There are many different types of vehicles on our roads, and therefore, many different types of vehicle accidents. This blog has discussed accidents involving cars, tractor trailers, motorcycles, scooters, and bicycles, but in the rural parts of Georgia, it is not uncommon to see a farm tractor on the road. Drivers of tractors can also be vulnerable to road accidents, particularly due to differences in speed, inability to make sharp turns, and decreased visibility.
Accidents usually occur when a car is trying to pass these slow moving vehicles. Often motorists think the tractor is moving to the side of the road to let them pass, but really they are trying to make a wide left turn. The Georgia Farm Bureau states, on its website, regarding slow moving vehicles, like farm tractors, on the road, “Patience is one of the best ways to avoid a collision. Even if you have to follow a tractor for two miles at 20 miles per hour, it only takes six minutes of your time. That’s about the same as waiting for two red lights in town. When you find yourself behind a slow-moving vehicle, wait until you can safely pass.”
Recently, according to news reports, an elderly Rockmart man, Charles E. Mears, was injured after his John Deere farm tractor, complete with attached trailer, was hit by a car on Georgia Highway 278, according to officials from the Georgia State Patrol. The accident happened around 10:15am near the Cowboy’s convenience store. The car, a 2004 Hyundai Sonata, was driven by Olivia McVadon of Cedartown. She told police that she turned to answer a question from her daughter, seated in the backseat, and that is when she hit the tractor. The impact caused Mr. Mears to fall off his tractor, which continued to travel back and forth across the road until it hit a ditch. Mr. Mears was taken to the hospital for his injuries.
This recent accident comes as Georgia officials launched the second annual Yield Behind the Wheel campaign earlier this month. Last year, farm equipment crashes on Georgia roads increased by 33 percent, and among the 401 reported accidents, five were fatal. The timing of this initiative is for the upcoming fall harvest season. “Last year, our efforts created more awareness of the dangers on Georgia’s rural roadways, but clearly, we’ve got more work to do when it comes to protecting our people and our state’s biggest industry,” Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor’s Office for Highway Safety, said in a statement. “Our goal is to make sure everyone gets home safely, whether or not they get there in a combine or a convertible.”
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