If part of your job is operating any type of industrial vehicle, it is the responsibility of your employer to be certain that both the vehicle and your surroundings (in the case of vehicles intended for on-site use, such as forklifts) are safely maintained. Sadly, employers do not always do their due diligence, and it can end up costing their employees dearly.
Industrial vehicles that are unsafe or poorly maintained have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries — and do so every year. In fact, accidents related to industrial motor vehicles account for 35% of U.S. work-related fatalities. In addition to death, industrial vehicle accidents can cause life-changing injuries that can result in emotional trauma, lost wages, and massive medical debt — even if you have a workers’ compensation policy.
What to Know About Industrial Vehicle Accident Cases
Industrial vehicle accidents are, unfortunately, increasingly common and tend to result in severe, debilitating injuries, including death. And yet, many workers are at risk for experiencing these serious accidents every day they are on the job.
Some of the most common commercial accidents involve trucks and forklifts being driven off of loading docks, industrial vehicles being hit by other vehicles, or commercial vehicles falling off of elevated platforms.
Industrial vehicles can include:
- Gravel trucks
- Railroad cars and trains
- Dump trucks
- Delivery trucks
- Light rail cars
With the size of these vehicles, the potential for life-altering injury is immense.
Why Hire an Industrial Vehicle Accident Lawyer to Help with Your Case?
Although many commercial vehicle accidents are considered workplace injuries, your workers’ compensation payout may not be everything you need to cover the full cost of your medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages, and more. Fortunately for victims of these types of accidents, a workers’ compensation insurance policy may not be the only place you can get compensation for your accident.
With the help of an experienced truck accident lawyer, victims of industrial accidents and their families can fight for a fair accident settlement.
By teaming up with a dedicated attorney, victims are better equipped to handle the considerable legal firepower behind a company’s insurance and other parties whose goal it is to avoid taking responsibility at all costs. A legal team can help prove negligence and fault, as well as reveal the flaws in your workers’ compensation policy.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an industrial vehicle accident, it is critically important that you consult with experienced commercial vehicle accident lawyers who can take on such cases regularly and can fight for your damages.
How the Lopez Law Group Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in an industrial vehicle accident, you can trust the Lopez Law Group’s commercial vehicle accident lawyers to help you address the situation with efficiency and precision. Our lawyers have decades of experience in getting our clients the settlements and verdicts they deserve. Our goal is to provide victims of industrial vehicle accidents the compassionate, yet determined, the legal representation they need.
The Lopez Law Group commercial vehicle attorneys have been helping industrial accident victims in Houston, Weslaco, Tyler, Spring, Mission, McAllen, Laredo, Edinburg, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, Harlingen, and other locations throughout Texas for years.
Our lawyers are confident and experienced with helping accident victims recover money for:
- Emergency medical care
- Ongoing medical treatment and physical therapy
- Lost earnings
- Loss of future earnings, including benefits, pensions, and bonuses
- Property damage
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an industrial vehicle accident as a result of mismanagement or negligence, our Texas commercial vehicle accident attorneys will hold the company accountable for their actions and fight to ensure that you and your family receive sufficient workers’ compensation you deserve.