Forklifts are in widespread use in construction sites in St. Louis and throughout the country, and they provide an enormous benefit to the workers by making it possible to move large loads without the use of human labor. Forklift trucks may go a long way toward sparing the backs and joints of laborers, but they also pose a serious safety hazard to everyone on the work site. Many forklift accidents are caused by incompetent or untrained operators, while others are the result of careless or negligent behavior on the part of the driver. Whatever the cause, the result is often a life-changing catastrophic injury or even death for the accident victim.
Common Types of Forklift Accidents
A large percentage of forklift accidents occur when the vehicle strikes a worker who is on foot, either when the driver loses control of the forklift or if he or she somehow fails to see the worker. The forklift masts present a pair of blind spots, and the driver must at all times be careful not to let them cause him or her to get into an accident. This is especially true when the forklift truck is carrying a large load that obstructs the driver's view. Another common type of forklift accident occurs when the driver attempts to run the vehicle laterally across a ramp or other slope - the high center of gravity of the forklift makes it prone to rolling over in such a situation.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a forklift accident, then you are most likely entitled to claim benefits through workers' compensation. This type of coverage, however, only provides limited compensation for lost wages. Before taking any further action, contact us at Meyerkord & Meyerkord for a free consultation with an attorney from our firm. We can investigate your accident to determine whether you have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death claim, and we are ready to take action on your case today.