This news may seem shocking, but those seemingly freak accidents that occur when an innocent bystander walking or driving by a construction site is seriously injured or killed happens on average at least once a month! This could be caused by anything from workers dropping hammers and other tools from above, windblown plywood or fences, collapsing scaffolds, and falling debris such as planks or bricks. Unlike workers, bystanders have no protective gear or hard helmet to protect them, and usually have no warning or reason to believe they are in danger.
Most of these accidents are due to negligence by one or more parties involved in the construction.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Construction Site Bystander Accidents?
The most common accidents to bystanders are caused by:
- A weak construction fence. Codes require that fences must be built to withstand 80-mile-hour winds. When these temporary fences are not strong enough or properly installed, they can blow into something, or worse, someone and cause serious injury.
- Tools not properly secured by workers. When a worker is above ground on a ladder or scaffold and either drops a tool or does not properly secure it, that tool can seriously injure a pedestrian walking below.
- Workers using wrong nails, screws, or not enough fasteners. When scaffolding and other construction is poorly build with wrong or insufficient fasteners, it can collapse and injure anyone who happens to be unlucky enough to be nearby.
- Failure to clean up or contain debris properly. When loose debris is not properly contained, it can blow away or fall, causing serious injury.
Were You or a Close Family Member Injured Near a Construction Site?
These injuries are often serious, as victims are caught off-guard and often do not have a chance to avoid the danger.
If you or a family member were injured near a construction site, you may have questions about your legal rights. Our construction site accident lawyers can help. We provide free, no-risk consultations to help make sure all your questions are answered, let you know your legal options and the best course of action.
How Our Construction Site Accident Lawyers Can Help You
We have worked hard to win construction site cases for our clients. We work with a team of top-notch investigators, accident reconstructionists and medical experts to get the evidence needed to win these cases and get you the compensation you may need to pay for medical bills, lost wages and any other expenses that resulted from the accident.