If you are driving down the road and pass a homeowner mower their grass with a lawn tractor, and while passing them, a stone flies out of the mower deck and dents your vehicle or chips your windshield. Who is responsible for paying for the damages, you or them?
Same case sinerio, except the stone hits you in the eye or the side of your head. Are you responsible for the medical bills if you need to go to the Doctor?
How about if you are passing a homeowner and they run over a newspaper with their lawn tractor, and the sound of them hitting it or the debri of the paper shooting out from the deck scares the crap out of you so much that you swerve into the other lane and side swipe an oncoming car. Again, who is responsible for paying for the damages?
None of these instances have happened to me, but I think about them each time I pass a homeowner who is mowing, most of which have the mower discharge deflector removed or tied in the upright position, and wonder would they be responsible if they damaged someone's vehicle if they threw a stone? People need to be more considerate when facing the mower discharge towards the road. I realize they do it to try and cut down on the amount of grass clippings laying in their yard, but in most cases, this just falls under the too lazy or just down right stupidity category. I thought about calling my local police department just to see who would be responsible for bills, but I figured I would only be accused of taking up their time, and would be told to call them only when or if the problem ever came about. I do however, think this is a very legitimate question.
I travel 21 miles to and from work, all of which are back country roads. Just about every homeowner I pass, all have lawn tractors, and it never fails. Each one of them always have the discharge pointed towards the road, and none of them ever stop the mower whenever a vehicle is about to pass them. I'm also surprised at the amount of people who don't pick up their newspaper, and just run over it with the lawn mower. Why subscribe to it if you aren't going to read it?
Just wanted to throw this out there, and maybe give some of you something to think about next time you're out mowing your lawn.
P.S. - Maybe I should have posted this in the Safety Thread. If it's better fitted for there, then by all means, change it over to there Moderators.