You are definitely not alone. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 20,000 people in the U.S. are injured each year in lawn mower accidents. Of those, about 75 are killed. Each year 800 children are run over by lawn mowers in the U.S., and 600 children suffer injuries involving lawn mowers that result in amputations.
Many lawn mower injuries could be prevented by the company that manufactures the lawn mower. Many mowers are manufactured cheaply, and lack the inexpensive component parts that could prevent dangerous accidents from occurring. In some cases, the mower may be correctly designed, but cheap defective parts are used which can allow accidents to occur.
Typically, for push mowers, the most common type of accident involves the mower running over a foot or another body part. The rotating blades may come into contact with the body, which can do significant damage. In riding lawn mowers, rollovers are the most common type of accident. New "zero-turn" mowers are especially likely to roll over. If a mower rolls over, it could trap the driver, causing injuries, particularly if the blades continue to operate. There are safety devices which can help prevent accidents or to lessen the damage if an accident occurs, but many older or cheaper mowers don't have those devices.
Lawn mower manufacturers have a duty to make lawnmowers that are safe for their intended use. Although the manufacturer of a lawn mower can't be an insurer of its user's safety, it can make the lawn mower as safe as possible for its intended use. If you have been injured by a lawn mower, such as a John Deere, Snapper, Cub Cadet, Craftsman, Remington, Murray, or Toro, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493. We will vigorously pursue compensation on your behalf if we determine that another party was responsible for your injuries. Visit us on LinkedIn to learn more about our firm.