Construction Vehicle Accident Lawyers in Ohio

A collision with a large construction truck or heavy machinery can lead to devastating injuries. If you are hurt in an accident with a construction vehicle, it’s important to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer. Call KNR Today. Free Consults Available.

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Ohio Construction Vehicle Accidents

The effects of a construction vehicle accident can be overwhelming. You may be unable to return to your job and need months or years of medical care, including surgeries, rehabilitation, or in-home assistance. With your current and future medical costs looming on top of your reduced income, you need to know about recovering compensation for your injuries.

At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we can explain your rights to recover compensation following a construction vehicle accident. Our Ohio truck accident lawyers understand the common complications and nuances of accidents involving construction equipment and are experienced in handling these types of cases.

To learn more, contact KNR today at 1-800-HURT-NOW.

Types of Construction Vehicles

Some of the construction vehicles typically involved in serious, injury causing accidents include:

  • Cranes
  • Truck cranes
  • Bulldozers
  • Front-end, wheel, or bucket loaders
  • Cement mixing trucks
  • Forklifts
  • Dump trucks
  • Earthmovers
  • Backhoes
  • Motor or road graders
  • Road rollers
  • Cold planer or asphalt milling machines
  • Compactors
  • Crawler excavators or diggers

Construction Vehicle Collisions Equal Significant Damage, Injuries & Financial Loss

Most construction industry trucks and vehicles are large, bulky, and incredibly heavy. Due to their mass, even at low speeds, construction vehicles may have a difficult time stopping or changing direction. This offers little opportunity to avoid a collision once the driver notices a hazard, even if the driver recognizes a problem as soon as possible.

It may be impossible to stop or swerve like a small car could. If a driver is not well-trained, unqualified to operate the vehicle, or is not paying attention, then there is an even greater likelihood of an accident since whatever opportunity there was to slow down or change course is lost.

Also, the size and weight of these vehicles means accidents involving them often lead to costly property damage and catastrophic injuries. No matter what issues arise, our number one priority will be to gain maximum compensation for your injuries, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium

Construction Vehicles Injure Pedestrians & Motorists

Local roads and highways in Ohio are consistently under construction, being widened or repaved. Many of our towns and cities are expanding, which means new homes and commercial buildings. You are bound to come close to a construction zone and construction vehicles as a pedestrian on the sidewalk or a motorist.

Unfortunately, the closeness between construction vehicles and pedestrians or motorists means there is an increase in the risk of an accident.

Common Causes of Construction Vehicle Accidents

Construction vehicle accidents do not just happen. They occur due to some of the same issues that cause other car and truck accidents, including:

    Driver error

    A negligent driver is one of the most common reasons for construction vehicle accidents. This may due to distraction, failing to keep a look-out, fatigue, intoxication, or other issues.

    Negligent hiring or retention

    Operators of construction equipment must be properly qualified. There are no exceptions. If a company hired and continued to employ a vehicle operator who did not have the proper license, training, experience, or a clean driving record, then that company may be responsible for your injuries.

    Blind spots

    Construction vehicles have a number of large blind spots, which are dangerous for operators who have to navigate construction equipment around workers and pedestrians. If these drivers are unaware of blind spots, know how to minimize them, and can avoid injuring a person in these areas, they should not be operating a construction vehicle.

    Backover accidents

    – Backing up a construction vehicle is much different and more dangerous than reversing the average personal vehicle. There may not be a direct line of sight behind the vehicle, and depending on the height at which the operator sits, they may not be able to see for yards behind the vehicle.

    Equipment failure

    Construction vehicles are often highly technical pieces of equipment. They need great care and maintenance to ensure they work properly and safely. Without a safe design, proper manufacturing, and continuous care, the likelihood of an equipment failure that could cause an accident increases.

    Improper load

    – Many construction vehicles are used to carry equipment and materials. If the cargo is not properly loaded and balanced, there could be an issue with the vehicle’s operation. Cargo may become dislodged causing an accident, or there could be a greater risk of the vehicle tripping or rolling over.

    KNR’s Construction Vehicle Lawyers Can Help

    If you were injured in an accident with a construction vehicle, contact us at KNR right away. We have years of experience helping individuals recover compensation after tragic accidents.

    We will investigate the accident, determine who is liable, and seek the maximum compensation possible.

    Whatever issues come up, we know federal and state laws regarding construction work and commercial vehicles. We can tenaciously represent you in your fight, ensuring you are treated fairly under the law.

    Hurt by an Ohio Construction Vehicle? Call KNR.

    To learn more about your rights after an accident with a construction vehicle and the process of bringing a personal injury claim, contact us at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free consultation.