Wyoming is home to the largest ranches and farms in the United States, with agriculture an important part of the state’s economy.
During harvest season, agriculture producers often rely on open roads to help transport crops to storage facilities with as few delays as possible. This can lead to an increase in farm machinery on the road as well as an increase in the risk of accidents with oversized equipment.
Oversized equipment collisions
The state of Wyoming has limitations in place for certain types of equipment and travel permissions on certain roadways. With regard to oversized vehicles, movements must take place during daylight hours (a maximum of half an hour before sunrise and half an hour after sunset). Certain loads may also require an oversize permit. An increased risk in the following types of accidents is present with oversized equipment or loads:
- Rear-end collisions from extended stopping distances
- Fatal accidents from the weight of the truck
- Tire blowouts that lead to out-of-control vehicles
Colliding with one of these vehicles or pieces of equipment can cause damage similar to that of colliding with a truck, given the size and weight of the vehicle or load.
Injuries with oversized vehicle collisions
Accidents involving large vehicles like trucks, tractors or oversized farm machinery can create serious property damage and bodily injury. Some of the more common injuries are back and neck injuries, broken bones, head or brain trauma, bruising, lacerations and whiplash.
Car accidents are no small matter, especially when they involved oversized equipment or farm loads. Understand the need to share the road with these vehicles, but also understand your increased risk of danger.