Construction Accidents and Tractors By Michael Shelton on June 18, 2020

Construction worker on-site

Large equipment and heavy machinery make construction sites inherently dangerous places to work. When accidents are caused by negligence, a construction accident lawyer can help injured parties obtain financial compensation. 

Tractors are frequently used on construction sites to pull or push loads. While they are often used safely, they can be involved in serious construction accidents. At the Shelton Law Firm, attorney Michael E. Shelton strives to help clients injured in construction accidents with tractors in Houston, TX, get the maximum settlement possible for their injuries. If you have been injured while working on a construction site, we encourage you to contact the Shelton Law Firm to discuss your claim. 

Tractors and Construction Sites

When many people think of tractors, they often think of farms. However, tractors are simply vehicles that are used to move land or push or pull loads. On construction sites, they may have a number of different tools attached to complete various tasks, such as a shovel or bulldozer. Depending on the specific needs of the project, they can also range significantly in size.

Many construction site tractors are large and powerful, requiring skill and proper training to operate. Consequently, when mistakes are made, it can lead to serious injuries or even death.

Causes of Tractor Accidents on Construction Sites 

There are many possible causes of tractor accidents on construction sites in Houston. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Employer or tractor owner failing to upkeep maintenance of tractor
  • Error in operation of tractor 
  • Tractor operator inadequately trained to operate tractor
  • Workers distracted or failing to practice proper safety protocols when working with or around tractor
  • Safety and warning signs not properly displayed
  • Product defect in one or more of the tractor's parts 

Types of Injuries in Tractor Accidents

Because the tractors used on construction sites are typically large, heavy, and powerful, they can cause serious injuries when an accident occurs. These injuries may take months or years to recover from, while others may have a lifetime of repercussions. Some common types of injuries from tractor accidents at construction sites include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Injuries from shrapnel
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Loss of limbs

Seeking Compensation for Injuries

Depending on the circumstances of the injury, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, future lost wages, and pain and suffering. When a construction site accident was caused by the negligence of a coworker, employer, or an equipment defect, a construction accident lawyer can help secure a fair settlement through a personal injury lawsuit while also holding negligent parties responsible. During a consultation, Mr. Shelton can walk through the specifics of your case and help you determine if a lawsuit is feasible.

Schedule a Consultation at The Shelton Law Firm

If you live in Houston and have been injured in a construction site injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and other damages. To learn more about what legal remedies may be available to you, please call (713) 807-0700 to schedule a consultation with attorney Michael E. Shelton.

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