As we transition into May, temperatures in Nevada are expected to heat up and before we know it the winter months of windbreaker jackets and chilly mornings will be a distant memory. For many homeowners in Las Vegas, this change in the weather means dusting off the garden shears and gassing up the lawnmower. The thrills of summer and the joys of home maintenance, however, can be diminished by the threat or even the experience of Las Vegas defective lawnmower accidents.
If that sounds like a remote possibility, think again. Lawnmowers have come a long way from the manual, single-axle push mowers of yesteryear. Today’s lawnmower technology is super-powered by comparison, and the potential for Nevada personal injury accidents is much greater. The powerful rotating blades of a gas-powered lawnmower are a threat to hands when they are sharpened, and even when dull they can damage irrigation and fling rocks and debris without warning but with great force. Many operators of gas-powered mowers — which often have a two-stroke engine that is different from that of an automobile — have a limited understanding of internal-combustion engines beyond “I put gas in and it moves,” which can pose a hazard if negligent manufacturers are not conscientious about providing clear instructions for maintaining these devices.
A popular new alternative to gas-powered mowers are electric-motor lawnmowers, but these also involve risks. Users need clear instructions for charging and caring for an electric mower battery, information that can be in short supply. Another recent trend is the rise of the ride-on mower, which lessens the monotony of pacing back and forth with an old-style mower and which also makes the chore more manageable for homeowners with large expanses of sod. However, recent months have seen recalls issued for thousands of ride-on mowers due to serious safety risks. Nearly 4,000 ZRT model mowers by manufacturer Toro have been recalled after reports of a faulty switch that can activate as the operator exits the seat and power the machine on. And mower company Exmark issued a recall for 750 of its Pioneer S-series models over concerns that wiring problems could impair steering ability, possibly resulting in serious Nevada defective product injuries.
Our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys know that accidents strike at the moments we least expect them, and that is why we dedicate our practice to serving Nevada clients who have suffered serious injuries or wrongful death due to the negligent acts or faulty products of corporations. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.