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Be Aware of Farm Equipment and Deer on the Roads this Harvest Season

Autumn arrived over the weekend so farmers are out harvesting their crops which means large farm equipment will be on the roadways. As farmers move their equipment from field to field motorists are reminded to exercise caution on the roadways, particularly on county roads. Remember, some farm implements are much wider than the normal vehicle using the roadways and motorists may need to slow down, move over, and perhaps even come to a stop to allow these large pieces of machinery to pass.

Tips for Farmers:

•Have all lighting and placards on your equipment as required by law.
•When parking equipment along the road while in the field, make certain it is visible at night.
•Avoid traveling on state and U.S. highways during rush hour traffic.
•Wear high visibility or reflective clothing when working so as to be seen by motorists and farm workers.
•Indiana Code 9-21-5-7 requires operators of vehicles being driven at a speed below the posted limit to move over to the right at their first opportunity if three or more vehicles are following to allow those vehicles to safely pass.

Tips for Motorists:

•Be patient when traveling behind farm equipment; farmers have the same rights as automobile drivers to operate their equipment on the roads.
•When approaching farm equipment from the opposite direction, pull to the right of the traveled portion of the road and allow the equipment to pass.
•Always be cautious when approaching farm equipment parked on the side of the road. Someone may be getting into or out of the equipment or performing maintenance.
•Be especially vigilant in watching for farm equipment on two-lane roads, and around dusk when conditions can make the equipment harder to see.

Also watch for deer activity, especially around dawn and dusk. Deer are naturally more active at this time of year and may be spooked from fields as farmers harvest. Deer vs vehicle crashes tend to increase during the fall.

The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys at Glaser & Ebbs are skilled at representing clients and their family members injured in car crashes. It often takes legal action to receive fair compensation in these cases. If the responsible party is not found, we will help you look for other coverage. Contact Glaser & Ebbs to learn more about your legal rights and options.

source: nixle