Forklift accidents are similar in damage and scope to car wrecks.Like other equipment, tools, and machinery, a forklift is a product. These vehicles are placed into the stream of commerce and purchased by businesses for sale, lease, or use by employees or other businesses. Moreover, these powerful machines cause huge damages in forklift accidents.
Forklift Accidents Occur Due to Bad Decisions
Forklift and materials handling equipment are make heavy lifting more efficient in construction, warehouse operations, and industrial applications. Accordingly, these vehicles are common throughout Southwest Florida.
Especially relevant, we see fork trucks at home improvement stores, warehouse stores, and construction and building sites. Accordingly, businesses use these machines to perform heavy lifting. However, safety is priority one. And, forklift accidents are often avoidable through proper training and equipping these vehicles with proper safety features.
Unfortunately, forklift accidents usually result in catastrophic injury and death in many instances. Moreover, even users having experience face big risks.
Forklift Accidents Involving Overturn
With so much power and versatile uses, forklifts often expose operators to big injuries. Accordingly, forklift manufacturers must take measures to make these vehicles as safe as possible.
A leading cause of forklift accidents is overturn. Forklift overturns account for approximately one in four serious forklift injuries and deaths. However, these incidents are preventable.
Many forklift accidents involving overturns result from overloading materials. Moreover, manufacturers know about these incidents and have for many years. However, many forklift makers still do not provide adequate weight alarms and balance sensors which may prevent these tragedies.
Accordingly, manufacturers may often be liable in forklift accidents because they product an unreasonably dangerous product. By designing and manufacturing forklifts with technology advances—and retrofitting older machines with such innovations—manufacturers can prevent overturns and material falling from forklifts onto others.
Forklift Accidents Occur in Cab Intrusion Circumstances
In addition, standing forklifts present other preventable forklift accidents and safety concerns. Especially relevant, in a stand-up forklift, there is no seat for an operator. Accordingly, an operator stands upright while maneuvering this vehicle.
A particularly notable hazard is when a forklift is moving in reverse or otherwise backing up. Because, an operator usually has no wast-up protection behind them. Thus, forklift accidents involving an object striking a driver’s head is common.
In these vehicle configurations, a driver’s head, neck, and back are open to pillars, shelves, stacked pallets, and other stationery objects in a warehouse or construction site. Accordingly, as an operator backs up, his head head, neck, or back strikes a stationery object. These forklift accidents are often catastrophic.
Moreover, once this incident begins, a driver usually cannot stop this reverse motion. Rather, a powerful forklift motor keeps going. Subsequently, an operator suffers crush injury, head injury, spinal cord injury, or death.
In addition, these forklift accidents may also occur in seated forklifts without rear back, neck, and head protection.
Pursuing Compensation for Forklift Accidents
Southwest Florida workers who suffer severe injuries in forklift accidents may have product liability claims in addition to workers compensation. These are challenging claims and you want a lawyer with experience on your side. So, contact me. I’m Fort Myers defective product lawyer David Harris, and I pursue big companies for compensation you need and deserve.
A product liability claim involving a defective forklift is very complex and challenging. However, these claims often provide you money which workers compensation cannot.
Nevertheless, forklift manufacturers and sellers aggressively defend these claims. Accordingly, we often retain experts to assist in proving forklift defects in design, manufacture, sale, lease, or warnings.
If you or someone you love suffers major injuries in Southwest Florida—Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hendry County, Glades County, DeSoto County, Sarasota County, and nearby communities—then contact me now. Your consultation is free and comprehensive. Moreover, we discuss your circumstances and all your legal options. I’ll also personally meet with you to discuss your harms, losses, and circumstances, and needs. Importantly, there are no fees unless we win your case.
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