An 8-year-old girl was severely injured in a backover accident on her parent’s farm in 2007. The girl’s father was using the farm owner’s utility tractor to mow around the trailer on the land where he lived with his family. The girl came from behind him and got caught in the blades of the mower because her father backed up the mower at the same time. As a result, one of her legs had to be amputated.
The manufacturer of the lawnmower argued that the lawn tractor was intended for commercial use only; however, this lawnmower is routinely used to mow school yards and anywhere you expect to see kids. The plaintiffs won in a settlement just a year later.