On a large-scale construction site, companies often utilize cranes, which hoist heavy materials with wire chains and ropes to move them from place to place. These are massive vehicles and can easily be fatal if a person gets into any type of accident with one. If you or a loved one was injured in a crane accident, contact us for a free consultation to see if you may be entitled to compensation.
Crane truck accidents can be due to negligent crane use. This can occur if the operator of the crane is not trained to use it, is inexperienced, or simply reckless in using it. Any of these can cause passersby or vehicles to be seriously injured, especially in an urban area where the amount of people is very concentrated. The operator can drop loads that are being transported on the crane on the road, which can cause accidents or even fall on pedestrians, thus killing them. Cranes can even tip over which would inevitably kill several people and cause property damage.
Cranes can also be defective and malfunction during operation. This can cause any number of unpredictable accidents, such as sudden jolts which can make materials fall on pedestrians or vehicles below. It can also cause the crane to move in unintended ways, which can damage its surroundings, even hit a building. Similarly, cranes can cause injury in these types of accidents to their own operators or workers.
Due to the massive size of cranes and the heavy loads that they carry, just about any accident can cause death to its victims.
Negligence is the basis of these types of accident lawsuits. Negligence occurs when one party breaches the duty of care that they owe to others on the road and injuries directly result from the accident. Crane accidents that occur due to negligent crane use are likely the fault of the operator of the crane if they are using it recklessly. Also, the construction company can be found liable for negligent hiring if they were improperly trained or inexperienced, since allowing someone like that to operate their equipment in a public space puts everyone around them at great risk. If the crane is defective, the manufacturing company that made the crane can be found liable. This is due to their negligence in releasing a product that is defective and has the potential to hurt others.
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