NEWS Michigan farm vehicle accidents on the rise

While tractors are commonly found in farm fields, the law allows them to be driven on most roads. Accidents involving farm vehicles have increased in Michigan, according to Michigan State Police.

Accidents involving farm vehicles in Michigan are up from last year as farmers wrap up their duties for the harvest season, officials said.

State police reported 168 accidents involving agricultural vehicles as of October 28. During the same period in 2021, there were approximately 150 accidents. In 2021, there were 195 traffic accidents involving agricultural equipment and 5 fatalities.

Agricultural vehicles refer to vehicles used to lift or carry agricultural production tools. They include tractors, trailers, combines, plows and wagons.

According to the state police report for 2021, there were 23 accidents involving farm vehicles in November, more than any other month.Accidents are more likely to happen between 12pm and 5pm

“They need to move the equipment up and down the countryside to get from farm to field and field to market,” said Ernie Birchmeier, a livestock and dairy specialist with the Michigan Farm Bureau.

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