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    Law Suit on Dangerous Mowing While Backing

    Here is a link to a news article on the issues relating to mowing while backing. It makes me wonder about the override button on my 1025R, will there be one on 2019 models? Will there be mirrors or video installed?

    The article points out many issues surrounding this poor girl. It is just so sad to think how messed up one man can make others.

    Oregon law suit.

    Girl who lost her leg awarded $12.25 million in Springfield lawn mower injury case | Local | Eugene, Oregon

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    I'd say there is some serious drama going on in that family that's worthy of a Dr. Phil episode for the daughter to sue her own father. Yeah, it sucks she lost her leg; but was it an accident or negligence?

    Just based on the limited information presented in the article; I'd say dad was negligent in numerous ways, while Deere and the dealer were not at fault. My old L-130 from that time period had the RIO (lawyer) switch and plenty of warnings in the manual about avoiding mowing while backing up.
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    The dad sounds like a grade A POS, and the girls lawyer was correct in making sure she got some of his judgment (the court kind - I hope her brains are better than his pervy gray matter ).

    Lawyers are the ones who make out on these cases. After appeals, even if the verdict stands the $$$ is usually whittled down to where it might buy a nice house and some new cars, but the lawyers fees over the two decades will eat most of the cake.
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    The girl will be over 20 years old when her dad gets out of prison. And then be in debt for the rest of his life. Knowing he did this to his daughter along with that sentence? That's a lot of punishment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rakane View Post
    Here is a link to a news article on the issues relating to mowing while backing. It makes me wonder about the override button on my 1025R, will there be one on 2019 models? Will there be mirrors or video installed?

    The article points out many issues surrounding this poor girl. It is just so sad to think how messed up one man can make others.

    Oregon law suit.

    Girl who lost her leg awarded $12.25 million in Springfield lawn mower injury case | Local | Eugene, Oregon
    This sort of "blame everyone, sue everyone" scenario really irritates me. People should take responsibility for their own actions. Remember the McDonalds coffee spill law suit? The LAST thing I want is more cumbersome, distracting safety equipment on my tools. How can John Deere possibly be responsible for this tragic accident? We'll all suffer for this.

    My brother-in-law once said that even if a mower deck had a huge warning label that read "In case you're too stupid to know better, putting your hand under the mower deck can get your fingers chopped off." Someone would sue because they didn't KNOW they were stupid and the label was therefore inadequate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
    The girl will be over 20 years old when her dad gets out of prison.

    And then be in debt for the rest of his life.

    Knowing he did this to his daughter along with that sentence? That's a lot of punishment.
    He will not be in debt one second,,
    his homeowners insurance will be on the hook for that money,,,

    That is the purpose of these "family" lawsuits,,, get from your own family

    through the "family" insurance.
    If he had enough money to afford a mower, the home was insured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RodW View Post
    This sort of "blame everyone, sue everyone" scenario really irritates me. People should take responsibility for their own actions. Remember the McDonalds coffee spill law suit? The LAST thing I want is more cumbersome, distracting safety equipment on my tools. How can John Deere possibly be responsible for this tragic accident? We'll all suffer for this.

    My brother-in-law once said that even if a mower deck had a huge warning label that read "In case you're too stupid to know better, putting your hand under the mower deck can get your fingers chopped off." Someone would sue because they didn't KNOW they were stupid and the label was therefore inadequate.
    Story I heard, and it may just be a story, is some IDIOT wanted to use a push mower to trim his hedges and lost fingers when he picked it up to try his hedge trimming idea.
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    I would guess the father routinely gave the daughter rides on the mower, and when she saw it, wanted a ride and ran towards it.
    I NEVER gave rides to my daughters with my mower!

    I see this a lot. Someone mowing with a very small child on their lap or one leg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    He will not be in debt one second,,
    his homeowners insurance will be on the hook for that money,,,

    That is the purpose of these "family" lawsuits,,, get from your own family

    through the "family" insurance.
    If he had enough money to afford a mower, the home was insured.
    i never had given that a thought about the home owners insurance having to pay out.

    i have to say this is just a stupid sue bunch of baloney. yeah i feel sorry for the girl losing her leg, but why punish everyone else for a mistake. jeepers.
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    Children or pets , everybody wants them but do not have the patience to take of them . What the **** is a 2 yr old child out running around while you are mowing ? RIO , that child will be dead long BEFORE the child gets to the deck ! Kevin .
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