Whether it’s a Clark Michigan C25L forklift that’s only 8.5 ft. end to end, or a Liebherr T 284 mining truck with a payload capacity of 360 metric tons, construction vehicles can be extremely dangerous. Cranes, tractors, hoists, and dump trucks are all big, heavy, and are often controlled by complex machinery. When something goes wrong, they can do a lot of damage.
Accidents can happen when a vehicle is being operated by someone without the proper training. They can happen when a manager isn’t giving his or her employees proper breaks. And they can happen when equipment isn’t properly maintained, or suffers from a particular design flaw. When accidents happen on the road, a sleep-deprived or intoxicated driver may be at fault. It may be because the vehicle was improperly loaded or because of bad weather. In any of these scenarios, the potential risk to other drivers, workers, and nearby property can be incredibly high.
Find out how construction vehicles are dangerous and discover what causes the hazards associated with these types of trucks and tractors.
When an accident takes place, who’s at fault? Is it the worker who didn’t have the proper training? Was it the site manager who wasn’t following OSHA regulations? Was it the manufacturer of the vehicle, or those who last performed maintenance on it? No two accidents are exactly alike. And as we see, they can be caused by any number of individuals for any number of reasons. Figuring out who’s responsible requires a detailed and specific understanding of the roles and responsibilities or those involved, as well as the rules and regulations they’re all required to follow.
In the past, Lyons & Simmons has worked extensively with investigators and industry experts to determine exactly who’s responsible when a construction vehicle accident takes place. Our experience has taught to recognize when those involved are trying to shift blame onto other parties, and how to get the best results for those we represent.
Construction accident victims might have broken bones, contusions, head injuries, muscle damage, whiplash, or spinal injuries. If you or someone you love was injured in a construction vehicle accident, make sure you contact our personal injury lawyers immediately to discuss your rights.