Farmers and motorists are urged to be cautious as spring fieldwork brings more slow-moving vehicles onto roadways.
Dr. Bryan Weichelt with the National Farm Medicine Center says national statistics are hard to get, but they’ve been tracking Wisconsin fatalities and injuries over the past four years. “In 2019, 15% of all farm fatalities were on a public roadway. In 2020, 18%.” He says, “This doesn’t include non-fatal injuries, you know, folks that were injured and survived but were able to make it back home.”
In 2019, six out of 40 deaths were on roadways, and in 2020, it was five out of 28 deaths.
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