Legal Options if Injured in a Construction Vehicle Accident
Construction trucks and machines are large, and a collision with one of them can lead to devastating injuries. If you are hurt in an accident with a large construction vehicle, it’s important to speak with a knowledgeable Ohio injury lawyer as soon as possible.
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. No matter what issues arise, our number one priority will be to gain maximum compensation for your injuries, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
To learn more, contact KNR today at 1-800-HURT-NOW.
Construction Vehicles Create Risks for Pedestrians and Motorists
There is no way to avoid construction zones in Ohio. Local roads and highways are consistently under construction, being widened or repaved. Many of our towns and cities are expanding, which means new homes and commercial buildings. Whether as a pedestrian on the sidewalk or a motorist, you are bound to come within close proximity of a construction zone and construction vehicles. Unfortunately, the closeness between construction vehicles and pedestrians or motorists means there is an increase in the risk of an accident.
Some of the construction vehicles typically involved in accidents include:
- Truck cranes
- Front-end, wheel, or bucket loaders
- Cement mixing trucks
- Dump trucks
- Motor or road graders
- Road rollers
- Cold planer or asphalt milling machines
- Crawler excavators or diggers
Construction Vehicles Cause Significant Damage and Injuries
You do not see many dainty construction vehicles. Most of them 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.
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 – One of the most common reasons for construction vehicle accidents is a negligent driver. 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 not aware of blind spots, know how to minimize them, and can avoid injuring a person in these areas, then 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 a great deal of 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.
Our Experienced Ohio Construction Vehicle Accident Lawyers Are Here to 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.
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.