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Dump truck and other construction vehicle accidents

Skilled Construction Vehicle Accident Lawyers

Serving Personal Injury Clients Throughout California

Construction vehicles can cause extensive damage in an accident on a work site or with another vehicle on a roadway. Because of their size, the weight of the loads they carry and the materials they transport, drivers and passengers can be severely injured or killed in an auto accident. If you have been involved in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, you need aggressive legal representation. At Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP California, we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Our experienced, results-driven attorneys serve clients throughout California.

We handle construction auto accident cases involving:

  • Dump trucks
  • Construction cranes
  • Cement mixers
  • Fuel trucks
  • Asphalt trucks
  • Road graders

If you or your loved one was the victim of a car accident with a construction vehicle, we urge you to seek prompt legal counsel. There are time limitations for filing a lawsuit against the people, company or companies that caused your accident.

Contact us for a free initial consultation.

Struck-By Accidents***

“The following Case Reports of vehicle accidents investigated by OSHA illustrate how seemingly innocent workplace activities can have deadly consequences.

  • An employee was operating a bulldozer at the top edge of a sloped drainage ditch. The bulldozer began to slide down the side of the snow and ice covered excavation, tipped over on its side, and pinned the operator under the roll bars. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
  • A contractor was operating a backhoe when an employee attempted to walk between the swinging superstructure of the backhoe and a concrete wall. As the employee approached from the operator's blind side, the superstructure hit the victim, crushing him against the wall. Employees had not been trained in safe work practices, and no barricades had been erected to prevent employee access to a hazardous area.
  • A safety "over travel" cable attached between the frame and the dump box of a dump truck caught on a protruding nut of an airbrake cylinder. This prevented the dump box from being fully raised. The driver, apparently assuming that releasing the cable would allow the dump box to continue upward, reached over the frame and disengaged the cable with his right hand. The dump box then dropped suddenly, crushing his head.
  • A worker was driving a front-end loader up a dirt ramp onto a lowboy trailer. The tractor was not centered and the tread slipped off the trailer. When the tractor began to tip, the operator jumped from the cab. As he hit the ground, the tractor's rollover protective structure fell on top of him, crushing him. The tractor was not equipped with seatbelts.”

If you have suffered a construction related vehicular accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact us to seek the compensation and peace of mind you deserve.

Tactically and Technically Proficient

With our extensive experience in personal injury law and a technical understanding of physics of motion, we will bring strategic insight to your case. We know how roadways are constructed, how automobiles work.

Uncovering Liability

We are committed to a thorough investigation and to identifying all potential sources of liability. The driver of the construction vehicle, a general contractor or the truck's owner may all be responsible.

If the accident was caused by a malfunction such as faulty brakes or a design defect in the construction vehicle, we may be able to help you bring a product liability claim against its manufacturer.

Construction vehicle accidents can result in permanent brain or spinal cord injuries and disability. We can help you recover the compensation you need for your health care bills, rehabilitative equipment and living expenses. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, we can help you pursue a wrongful death claim.

Our firm is committed to getting you the highest possible financial recovery for your injuries. We will not charge you attorney fees unless we obtain compensation. We have a record of successful cases, and we have recovered millions of dollars for clients.

Contact us to discuss your case. If you have been injured, we are available to travel to a construction site quickly for emergency situations, or we can meet you in the hospital, in your home, or in another convenient location.

** From the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration website: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/construction/struckby/fatexstruck1.html