In Philadelphia, and throughout Pennsylvania, children are seriously injured and killed in lawnmower accidents every year. In a recent tragic accident, a two-year-old boy was run over by a neighbor's lawn mower while it was backing up. The boy sustained life-threatening injuries to his leg, hip and back. While operating mowers in reverse, riders' vision can be obscured by grass catchers or other attachments. As a result, riders may be unable to see small children playing near the area. The children most frequently injured by back-over blade contact are ages two to five. Virtually all of these lawn mower accidents could have been prevented if the manufacturer of the lawnmower had used a simple and inexpensive "no mow in reverse" safety feature.
A no-mow-in-reverse switch disengages the mower's blades when the machine is put into reverse. Such a device would virtually eliminate the occurrence of serious and potentially fatal back-over accidents. No mow in reverse safety features have been used by some manufacturers since the early 1980s. In 2003, the industry voted to adhere to a voluntary standard requiring the no mow in reverse feature.
Unfortunately, the standard allows for an override to no mow in reverse. This override defeats the safety purpose of the no mow in reverse feature and presents a hazard for children. Several children have been injured in lawn mower accidents where the mower had an override system. If your child or adult family member has been injured in a lawnmower back-over accident, our personal injury lawyers can help.
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