/ Farmer who flipped trespasser's car found not guilty #21
- May 28, 2010
- TX and OK
- Massey 5711D, Kubota L4600, Kubota B2601
How hard do you have to hit a 135Hp John Deere tractor to take the rear tire off with the axle attached and a portion of the rear end?Let me make it crystal clear, I have no problem yielding the right of way to anyone, anytime but when I'm pulling a over width implement like a dis mower for instance and there is no instant place to pull over, I expect the driver of a vehicle to exhibit patience and allow me to get out of the way.
My issues develop when the drivers of said vehicles are in too big of a hurry to exhibit any patience and try to attempt to pass me when there isn't any room to pass. That is when they get to explore the pucker bush.
I have no issue with that and I know of no other farmer that does either
I'm 100% legal as well.
I had one yokel rear end me some years back too. A 4 wheel coffin is no match for a heavy implement and when the local sheriff came, the yokel got a ticket, plus his insurance got to pay for the damage to my implement.
In this state at least towed ag implements have the undisputed right of way as far as the law is concerned on secondary roads.
My philosophy is, you are in that big of a hurry... leave earlier.
I deal with that crap every growing season. Sometimes it ends well (drivers exhibit patience) sometimes it don't. Hopefully this year they will because they are on the loosing end all around.
Apparently, the lad who thought he was in a hurry had a change of mind and wanted to have a conversation with the farmer who was inconsiderately only going ~20MPH. After the firemen helped him out of the tractor and the ambulance crew spoke to him, the Sherrif Deputy spoke to him and then wore his pen out while writing "love notes" to the idiot that hit him while waiting for a tow truck big enough to clear the road.