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Increased safety on rural roads urged as harvest season nears

Farm accidents in Illinois have become a great concern to local residents. As new developments continue to arise throughout what had previously been only rural farm land, there is increased activity of "regular" vehicles along with farm equipment on the roads. This mixture can lead to an increased chance for problems such as tractor accidents.

As harvest season approaches, Illinois residents are urged to give greater caution when sharing the road with farm equipment. The stories of two local farmers illustrate the increased need for safety. One man was killed when his tractor was hit by a car. The tractor flipped over and the man went off and away from the vehicle about 10 feet. Another farmer was more fortunate, sustaining only minor injuries, when the rotary hoe he was towing with his tractor was hit by an SUV.

The McHenry County Farm Bureau and the McHenry County Sheriff's Office are working hard to increase awareness and safe practices for cars when driving on roads with farm vehicles. The heart of the harvest season will begin in September and that will herald in an even greater number of tractors, combines and more such equipment on the road. It is the goal of local authorities to minimize any accidents and injuries.

Farm accidents can happen on the farm or on the neighboring roadways. Either way, farm workers must be ever vigilant and aware of their surroundings in an effort to keep themselves safe. If you have been injured in an accident while driving farm equipment, you may wish to consider getting professional advice regarding your rights.

Source: The Republic, "Illinois spotlight: Motorists urged to watch for far equipment on roadways," Emily K. Coleman, July 11, 2013

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