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Lawn mower accidents are a common cause of serious injuries in the U.S., frequently resulting in amputation and other disfigurements. In particular, riding mowers are known to cause serious risks to riders and bystanders. One common type of riding mower accident is the back-over accident. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that approximately 560 children are injured every year as a result of accidents in which children are injured by the moving blades on a riding mower that is backing up.
What makes these statistics even more alarming is that this type of accident could be easily prevented with the addition of a simple switch that shuts off the mowing blade when the mower is in reverse. This device, known as a "no mow in reverse" switch, has been available for many years and is a standard piece of equipment on many riding mowers. The lawn mower industry voluntarily adopted standards requiring this switch in all riding mowers manufactured after 2003, but many major models of riding lawnmowers without this essential safety feature may still be in use in households across the country.
If you or someone you care about was injured in a lawnmower accident because of the lack of this or any other safety feature, you may be able to recover damages from the company that manufactured the dangerous lawnmower. Jacoby & Meyers can help you through every step of the process so that you have the greatest likelihood of a successful outcome to your defective product claim.
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