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HIT BY A VEHICLE ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE?
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LAWYERS FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS HIT BY VEHICLES
CAN I SUE IF I GOT HIT BY A VEHICLE WHILE WORKING ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE
Construction workers injured because they were hit by a vehicle on a construction site, happens more often than most people think. Whether you were injured on a roadway construction project by a car, or where hit by a construction vehicle, an unsafe traffic plan or failure to follow safe construction practices, are the usual causes. If you were wondering "Can I sue if I got hit by a vehicle on a construction site", our construction accident lawyers know that the answer is usually yes. If you were hit by a vehicle, while working on a construction site, then you are entitled to sue the driver of the vehicle, and the general contractor, as well as the landowner. You can recover much more than just workers compensation benefits, but can also sue for pain and suffering, lost income and even a reduced earning capacity.
LAWYERS FIGHTING FOR INJURED NEW YORK CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
Construction sites are often hazardous places. Supplies, equipment, and debris move in and out of busy work zones every day. In addition to facing the risk of falls, burns, and saw accidents, workers may be struck by commonly used motorized vehicles, such as trucks, forklifts, and bulldozers. Since many construction employees operate or work in close proximity to them, the risk of being harmed is high. If you were hurt in a vehicle accident while working on a New York building site, you need a skilled and experienced construction injury attorney to advocate on your behalf. For more than two decades, the construction accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC have assisted workers who suffered personal injuries on construction sites throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Westchester and Rockland in pursuing the compensation that they deserve.
VEHICLE ACCIDENTS ON CONSTRUCTION SITES
According to data compiled by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 30 percent of construction industry fatalities across the United States in 2012 involved a transportation incident. This includes collisions that occurred on and off a roadway as well as pedestrian accidents. Building site employees in New York and elsewhere may be struck by a vehicle or by heavy items, such as equipment that may fall from a truck. Construction workers may also become pinned under a piece of mobile equipment like a backhoe. Unfortunately, individuals who are involved in a vehicle accident on a work site can suffer burns, head trauma, paralysis, broken bones, and worse. However, you may be entitled to recover damages for your harm.
CONSTRUCTION WORKERS MUST BE PROTECTED FROM TRAFFIC
Our New York construction accident lawyers know that it is the contractor's responsibility to provide a safe worksite, and that it requires a traffic plan and that the traffic plan must be followed. New York’s Labor Law places a duty on building site owners and general contractors to protect the safety of all construction workers. As part of this responsibility, vehicles used for this work must be properly maintained, and the employees who operate them are required to receive appropriate training. If a developer, owner, or general contractor fails to protect the health and safety of a worker, he or she can be sued when a construction worker is injured.
For decades, good and accepted practices in the construction industry have required that if a construction worker has to work in the street to do their job, they have to be protected from cars, trucks and construction vehicles. The most common methods of protecting construction workers from being hit by traffic is to physically separate the worker from the traffic, by using barriers, such as barricades, jersey barriers or even cones. In cases, where a portion of the street cannot be close off, the common practice is to use flagmen, to control traffic that is adjacent to the construction site, to protect construction workers from being hit by cars.
If you were hit by a car while working on a construction site, because the contractor didn't provide adequate barriers, or a flagman or the flagman didn't do their job, you can sue the contractor and landowner for your injuries.
WORKERS STRUCK BY HEAVY EQUIPMENT
The New York Industrial Code has extensive regulations which are intended to protect construction workers from heavy equipment. These regulations include requirements that the machinery be manned, while the motor is engaged, that only workers that are part of an excavation crew, be within the swing of a boom and many others. The obligation to provide a safe worksite, also requires that machinery operators keep a proper look out and operate construction vehicles in a safe manner. If you were a construction worker who was hit by heavy machinery, you can sue.
STRUCK BY ACCIDENTS
Some of the most common construction worker injuries, involve workers being struck by items that fall from vehicles on construction sites, such as flat beds or pick up trucks that are delivering materials or materials that are being loaded onto or off of vehicles. New York law recognizes that materials on vehicles are supposed to be properly stowed and secured. Also when materials are being transported, they must be appropriately stowed, so that they do not fall off of the truck. New York Courts have recognized that when materials are being loaded on or off of a vehicle and they fall and injure a worker, that is a gravity related risk that must be guarded against. In other workers, under New York law, construction workers are entitled to protection from objects, materials and load that fall from construction vehicles. If you were hurt on a construction site because of a falling object that was being transported, loaded onto or loaded off of a vehicle on a construction site, then you can sue.
POORLY MAINTAINED CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES
Another potential cause of vehicle injuries on construction sites is poorly maintained construction vehicles. If a general contractor chooses not to repair worn brakes on a dump truck, and a worker is run over because the driver of the vehicle could not stop, the contractor will likely be held responsible for the worker’s resulting harm. An injured construction employee may be entitled to receive compensation for his or her lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
CALL OUR DEDICATED CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT LAWYERS TODAY
Regrettably, New York construction workers face a higher risk of job-related injuries and fatalities than people who are employed in any other industry. If you were hurt while working at a building site, you may be able to hold a range of individuals and entities accountable. The dedicated Westchester and NYC construction accident at the Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph are available to answer your questions and help you seek fair compensation. We have worked tirelessly for injured individuals in New York City, as well as throughout Westchester County and other areas of New York.
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