A motor grader, also commonly called a grader or road grader, is a piece of construction machinery with a long blade used to create a flat surface during the grading process. Originally a piece of equipment that was towed behind horses or other power equipment, today’s models are motor powered, hence the name motor grader.
Motor graders are typically used in the construction and maintenance of dirt and gravel roads and in the construction of paved roads, graders are used to prepare the base course upon which the road surface is placed. Other uses include setting soil or pavement foundation pads in building construction, producing inclined surfaces and roadside slopes, and creating V-shaped drainage ditches.
Just like other types of heavy machinery, motor graders can be dangerous when an employee is untrained or poorly trained, the grader is used improperly or poorly maintained, or suffers from poor design or defects. When a motor grader accident occurs, the results can be quite serious, even fatal.
If you have been injured in a motor grader accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.
Motor Grader Accident Injuries
Construction sites are busy places with multiple workers maneuvering various types of heavy machinery throughout the worksite. This is why it is important that all employees, contractors, sub-contractors, and other laborers are fully trained on the proper way to use and maintain the specific equipment they are operating, including motor graders. When they are not, accidents can occur.
The most common causes of motor grader accidents can include:
- Blocked views
- Collisions with trees, debris, or other equipment
- Defective design or manufacture
- Grader being driven too fast
- Distracted motor grader operator
Due to the size and weight of motor graders, the personal injuries sustained in these types of accidents are often quite severe. The most commonly seen motor grader injuries include:
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Permanent disfigurement and/or disability
- Wrongful death
While worker’s compensation will help with some medical bills, it may not be enough. An experienced personal injury lawyer can review your case and determine what you and your family may be entitled to under the law.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to negligence on the job site or a defective product, an experienced personal injury lawyer can review your claim and determine if there were unsafe working conditions, potential OSHA violations, and other hazards that may have existed at the time of your accident. They will also determine who may be liable for your injuries and damages and what compensation you may be entitled to.
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