Heavy Equipment Accidents in Texas | What You Need to Know
Construction work is hard work, and our construction workers are some of the most ambitious people in the state of Texas. Unfortunately, part of the job is dealing with equipment that is oftentimes dangerous. While construction workers and supervisors do take various precautions, this does not stop these accidents from happening altogether. If you are someone who has been injured in a heavy equipment accident due to no fault of your own, you most likely have a valid personal injury claim. Read on and reach out to our Texas personal injury attorney to learn more about heavy equipment accidents and how we can help if you’ve been hurt in one.
What are the most common types of heavy equipment accidents?
“Heavy equipment accident” is a blanket term that includes accidents and injuries involving the use of various heavy equipment, including cranes, forklifts, bulldozers, haul trucks, and more. In many cases, these accidents are not the result of construction worker negligence, and instead, they are the result of defective equipment, negligent supervisors/equipment owners, and more. In many cases, when workers are insufficiently trained or when those in charge of the construction project violate OSHA regulations, serious accidents can occur as a result. Some of the most common types of heavy equipment accidents that our firm sees are as follows:
- Being crushed by defective machinery
- Truck/forklift/bulldozer rollovers
- In-between vehicle entrapments
- Structure collapses
- Hearing loss due to loud machinery or the failure to provide workers with earplugs
- Highway and street construction accidents
- Accidents involving cranes
What happens if I was injured by defective equipment?
In many cases, as previously mentioned, these accidents are not the fault of any one human on the job, and instead, they are due to defective equipment. This is generally because this equipment is negligently designed or manufactured. As long as you can prove, with the assistance of a knowledgeable Texas personal injury attorney, that you were injured because the product designer or manufacturer failed to account for the safety of those that would be using the product, there is a very good chance that you will have a valid product liability claim. No matter the circumstances of your injury, however, you must ensure that you file your personal injury claim within two years from the date of your accident, in accordance with the state’s statute of limitations.
Contact our experienced Texas firm
No matter your circumstances, if you have been injured in a car accident in Texas, you need not suffer alone–our firm is here to help you through every step of the legal process so that you can focus solely on what matters most: healing, so you can live a happy, productive life for years to come. If you are ready to move forward with your personal injury claim, all you have to do is reach out to The Law Offices of Steve Brannan today and we will begin the claims process.