Understanding Construction Site Accidents

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In 2013, over 67,000 people were injured in crashes in work zones, representing over one percent of total crash accidents nationwide. When construction site accidents happen involving large trucks, they can often cause serious, if not fatal, injuries.

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We drive past construction sites every day and think nothing of it. Highways being repaved. Roads repaired. Buildings are coming up or being demolished. Inside the bubble of our cars or holding cell phones and tuned out while walking down the street, we hardly think about the dangers of construction trucks. For those working on active construction sites, the reality is quite different; construction workers know the dangers of big trucks because they see it every day!

Types of Trucks Found on a Construction Site

Construction sites are a flurry of activity and moving parts. People, heavy machinery and moving vehicles all come together in the same place at once. The trucks that drive back and forth through construction sites are large, very heavy, can transport dangerous materials and have the potential to do lethal damage. Trucks that you can find on a construction site include:

  • Cement mixers
  • Excavators
  • Cranes and cherry pickers
  • Dump trucks
  • Backhoes
  • Graders

Accidents on Construction Sites Due to Negligence

There are countless ways to be injured on a construction site. When large trucks are involved, it is plausible for persons to be run or backed over. Between 2005 and 2010, nearly half of roadway worker fatalities were due to run or backover accidents. Vehicle collisions were the second highest cause of fatality; the third was being caught between objects or getting struck by an object. Because construction trucks are so large and can perform so many functions, they are harder to maneuver and have larger blind spots. The opportunity for negligent handling of these vehicles is extremely high, especially if a worker has not been properly trained.

Cherry pickers, forklifts, and other large construction trucks require intense maintenance and upkeep to adhere to safety standards. Many times, companies “cut corners” to save time, energy and resources. This negligent behavior can lead to fatal accidents. According to the Federal Highway Administration, when accidents occur with construction trucks and a fatality occurs, 80 percent of the time it occurs with the driver of the smaller vehicle involved.

Large companies have even larger insurance agencies protecting them. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident on a construction site, the experienced team at Green Law Firm can protect your rights and see that you are awarded fair and due compensation! Bill Green has years of hands-on experience representing injured parties; let us fight on your behalf! Call us at 888-800-2455 for your no-risk case review. We’ll treat you with integrity and honesty and always fight for your best interest!

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