Construction Accidents—Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor Vehicle Accidents on Construction Sites or Involving Construction Workers
A building construction site is generally considered one of the most dangerous places in the country to work. The malfunction of heavy equipment or other construction tools or machinery can result in serious injury. Workers are at risk of injury from falls, falling objects, jobsite debris, and even the negligent actions of other workers. Another significant risk on a construction site, though, is the risk of injury in a motor vehicle accident.
Most construction sites are beehive of activity, with deliveries on a regular basis, earthmovers and cranes moving continuously, and contractors and sub-contractors on and off the site all the time. Most sites don’t have well marked roads or vehicle paths, and little to no traffic management. It’s not surprising, then, that motor vehicle collisions are not uncommon.
When you are hurt in a motor vehicle accident on a job site, if it’s while you are performing duties related to your job, your right to recover compensation is the same as it would be for a fall, or a falling object or any other work site injury. If your employer is not exempt from the workers’ compensation laws, you can pursue damages through a workers’ compensation claim. However, workers’ compensation only applies to the wrongful conduct of your employer and his/her agents. If the driver of the vehicle was a third party, for example a supplier or building inspector, you can file a third party action in court for damages. A workers’ compensation claim may be less expensive and involve less time and expense, but a workers’ compensation claim will also put a specific limit on your claim. If you file a third party claim, you won’t be limited by the stated awards in the workers’ compensation laws.
Your accident does not need to take place on a construction site, though, for you to be able to file a workers’ compensation or third party claim. If you were traveling as a part of your job, and were hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek benefits or damages.
Contact the Law Offices of J. Lewis & Associates
To discuss your legal needs with an experienced Riverside construction site motor vehicle accident injury lawyer, contact our office online or call us toll-free at 9516820488. There is no charge for your initial consultation.
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