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Motorcyclist dies after colliding with tractor

With summer right around the corner, farming season in Wisconsin is in full swing. This means that drivers need to be aware of the potential for farm machinery to be out on the road. It is completely legal for farming machines to be on public roads, however certain restrictions apply. For example, machines that travel slower than 25 miles per hour are required to have an orange triangle or SMV emblem displayed on the back. This warns faster moving vehicles that they are approaching a vehicle that is moving slow so they can adjust their speed in time to accommodate the slower moving vehicle. It is also important to remember that tractors and other farm machinery do not handle the same way that automobiles do when turning, slowing down or speeding up.

A fatal motorcycle accident occurred recently in Manitowoc County when a biker crashed into the back of a farm machine. The machine was a corn planter that was driven by a 55-year-old man. It was headed eastbound when the 53-year-old biker, who was also headed eastbound, collided with it at around 7:15 a.m. The tractor operator was not injured in the accident, but the biker, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered fatal injuries.

Although authorities are still investigating the accident, the farmer involved and the family of the biker killed in this accident may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney. Doing so may help them protect their interests and receive compensation for the damages incurred as a result of the crash.

Source:, “Motorcyclist killed in Meeme,” May 27, 2014

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