New Law Aimed at Reducing Unsecured Load Truck Accidents in Ohio
Posted in: Truck 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.
Some of the construction vehicles typically involved in serious, injury-causing accidents include:
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:
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.
Construction vehicle accidents do not just happen. They occur due to some of the same issues that cause other car and truck accidents, including:
A negligent driver is one of the most common reasons for construction vehicle accidents. This may be due to distraction, failing to keep a lookout, fatigue, intoxication, or other issues.
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.
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.
– 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.
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.
– 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.
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.
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.