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The risk of a crash is higher in construction zones. Among other hazards, dump trucks, backhoes, and other vehicles carrying equipment can collide with motorists traveling through the work zone. We have extensive experience handling Omaha personal injury matters. Our firm’s founding attorney began his career defending insurance companies in high-stakes cases. This knowledge of how the other side works gives us a unique advantage when representing injury victims.
What Types of Construction Vehicles Cause Accidents in Work Zones?
Trucks and heavy equipment vehicles can be seen in any road construction zone. Construction vehicles that commonly cause accidents are:
- Backhoes: Mainly used for excavating and digging trenches, backhoes are complex equipment that requires well-trained operators. When improperly operated, backhoes can cause injury from arm movement, front loader bucket crush injuries, and rollovers due to improperly positioned stabilizer outriggers.
- Dump trucks: A vehicle that rear-ends a dump truck, or collides with one in a front end crash, can slide under the dump truck in a deadly underride accident, which can shear off the roof of the vehicle or crush the windshield. Dump trucks are prone to roll over when cargo is not balanced. Operators may not see other vehicles when backing up or changing lanes.
Other types of construction vehicles that may be involved in accidents include bulldozers, cranes, front-end loaders, cement mixer trucks, road rollers, compactors, road graders, earth movers, forklifts, and cranes.
What Are the Common Causes of Construction Vehicle Crashes?
Construction zones can be chaotic. Construction vehicle accidents in Omaha can happen for a variety of reasons. Common causes include:
- Driver negligence: Construction vehicle operator negligence can occur in different ways, including reckless operation of equipment, or operating distracted, fatigued, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Blind spots: Construction vehicles have blind spots on all four sides. When operators fail to check their blinds, they can cause accidents that could have been prevented.
- Improper loading: When construction vehicles are carrying a load, it must be properly loaded and secured. Otherwise, it could destabilize the truck, causing a rollover, or the load could fall off, creating an obstacle for oncoming vehicles.
- Equipment failure: Construction equipment must be regularly inspected, maintained, and repaired. Worn or defective parts, such as steering components, brakes, or tires, could lead to equipment malfunction and cause an operator to lose control of a construction vehicle.
- Negligent hiring: Construction companies have a duty to screen drivers and equipment operators to ensure they are qualified. Negligent hiring may be a contributing factor in a crash caused by an operator lacking the necessary training, experience, license, or good driving record.
What Types of Injuries Can Construction Vehicle Collisions Cause?
Construction vehicle wrecks can cause injuries that have life-altering consequences for victims. In the most severe cases, injuries can be fatal. Common injuries in this type of accident include:
- Bone fractures
- Chemical burns
- Crush injuries
- Amputation or loss of limb
- Severe thermal burns
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal injuries
- Spinal injury and spinal cord damage
Who Is Responsible for Omaha Construction Vehicle Accidents?
If you have been seriously injured in a construction vehicle accident, you may have a claim for compensation against the responsible party. You may be entitled to claim damages that may include medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other losses. There may be multiple potentially liable parties, including the person operating the truck equipment, the company that owns the equipment, and manufacturers.
The Omaha truck accident lawyers at Bottlinger Law, L.L.C. can investigate your accident to determine fault and liability, asses the full extent of your losses, negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf, and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact us at (402) 505-8234.
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