Unattended Bulldozer at Construction SiteIn certain cases bulldozers are left unattended or unlocked, which can be an invitation to serious injuries. These cases all generally have the same set of facts, the bulldozer was left unlocked, it was later started by a trespasser who ultimately ended up causing injury. In these types of cases the owners of the bulldozer would be considered responsible for injuries caused. Courts have reasoned that leaving such dangerous equipment unlocked is dangerous. There is always a highly foreseeable risk that this type of equipment will be tampered with. Bulldozers are considered uncommon types of machinery. Courts understand that there is a high likelihood of tampering or theft with regards to this type of machinery. When a defendant/property owner leaves this type of equipment unlocked they are inviting danger. This is particularly true when a defendant leaves the equipment in a heavily pedestrian trafficked area. It takes investigation of the facts to determine whether a defendant was in fact negligence. In order to make this determination we will generally send our investigators to the scene of the accident in order to determine who is at fault. These investigators will look for witness statements, surveillance footage and other factors, which could assist our case.
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Bulldozer Rear End AccidentsIn certain cases bulldozers are negligently operated on surface streets. As a result they can rear end other motorist causing devastating injuries. Mechanical arms on the bulldozer have powerful moving capabilities and the structure is made of pure steel. As a result any impact to other vehicles will cause instantaneous injury. Even at low speeds this can be devastating to a passenger causing them serious harm. Bulldozers are generally not permitted to be operated on surface streets. However construction crews can negligently operate them on such streets if the construction sites are close by. In other cases they transport heavy loads between construction sites, which can cause an accident. These bulldozers weigh up-to 26tons which can leave the rear ended vehicle at a total loss. Additionally, these types of accidents can happen when the bulldozer or dozer operator is not being properly guided. Particularly when they are transporting equipment or materials their line of sight or vision can be seriously impaired. This can leave other drivers in the surrounding areas as serious risk to injuries.
Common Injuries from Bulldozer AccidentsCommon injuries after a bulldozer accident include the following, while this is not a complete list it does include some of the more common types of injuries which can occur.
- Traumatic brain injury
- Loss of limb or amputation
- Hip fracture
- Facial lacerations
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Knee injuries
- Neurological issues or nerve damage
- Orbital or eye socket injuries
- Traumatic hand injuries
- Loss of consciousness
- Dental damage or issues
- Significant hearing loss after the accident