One of the most dangerous types of vehicles to have on the road is heavy equipment vehicles. Heavy equipment vehicles are vehicles like construction equipment trucks that move under their own power. For example, a backhoe is a pretty common piece of heavy equipment that you see on the road. Although these vehicles usually move pretty slow they can still have the potential to cause major accidents. It can be difficult for operators of heavy equipment to see properly and they might not be paying attention to traffic as much as they should be due to those slow speeds. When you are in an accident with a piece of heavy equipment, either the operator or the construction company that owns the equipment may be at fault, and you might need a heavy equipment accident lawyer to represent you.
However, being involved in a collision with a piece of heavy equipment is not the only way that you can be involved in an accident or be injured by a piece of heavy equipment. In fact, you might be the operator of the equipment in question or you might be one of the workers on the ground. For both of these types of people, tipping and rollover accidents are more common than construction companies would like to admit. In fact, according to research published in the Journal of Safety Research, half of the deaths of heavy equipment operators can be attributed to rollover accidents.
Sometimes, heavy equipment may back up suddenly without the operator taking the time to look behind. This could spell disaster for anyone standing there. In addition, heavy equipment operators may suffer injuries themselves in other ways such as becoming disabled due to repetitive motion injuries that are causes by long hours of performing the same action over and over again. Hearing loss is also a pretty common disability among heavy equipment operators.
If you were involved in a collision with a piece of heavy equipment, or you are a heavy equipment operator who has suffered an injury as the result of that operation, then you might need a heavy equipment accident lawyer to represent you and make sure that you are going to get the compensation you deserve from the construction company or the heavy equipment manufacturer. An experience heavy equipment accident attorney can represent you against these companies and make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injury.