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Woman Killed in Riding Mower Accident

A 59-year-old Pennsylvania woman was killed when her riding mower went over an embankment and overturned, pinning her underneath. Her body was not found until the next evening, as her husband was away on business at the time.

There are about 180,000 lawnmower accidents every year in the US, some of them fatal. Although some of these accidents are caused by defective equipment, most are caused by user carelessness.

The main case of lawnmower accidents is coming into contact with the sharp, rotating blade. People too often try to clear obstructions from the blade while it's spinning, and lose fingers as a result.

Another leading cause of lawnmower injuries is when the blades eject small objects, such as stones. These can be propelled as far as 50 feet from the mower.

Injuries also happen when mowers run over people's feet, as in a famous episode of Mad Men.

Burns can result when people touch the hot surface of the mower's exhaust system, and fires can result from gasoline leaks.

Mowers may also overturn and pin the drivers underneath, as in the Pennsylvania case.

Mowers can be especially dangerous to children, especially when a riding mower is backing up. This danger is increased by the loud noise of the engine - the driver may not hear a child in the mower's path calling out a warning.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) estimates that about 17,000 children require emergency room care every year because of lawn mower accidents.

Recent lawn mower accidents involving children include a two-year-old in Tampa who had both of her feet amputated at the ankle when her father accidentally ran over her in a riding mower, a four-year-old who lost three fingers when trying to jump on a moving mower, and a 10-year-old in Vermont who was trapped under the mower he was using when it rolled down an embankment.

To avoid accidents, parents should keep children inside the house when mowing the lawn and never let them ride on the mower.

If you have been injured in an accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at the New Jersey Law Offices of Greenberg, Walden & Grossman, LLC.

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