When you work in construction, you are constantly surrounded by delivery trucks, heavy equipment, and other vehicles. But you can also sustain injuries in a work-related motor vehicle accident if you work behind a desk most of the time. Anytime you travel for work, even if it's just to get supplies or attend a cross-town meeting, you are at risk of injury in a car or truck accident. When you do suffer injuries in a job-related crash, you want to take all appropriate measures to pursue full and fair compensation.
The construction of a home or office building can be one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Many of the tasks are performed at elevations high above the ground. High-rise construction involves the use of heavy equipment, power tools and complicated machinery. Here are the most common types of accidents that occur on building projects:
Though the weight restrictions on commercial vehicles vary from state to state, under federal guidelines, a semi or 18-wheeler can carry up to 80,000 pounds. When a truck carrying that much weight collides with a passenger vehicle, the consequences can be devastating. Unfortunately, it happens way too often, and for a variety of reasons.
Though motor vehicle accidents often result in serious and catastrophic loss, some of the most painful and debilitating injuries sustained in car crashes don't involve broken bones, head or spinal cord injury, burns or amputation or loss of limb. The impact of a collision with another vehicle can cause whiplash, or can lead to tears, inflammation or other damage to muscles, ligaments and tendons, making it extremely difficult or painful to perform many of the simplest tasks of your daily life. Unfortunately, these soft tissue injuries can take a long time to heal, and can prevent you from working, taking care of your home, or enjoying recreational activities.