Local station KTRK reports that a man died due to a piece of heavy equipment at a construction site ran over him. Early in the morning, two workers were moving a piece of equipment and one person backed over the other one accidentally. The area was poorly lit and muddy, and the police are treating it as a workplace accident. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 1,800 people died due to transportation accidents like these. Over half of those were highway related.
This is a tragedy, and it is one that is repeated quite often. No matter how many safety precautions people take, there is always the chance for a major accident. Organizations like OSHA are designed to solve safety problems to prevent accidents like these, but unfortunately the easiest way to find a problem is to have someone injured or killed by it. There are legitimate unforeseen accidents, but sometimes these accidents aren’t caused by something unknown. Employers sometimes provide faulty safety equipment or training in the pursuit of greater profits, only to lose it in court when someone gets injured. Even workers take shortcuts in the name of speed and can end up injured or killed trying to keep up with their workload.
Getting injured on the job doesn’t just hurt you, but also hurts your family and your future earning potential. Not taking action as soon as possible after an accident can affect you for the rest of your life due to laws that require you to make a claim after an injury within a certain time frame. This is why we urge you to contact us immediately if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident. We will work hard on your behalf to get you the money you need to care for yourself and your family while you are recovering from your injuries. If you have been injured on the job, our lawyers are ready to give you a consultation to help you assess your options and let you know about any compensation you may be eligible for, such as funeral costs, lost wages, medical bills, and legal bills. We can also handle all the legal headaches for you while you recover from the experience. There’s no reason to suffer more than you’ve already done. Contact our offices today for a free consultation so we can gather the facts of the case.