Man operating lawnmower hurt in freak auto accident

The afternoon was shaping up just like any other normal workday for a Knoxville, Tennessee, man as he operated his standup lawn mower while cutting grass on July 16. The 35-year-old, now speaking from his hospital bed, says that he was at his job in Maryville, Tennessee, cutting a lawn that afternoon when his life changed in an instant.

The man says that he had just finished eating lunch and was partially in the road near the entrance of a subdivision situated at Old Glory Road and Inverness Road in Maryville, Tennessee, when he was struck by a car. Initial reports say that a 28-year-old woman, also of Knoxville, was traveling northbound in her 1977 Chevrolet pickup truck when she saw the victim too late and skidded her vehicle into him as she slammed on the brakes.

First responders were able to quickly set up a landing site, and the victim was soon airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for emergency treatment. At first, the victim was listed as in critical condition but has since improved, and he has now been upgraded to stable.

The victim says that his pelvis hurts the most of all his injuries. Since the auto accident, plates and their fastening screws have been attached to his pelvis. He also suffered from a shattered shinbone and ankle. A rod has been put into the leg to secure it below the knee. Despite his injuries, the victim saw pictures of the accident taken by friends and says that he is fortunate to be alive. It remains unclear whether charges are expected against the driver of the pickup truck.

Victims of car accidents often suffer from catastrophic injuries at the hands of distracted or impaired drivers. Oftentimes, these are horrific accidents in which victims suffer injuries to their spinal columns and brains or receive broken bones and deep cuts. These injuries take lots of time to heal and are costly to treat.

Victims injured by drivers they suspected may have been distracted impaired or even operating a defective vehicle should consult with their attorneys about whether civil litigation may be feasible to recover some of their losses. In some cases, an auto accident investigation may determine the insurance liability of an at-fault party. In those cases it may be possible for a victim to recover monetary compensation for his or her injuries and time lost from work.

Source: The Daily Times, “Victim in truck-lawn mower collision recovering” J.J. Kindred, Jul. 24, 2014