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Construction Site Car Accidents in Queens

Within a construction project involving four-wheeled machinery and large vehicles, several preventive measures are taken. No one can operate these vehicles, but drivers who have undergone prior training and have the necessary experience to handle these machines. 

However, accidents related to these large vehicles within construction projects continue to occur. Can you imagine the consequences of a big rig hitting or running over a construction worker? Maybe a tractor hitting a group of workers? 

Or a backhoe loader hitting a group of engineers working on a construction site? It is very unlikely that they will live to tell the tale. Survivors of accidents have contacted The Ward Law Group for assistance in obtaining compensation for the damages they suffered. 

Due to the years of experience we have and the number of similar cases we have worked on, we have decided to share valuable information on this topic with all our readers. We want a much more informed Queens community, aware of their rights, that has notions about how to proceed in these types of cases. Hence, any negligence goes unpunished and the search for justice can prevail as one of the principles on which to build a more equitable city for all. 

A construction car accident attorney from our team will guide you through the entire process involved in dealing with these types of events. From the first moment we make contact with you, our firm's core value of serving others will be evident. 

We do not want to give these cases a strictly legal approach but also a human and emotional approach, in which we find a holistic way for you to regain peace of mind in your life. Believe us it is best to delegate these types of cases to the experts. 

It is not good that you have to deal on your own with all that is involved in dealing with these unfortunate events. You need the support of our professionals to understand how to proceed and how to integrate this situation into your life. All the happy endings we have seen in recent years followed this formula, the path of fully accepting what happened to them and trusting that the pursuit of justice is a worthy principle that must be upheld. 

Accidents involving vehicles and construction sites are a possibility in Queens, a dynamic urban environment marked by ongoing construction projects. These incidents can occur for a variety of reasons, including driver negligence or dangerous road conditions around construction. Join us as we review together more about this type of phenomenon. By the end of reading this post, you will undoubtedly be a more informed citizen. 

Accidents involving vehicles on construction sites present particular difficulties that call for a thorough comprehension of both construction procedures and legal complexities. Legal experts with experience in construction site car accidents are needed to navigate the aftermath of such accidents. In this section, we examine the fundamental ideas underlying these incidents and the critical function performed by specialized legal representation. 

Our team's years of experience in representing clients involved in these types of cases has allowed us to identify aspects such as the most common scenarios that trigger them and the vital importance of having a construction car accident lawyer on your side to deal with the case. 

Definition and Common Scenarios of Car Accidents on Construction Sites 

  • Vehicle-Worker Incidents: Due to poor visibility or unexpected movements, construction workers' vehicles, such as dump trucks and excavators, may collide with other workers or buildings. 
  • Crane Accidents: Cranes moving materials may strike other construction equipment, buildings, or even workers if there is a communication breakdown or an operator error. 
  • Forklift Mishaps: Forklift operators and nearby workers may sustain injuries if they collide with stationary objects, injure structures, or tip over while transporting materials. 
  • Construction Zone Rear-Ends: In congested construction zones, vehicles may rear-end each other due to sudden stops, resulting in a chain reaction of collisions. 
  • Negligent Lane Changes: Inattentive lane changes by drivers passing construction sites can result in side-swiping other vehicles or construction equipment. 
  • Pedestrian Accidents: Construction workers on foot could be struck by vehicles within the construction area in Queens, NY, if drivers fail to notice them or fail to yield. 
  • Distracted Driving Collisions: Construction-related distractions can cause drivers to lose sight of stationary or slowly moving vehicles, which can result in rear-end collisions. 
  • Intersection Conflicts: The possibility of T-bone collisions and sideswipes can increase when intersections close to construction sites become chaotic. 
  • Delivery Vehicle Accidents: Delivery trucks entering construction zones run the risk of colliding with equipment or buildings due to the difficulty of navigating the terrain. 
  • Debris-Related Collisions: Loose debris from construction activities, such as gravel or building materials, can lead to skidding, loss of control, and collisions. 

These examples demonstrate the variety of circumstances that can result in auto accidents on construction sites and emphasize the demand for specialized legal assistance in these challenging circumstances. 

Differences Between General Personal Injury Lawyers and Those Specializing in Construction Site Car Accidents 

  • General personal injury lawyers may lack the specific knowledge needed to navigate construction-related legal complexities. 
  • The rules, safety requirements, and liability considerations that apply to the construction industry are understood by attorneys who focus on car accidents on construction sites. 
  • Specialized lawyers are adept at identifying differences between accidents caused by construction-specific factors and those resulting from standard traffic issues. 

Some additional benefits of having a specialist in this legal area on your side are the following: 

  • Expert Evidence Gathering: Specialized construction site accident lawyers adeptly gather site-specific evidence, such as safety protocol adherence and equipment maintenance records, strengthening your case. 
  • Comprehensive Workers' Compensation Insight: Understanding the intricacies of workers' compensation claims unique to construction sites ensures your rights as an injured worker are protected. 
  • Navigating Complex Liability: Specialized attorneys navigate complex scenarios involving multiple parties, ensuring all responsible parties are held accountable. 
  • Industry-Specific Regulations: Construction law experts interpret rules specific to the sector and offer individualized advice based on your case. 
  • Maximizing Compensation Potential: Comprehensive compensation, covering medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional distress, is the goal of specialized representation. 
  • Efficient Case Building: Construction site accident attorneys streamline the case-building process by quickly identifying crucial evidence. 
  • Negotiating with Insurers: Specialized construction site accident attorneys negotiate with insurance companies from a position of strength, seeking just settlements on your behalf. 
  • Strategic Legal Strategies: Lawyers skilled in this niche field devise tailored legal strategies, optimizing your chances of a favorable outcome. 
  • Injury Severity Awareness: Specialized lawyers understand the varied impacts of construction-related injuries, accounting for both immediate and long-term consequences. 
  • Peace of Mind: You can concentrate on getting better and working on your recovery while professionals take care of the legal complexities by having specialized legal experts by your side. 

New York is a city of skyscrapers. Without the great construction industry, this city on the Atlantic side would not be what we know. Even today, new buildings are still being built in the big city. At the same time, housing complexes for newcomers to Queens are also part of a long-term process of the community to repopulate unused areas. 

This is known as gentrification. As Queens is an area where the construction sector is very dynamic, and there is a lot of investment around it, it is common that accidents in projects of this type are more common than it seems. The statistics give New York relatively higher numbers than other areas of the country in terms of these types of accidents. 

Based on a studio made by the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) In the five boroughs (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island), there were 484 construction-related accidents, 502 construction-related injuries, and 8 construction-related fatalities, according to the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB). Fall accidents (46.15%), "Other Construction Related" (43.59%), and material failure resulting in a fall (7.69%) made up the top three causes of construction accidents. 

These figures show the need to establish plans for prevention, effective communication, and awareness-raising. There are often cases of workers who do not have all the necessary immigration documentation and avoid reporting to employers who do not provide them with the measures needed to safeguard their lives.  

In such cases, we always recommend that these workers stop fearing a possible deportation or sanction and be aware that by complying with certain requirements, they can assert their rights. 

That is why at The Ward Law Group, we also provide legal advice in Spanish since we do not want language to be a barrier for anyone when it comes to the recognition of their rights as workers in this important sector for a city like Queens. A sector that drives the economy of New York and that must allocate the necessary resources to take care of the integrity of the workers who make its operation possible. 

Types of Injuries in Construction Site Car Accidents 

Working for many years in these types of cases makes you an expert in identifying the common patterns regarding types of injuries that can be caused as a result of these accidents. 

At The Ward Law Group, we have seen almost everything; we have talked with expert doctors who have become our friends over time, and they have been able to explain to us in detail what each of these scenarios consists of, what is the most indicated treatment, and what is the expectation of recovery. We always recommend that victims take immediate measures to recover their health. 

Many times one does not have an understanding of the importance of health until it is lost due to some unfortunate eventuality. However, just as we have seen very complicated cases, we have been able to see very successful recoveries, even when medical forecasts were reserved; when people have the will to take the process forward and do their part to overcome the issue, it is normal that over time the consequences of injuries are in remission and the expected recovery is achieved. 

Some of the most common cases that we have been able to observe during all these years are the following: 

  • Whiplash and Neck Injuries: Sudden impacts can cause whiplash, leading to neck strain, pain, and potential long-term discomfort. 
  • Head and Brain Trauma: In construction zones, collisions or being struck by objects can result in head injuries, including concussions. 
  • Spinal Cord Damage: Spinal cord injuries from high-impact collisions can cause paralysis or long-term mobility restrictions. 
  • Broken Bones and Fractures: The force of impact can cause fractures and broken bones, which frequently necessitate surgery and prolonged recovery times. 
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Accidents can result in soft tissue sprains, strains, and tears, which can cause pain, swelling, and restricted mobility. 
  • Internal Organ Damage: Accidental blunt force trauma can harm internal organs and necessitate immediate medical care. 
  • Lacerations and Contusions: Cuts, bruises, and deep tissue damage can result from collisions with things or surfaces. 
  • Psychological Trauma: Car accidents can trigger psychological trauma, manifesting as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 
  • Burns and Chemical Exposure: Burns or chemical exposure injuries can result from construction equipment or hazardous material accidents. 
  • Chest and Rib Injuries: Collisions can result in rib fractures and chest injuries, putting vital organs at risk and making breathing difficult. 

The Severity and Potential Long-Term Consequences of These Injuries: 

  • Life-Altering Effects: Severe injuries can result in permanent disability, dramatically altering the victim's quality of life. 
  • Chronic Pain and Rehabilitation: Some injuries may require extensive rehabilitation and result in ongoing pain, making daily activities more difficult. 
  • Emotional Toll: Long-term consequences can include emotional distress, depression, and anxiety due to the trauma experienced. 
  • Financial Strain: Serious injuries often result in significant medical expenses, lost wages, and potential long-term care costs. 
  • Reduced Employability: Permanent injuries can limit a person's ability to work in their previous capacity or at all. 
  • Need for Continued Medical Attention: The cost of treating some injuries requires ongoing medical care and therapy, which adds to the burden. 
  • Strain on Relationships: Relationships with family and friends may become strained as a result of prolonged recovery and lifestyle changes. 
  • Potential for Secondary Complications: Some injuries can cause secondary health problems that develop over time and necessitate further medical care. 

We have made a summary of the most relevant aspects of this type of case. However, we always remind our clients that each case should be treated in a personalized way and should be adjusted to the needs of each situation. 

We want you to feel accompanied throughout the process. It doesn't matter if English is not your main language; we can also advise you in Spanish. We have a lot of experience advising a large part of the Latino community in Queens and in Florida. 

Do not waste any more valuable time, which might be necessary to craft an accurate strategy and get the compensation you deserve. Let's make this bad time an opportunity to become more resilient, and we are sure that at the end of the road, we will find the compensation you deserve. Contact The Ward Law Group as soon as possible to receive a free consultation from our experienced construction site car accident attorneys.