as a result of the mower rolling. News 6 reports that the sheriff is awaiting a report from the medical examiner on the specific cause of death.
Lawnmowers are one of the many products that people in Oklahoma will use more during the warm spring and summer months. As this accident shows, mowers can be dangerous and deadly accidents can result. Other types of summer tools, products and recreational equipment used for work or for pleasure that can also have a similar risk of injury include:
- Gas grills, which could cause explosions due to problems with the propane tank or grill design
- Electronic edgers and weed whackers
- Power tools used in outdoor home improvement projects
- Bobcats used for clearing land
- Golf carts
- Jet Skis and other personal watercraft devices.
All of these products are more likely to be used when the weather outside is nice. Unfortunately, not all product manufacturers make sure the products they are selling are safe. As a result, more people using potentially dangerous products could result in an overall increase in accidents over the summer.
Whether you are out having fun on summer equipment or whether you are using tools for yard work, while engaged in a home improvement project or simply mowing the lawn, you should be aware that all of these products have risks and that injury could occur if there is some defect or problem with the tools you are using.
Who is to Blame When Something Goes Wrong?
If you are using a product as the manufacturer intended — no matter what that product is — and you get hurt as a result, then the manufacturer can be held legally responsible. This is based on a rule called strict liability.
This means that if it is determined that the lawn mower had an impact on causing an accident that resulted in death or injury, the manufacturer could be sued or made to pay damage even if the manufacturer had done nothing wrong in selling or designing the mower. It is sufficient that a problem or defect caused harm.
As you use summer products this month, be sure you are aware of your rights under product liability rules in the event of injury. Consulting an experienced injury law firm is free and is often the best course of action in the wake of serious or fatal injury.