Construction Accidents Involving Bulldozers By Michael Shelton on July 22, 2021

Construction vehicle toys spelling out “safety” with blocksConstruction is generally considered as one of the most dangerous industries. Thousands of construction workers are injured each year, and too many of those injuries result in fatalities. While there are many hazards at a typical construction site, a large number of construction accidents involve construction vehicles, like bulldozers.

Construction accidents involving bulldozers are extremely dangerous. These large, heavy vehicles can catastrophically injure or kill a construction worker or bystander. Victims of bulldozer accidents in the Houston, TX, area can work with construction accident attorney Michael E. Shelton to pursue financial compensation for accident damages.

Types of Bulldozer Construction Accidents

Any time that a construction worker is operating or working around heavy equipment or machinery, they must be extremely cautious. Bulldozer accidents are particularly dangerous, because these heavy vehicles could easily crush a worker or nearby bystander.

Some of the most common types of bulldozer construction accidents involve:

  • A bulldozer running over a person
  • A bulldozer crushing or pinning a person between objects
  • A bulldozer tipping or rolling over

Bulldozer rollovers are most common when the vehicle is near a ledge or on an incline or uneven surface.

Causes of Bulldozer Accidents

One of the most tragic things about bulldozer accidents is that most are completely preventable. Unfortunately, proper care and caution is not always taken, and many of our Houston clients suffer as a result. Common causes of bulldozer construction accidents include:

  • Driver inexperience or lack of training
  • Driver distraction or inattention
  • Unsafe worksite conditions
  • Working in inclement weather
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Vehicle malfunction or defective parts

Compensation for Damages

Individuals who are injured in bulldozer construction accidents deserve to be compensated for their losses, which are likely to include medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. If a bystander is injured in a bulldozer accident, Houston-based attorney Michael E. Shelton can assist them in going after liable parties for the full extent of their damages.

When construction workers are injured in a bulldozer accident, they must file a workers compensation claim. Workers compensation covers accident losses such as medical expenses and lost wages. Unfortunately, workers compensation does not provide coverage for pain and suffering, nor do they offer punitive damages. Depending on the details of the accident, our Houston clients may be able to pursue these types of damages by filing a lawsuit against their employer or a third party who is liable for the accident.

What If An Accident Is Fatal?

If a bulldozer accident is fatal, it may be grounds for wrongful death litigation. The deceased victim's surviving family members have the right to pursue financial compensation for losses such as medical expenses, lost source of income, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of consortium. Michael E. Shelton can guide surviving family members through this process so that they have time to focus on their grief and healing.

Contact Our Law Firm to Learn More

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, attorney Michael E. Shelton is ready to work on your behalf to maximize compensation for damages. To discuss the details of your accident, send us a message online, or call our Houston law office at (713) 807-0700 and schedule a case review.

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Michael E. Shelton

The Shelton Law Firm

Personal injury attorney Michael E. Shelton has been representing victims of catastrophic injuries in Houston, Texas, for nearly 50 years. He is proud to be a union card holder as a journeyman pipefitter and General Counsel for the Texas Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO. He is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:

  • The Texas Bar Association
  • The Houston Bar Association
  • The Louisiana State Bar
  • The Louisiana Association for Justice

If you are the victim of a personal injury, schedule a free consultation with The Shelton Law Firm today by contacting us online or calling (713) 807-0700.

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