NYC Construction Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Construction site with tractors and dump truck

Construction vehicles are large, heavy machines that are difficult to control, even in the best circumstances. So when a vehicle operator makes a mistake or an accident with a construction vehicle occurs in another way, the resulting injuries are often horrific.

At the same time, recovering compensation for your injuries can be challenging. For example, your employer or another liable party might dispute your claim and try to prevent you from obtaining the money you need.

The NYC construction vehicle accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., want to fight for your rights and help you secure fair compensation for your injuries. Many of our attorneys handle more construction accident cases in a year than some firms handle in their lifetime. We have recovered more than half a billion dollars in settlements and verdicts. Let us aggressively pursue maximum compensation for your injuries.

Call us today or visit our contact page for a free case review.

Common Causes of Construction Motor Vehicle Crashes in NYC

Some of the most common causes of construction vehicle accidents in New York include:

  • Driver error – Inadequate training, distractions (such as using a cell phone), fatigue, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to construction vehicle accidents. Additionally, misjudging distances or failing to properly secure loads can contribute to crashes.
  • Equipment malfunction – Faulty brakes, steering systems, or tires can cause accidents if they fail during operation. Poorly maintained vehicles or those with worn-out parts are more likely to experience malfunctions, increasing the risk of accidents on construction sites.
  • Insufficient training – Construction workers without proper training in operating vehicles and equipment are more likely to cause accidents. Employers must ensure their workers are well-trained and knowledgeable about safety procedures to minimize the risk of accidents.
  • Poor site management – Inadequate planning, organization, and communication on construction sites can lead to accidents. Site managers must enforce safety rules, ensure workers are aware of potential hazards, and coordinate tasks to minimize the risk of collisions between vehicles or vehicles and people on foot.
  • Inclement weather – Rain, snow, and ice can make construction site surfaces slippery, increasing the risk of vehicle accidents. Additionally, fog or heavy rain can reduce visibility, making it more difficult for operators to see other vehicles, people, or obstacles.
  • Speeding – Construction vehicles traveling at excessive speeds are more difficult to control and have longer stopping distances, increasing the risk of collisions. Drivers must adhere to speed limits and adjust their driving according to the conditions on the site.
  • Failure to use safety equipment – Operators who do not use seat belts, backup alarms, or other safety equipment put themselves and others at risk. Employers must ensure that all safety equipment is in working order and that workers are trained in its proper use.

Types of Vehicles Involved in Accidents on Construction Sites

The size, weight, and difficulty of controlling construction vehicles are all factors that can cause a collision. Some of the most common types of construction vehicles involved in crashes include:

  • Cranes
  • Forklifts
  • Excavators
  • Loaders
  • Concrete mixers
  • Dump trucks
  • Backhoes
  • Flat-bed trucks
  • Tractor-trailers
  • Pickups and cars

Types of Injuries Resulting from Construction Vehicle Accidents

Construction vehicle accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries, such as:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Crush injuries and compartment syndrome
  • Lacerations and contusions
  • Amputations
  • Internal injuries

Who May Be Liable for a Construction Site Crash?

Determining who is liable for a New York construction site crash is complex, as there are many laws and regulations that affect these cases. Here’s a breakdown of the liability issues in New York construction vehicle accident cases:

  • Liability under NY Labor Law – New York Labor Law 200 and Labor Law 241(6) provide significant legal protections for construction workers, including provisions for vicarious liability. This means the property owner and the general contractor could be liable for the negligence of other parties on the construction site (subcontractors, vendors, etc.), even if they were not directly involved in the accident. Labor Law 241(6) states that employers must provide employees with reasonable and adequate protection at a construction site. Comparative negligence applies in cases involving Labor Law 241(6), meaning injured workers can recover compensation even if they partly caused their injuries. Labor Law 200 says employees have a general duty to provide a safe workplace for their employees. If a contractor’s negligent or intentional actions cause a construction vehicle accident, an injured worker might have the right to compensation for their injuries.
  • Third-party liability – Workers injured in construction vehicle accidents might have a claim against the vehicle’s manufacturer or another third party if their negligence or other actions contributed to the crash. For example, you might have a case against the vehicle’s manufacturer if the collision happened because of a design defect.
  • Workers’ compensation – Most construction workers who are employees in New York have the right to workers’ compensation benefits for job-related injuries, including injuries from construction vehicle accidents. While workers’ comp benefits are not based on fault, they only cover your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages.

Potential Compensation for People Hurt in Construction Vehicle Accidents

Victims of construction vehicle accidents with successful personal injury claims could recover compensation for their:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium or companionship

How Our Law Firm Helps Injured People After Construction Vehicle Accidents

When you choose The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., to represent you after a construction vehicle accident, we can:

  • Investigate the accident – We’ll collect evidence, interview witnesses, and consult with experts to build a strong case.
  • Determine liability – We’ll identify all potentially responsible parties and work to hold them accountable for their negligence.
  • Calculate damages – Our team will assess your injuries and losses to obtain the true value of the compensation you deserve.
  • Negotiate settlements – We’ll handle negotiations with insurance companies and other parties to seek the best possible outcome for you.
  • Take your case to trial – If necessary, we’ll fight for your rights in court to help you obtain the justice you deserve.

Talk to Our NYC Construction Vehicle Accident Attorneys Today

No matter how challenging your case seems, the NYC construction vehicle accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., want to help you pursue the money you need to take care of yourself and your family. Contact us today for a free consultation.