Updated August 22, 2023 | By Chris Stevenson
Construction sites are bustling with large, noisy, powerful machines like forklifts, bulldozers, and excavators, essential for building and renovation projects. However, if not handled properly, these vehicles can pose significant dangers. Unfortunately, construction vehicle accidents can result in severe injuries and even fatalities for workers and bystanders.
Construction site accidents aren’t limited to those directly involved in the project. These accidents can happen for many reasons, such as:
A construction site has many different types of vehicles, machinery, and equipment. Most, if not all of them, have the potential to cause injury. However, how they cause harm can differ based on how the vehicle functions. The following vehicles are some of the most common construction vehicles that cause damage:
A forklift is a vehicle with a large “forked” platform in the front designed to lift objects off a pallet and transport them to different locations at a job site. They are commonly found at construction sites, warehouses, dockyards, and more.
In 2020 alone, forklifts injured 7,290 people and killed 78. These injuries typically occur when a forklift strikes or rolls over someone or crushes an individual against an object. Finally, because forklifts lift heavy objects, someone can suffer a forklift injury if the object falls and strikes them.
Used for lifting heavy materials to significant heights, cranes can lead to accidents if not properly secured, balanced, or maintained. Collapses, falling payloads, and direct impacts from cranes can result in severe injuries or even death.
With their immense size and power, construction workers frequently use excavators for digging, moving soil, and other construction tasks. Malfunctioning excavators can cause injuries through crushing, striking, or pinning individuals. Falling debris from the bucket can cause severe injury.
Aside from their on-site operations, concrete mixer trucks can pose risks on highways due to their size and blind spots. Collisions involving these trucks can have devastating consequences, and the force of impact can cause severe injuries or fatalities.
Dump truck accidents can occur both on and off construction sites. Uncovered and unsecured payloads can scatter debris, striking other cars or pedestrians. Because of their size, a collision between a dump truck and a typical car can be deadly.
Similar to other construction vehicles, these machines have their specific hazards. Backhoes, graders, frontloaders, and bulldozers can cause collisions, crushing incidents, or rollovers.
Due to their size and power, construction vehicles can cause severe injury. “These injuries can have both short-term and long-term effects on victims. The most common construction vehicle injuries include:
After you’ve been in an accident, you may wonder what caused it and whose fault it was. Identifying the cause can help establish responsibility for the accident. Every construction injury is different, but an accident may occur for the following reasons:
One or more workers acted negligently or inappropriately. Sometimes this is because they needed proper training in operating the construction vehicle. Other times, a supervisor failed to spot safety hazards.
It is important to always follow routine maintenance when working with construction vehicles. Construction vehicles are heavy and perform hard work that puts a lot of stress on their parts. Suppose the vehicles’ parts are not calibrated, cleaned, and replaced according to manufacturer recommendations. In that case, the vehicle is more likely to fail or work inconsistently. The vehicle may behave unpredictably, start or stop suddenly, or unexpectedly drop what it’s carrying.
The construction site itself may be to blame for some construction vehicle accidents. Suppose the ground of a construction site is not sturdy. When a vehicle weighing several tons drives across it, the ground may shift or collapse. The vehicle may tip or roll over, causing injury to the driver and anyone in the vehicle’s path.
Sometimes, everyone at the construction site can do everything by the book. However, an accident may still occur if a construction vehicle is faulty. If only one small part is defective, the entire vehicle can malfunction, causing a devastating accident.
Once you can determine why a construction accident happened, you can deduce who may be at fault. Generally, one or more parties may be liable when an accident occurs.
These parties include:
If you’ve been injured in a construction vehicle accident and believe the driver, company, or vehicle manufacturer was at fault, contact an attorney immediately to review your case.
If a construction vehicle causes you physical harm, the most important thing is to take care of your health. Once you’re stable and on the road to recovery, you should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your case.
After an injury, take the following steps:
A construction vehicle accident can have devastating and lifelong consequences. If you have suffered injuries from a forklift, excavator, bulldozer, or other construction vehicle, you may be able to recover damages. At WKW, our construction accident attorneys have tried many similar cases. Contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers today for a free case evaluation.
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