First District Court of Appeal Declares Farm Tractor Is Not a Dangerous Instrumentality


In Rippy v. Shepard, the Plaintiff sued for damages caused when the Defendant’s farm tractor ran over the Plaintiff.  The tractor was being driven by a third party and the plaintiff claimed that Mr. Shepard was liable under the dangerous instrumentality law.  The trial court dismissed the claim and the plaintiff appealed.  The First District Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal, agreeing with Dell Graham’s position that farm tractors were not dangerous instrumentalities under Florida law. The matter was handled in both the trial and appellate courts by Jennifer Lester.