$1.1 MILLION SETTLEMENT – IMPROPER TAIL LIGHTS ON FARM TRACTOR AT NIGHT CAUSES DEATH

After a long day of working in the fields, a farmer was driving his John Deere tractor on a Stanislaus County public road in the dark with inadequate lights. The farmer should have driven the tractor back to his farm during daylight. A woman driving a Hyundai on West Main Street near Crows Landing Road came up behind the slow moving tractor and could not see it in time to slow down. She swerved across the centerline to avoid colliding with the tractor and collided with an oncoming vehicle, causing the death of a passenger. We represented the wife and children of the deceased passenger, a grocery store operator. We claimed the tractor was in violation of the California Vehicle Code for failure to have a red rear light visible from 500 feet away and that the tractor should have been traveling on the shoulder.