An accident between a semi-truck and a farm tractor led to the tractor driver’s death just outside of Lake City, SC, on Tuesday, July 28.
Officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol stated the crash happened around 5 PM, at Friendfield Road and US378, east of Lake City. They say both the semi-truck and the farm tractor were headed in the same direction, and they believe the semi struck the back of the tractor. The tractor’s driver, 54-year-old Walt Gaskins, was later pronounced dead.
The semi’s driver was not hurt.
Being rear-ended by a semi-truck can be a very dangerous situation for any driver, especially those in smaller vehicles, like cars, or in this case, a farm tractor.
In most cases, pending local regulations, farm vehicles like tractors have every right to be on the road. It is illegal (and very dangerous) to attempt to pass even the slowest-moving vehicles in a no-passing zone. Most tractors and other farm equipment are not required to have turn signals, so if a tractor is slowing down to turn, motorists will have no idea what direction the tractor is turning. Drivers are encouraged to maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles, especially slow-moving ones like tractors.
Sadly, accidents involving farm vehicles are the leading cause of work-related death for farmers or farmworkers, whether or not they happen on a highway with other vehicles. Farm owners who employ others to operate tractors and other machines like harvesters should ensure they are properly trained and follow all recommended safety precautions.
If you know a surviving family member of a person who was injured or killed in an accident, please encourage them to contact our firm immediately. The consultation is completely free, with no out-of-pocket cost to the family to hire us.
For over 25 years the attorneys at Auger & Auger have been dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and families that have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. We have years of experience guiding and helping our clients every step of the way to receive compensation for aspects such as medical bills, funeral costs, and other monetary loss.
Editorial Note: At A&A we are always looking to improve the quality and safety and are saddened by the outcome of many tragic accidents across the Carolinas. The purpose of this news blog is to write about cases relevant to our industry and raise awareness about injury cases so that victims of similar incidents can educate themselves on theories of liability, the law, and how personal injury cases typically work. This article is created using publicly available information and is a secondary source. If you find any information here to be inaccurate, please notify us at [email protected], and we will make the appropriate adjustments.