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Vehicle Accidents on Construction Sites: Severe Injuries from Equipment

By Matthew Golitko on October 22, 2014

A gavel over a book of lawThe lawyers of Golitko & Daly take pride in representing injured workers in the greater Indianapolis area. Our construction accident attorneys know that industrial workplace injuries can be debilitating, causing long-term disability. Some are so serious that they may prove fatal.

Construction accidents that involve vehicles are particularly serious. We'd like to consider accidents that involve smaller vehicles such as Cushman-brand haulers and other motorized equipment right now.

Construction Site Vehicles Require Training and Experience

Even though Cushman vehicles seem like they should be extremely easy to drive as soon as you're in one, the fact of the matter is that training and experience are vital for properly handling them. These factory, warehouse, and worksite vehicles are sometimes trickier to operate than you may think. There's also the issue of weight distribution, blindspots, and proper loading, unloading, hauling, and hitching to consider, all of which distinguish the driving experience of these vehicles from run-of-the-mill passenger trucks and other automobiles.

Supervision and Safety Are Key at Work Sites

The employees at a construction site and industrial workplace should be given proper training when it is their duty to operate these kinds of work vehicles. Supervisors and more experienced employees who have used these Cushman vehicles should be present to provide instruction and offer some basic tips about vehicle use and safety to the drivers. Proper safety equipment should be worn while operating these work vehicles as well.

All Vehicles Should Be Properly Maintained

In addition to training and supervision, it's imperative that all vehicles be properly serviced to ensure that they are in proper working order. This is just more common sense safety. Not only will employees be less likely to be involved with accidents, but routine maintenance will also extend the life of the work vehicle and save companies money in the long run.

Serious Injuries Can Lead to Lifelong Changes

Even with smaller Cushman vehicles, the dangers of work vehicle accidents need to be taken seriously. Drivers and passengers might be thrown out of the work vehicle, and being struck or crushed by even a small factory vehicle can cause broken bones, spinal injuries, and far worse. These kinds of accidents can limit your physical abilities for years to come, perhaps even the rest of your life.

What Supervisors and Companies Should Do to Play It Safe

Be sure to speak with every worker about safety at the construction site, and be sure that anyone who operates the Cushman vehicles or similar vehicles at the construction site have experience operating said vehicles. Provide ample lighting if work is being done at night, and make sure that there are clear throughways for the vehicle to drive on.

How Our Legal Team Can Help After a Vehicular Accident

If negligence by a supervisor or other employees led to your injury while operating a Cushman or similar vehicle, our team is here to help. We will collect damages to cover your medical bills and other losses and will make sure that you receive workers' compensation for the injuries that you have sustained. We will also seek punitive damages if the injuries were especially severe and the circumstances resulting in the accident particularly egregious.

Get In Touch with Our Construction Accident Lawyers

To learn more about your legal options following a serious injury at a construction site or at an industrial worksite, be sure to contact our construction worker injury law firm today. The legal team at Golitko & Daly will fight diligently for you and your loved ones every step of the way.

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