Of the 122 fatal occupational injuries incurred at road construction sites that occurred over a seven-year period, almost 70 percent were collisions involving either vehicles or mobile equipment going in the same direction or a vehicle or mobile equipment striking a stopped vehicle or mobile equipment. Twenty-nine deaths resulted from accidents that involved three or more vehicles or pieces of mobile equipment. There is an important difference between a standard passenger car accident and wrecks involving skip loaders. Only a few parties sort through a car accident claim, but there are often multiple parties involved in a skip loader wreck.
With more than 28 years of experience, we know how to navigate the complicated process of determining liability in claims involving large insurance companies, construction companies, contractors, and subcontractors, as well as manufacturers and other parties that may be linked with a lawsuit.
Negligent causes of collisions between skip loaders and cars
When skip loaders are involved in a collision with an automobile, it is generally the smaller passenger vehicle that sustains the most damage, causing injury to the driver and passengers. The size and weight of skip loaders make them difficult to maneuver and stop, and colliding with another vehicle carries a heavy impact.
Meticulously exploring all of the factors leading up to the collision will help determine the cause and party at fault. Some of the negligent causes of skip loader accidents include:
- Failure to obey traffic lights or signs
- Improper passing
- Failure to use signals
- Inexperienced driver
- Unsafe or hazardous conditions
- Defects in the skip loader's design
- Faulty parts and other equipment
- Failure to properly secure heavy loads
- Inadequate warning signs
Liable parties in skip loader wrecks
A collision involving a skip loader can easily result in catastrophic injury and even death. These injuries may leave you with devastating financial costs, such as emergency care, overwhelming medical bills, lost wages, and long-term personal care. There may be multiple parties that are responsible for the collision and your damages, including:
- The driver
- The owner of the skip loader
- The company that leased the skip loader
- The company which employs the driver
- The manufacturer of the vehicle or its parts
You deserve additional compensation following this type of accident to help you with certain expenses. It’s not uncommon for victims of a crash like this to suffer severe medical conditions. If you’re injured, you have no idea how long you’ll suffer from that injury. You might be hospitalized, you might be out of work while you recover, and you might need months of rehabilitation for your injuries. If your accident caused mental or emotional trauma, you’re also legally entitled to compensation to help cover the cost of treatment and medications for those issues.
When we take your case, we investigate the cause of the incident to determine if vehicle defects, negligence on the part of the operator or general contractor, or other factors contributed directly to the accident and subsequent injuries. Our attorney can then help you build a strong case to secure the compensation and benefits to recover as quickly and comfortably as possible.
Injured in an accident with a skip loader? Contact us
At the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm, a significant portion of our practice is dedicated to helping people injured in auto accidents involving skip loaders and other types of heavy machinery.
We handle all types of personal injury claims involving commercial vehicles.
By standing up to the insurance and construction companies, we help accident victims and their families pursue maximum compensation and benefits to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
When you need the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer, don't hesitate to reach out to us at the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm. Located in Elk Grove, we work with clients throughout California.
Complete our free case evaluation form or call 916.714.8200 to schedule your free initial consultation. We handle cases on a contingency fee structure, meaning you pay no legal fees unless we recover.