By: Brandon Stein
Typically, construction accidents occur causing injury on the actual site itself. However, the scope of a construction site accident can perhaps be extended to outside of the construction site. After a person is injured at or near the construction area, more times than not, fault falls on the shoulders of the construction company in charge of overseeing the site.
Yet, an accident may be categorized as a construction site accident even if construction had not yet begun or was not ongoing at the time of the injury. Being a Pembroke Pines personal injury lawyer that sues construction companies for construction site accidents, expanding the scope of supervision of a construction area can force companies to incur liability even before construction equipment is on the site.
Early yesterday morning on route 495 in Massachusetts, a 10-wheel construction dump truck was on the way to its construction site when it collided with a large tractor trailer traveling on the highway. This truck accident caused both fuel tanks to rupture and leak fuel all over the highway. Thankfully no one was injured from this truck accident, despite over 120 gallons of diesel fuel being spread across the highway. Nevertheless, contractors from the construction site had agreed to clean up the spill on the highway.
As a Broward construction accident lawyer, one cannot help but think — if someone had been injured, would the construction company be responsible? After all, contractors did agree to hire the company, Clean Harbors, to clean up that spill. A common issue arising out of many construction injury cases that lawyers face is “causation.” In other words, a Florida construction lawyer must always prove that the injury suffered was caused in some way by the construction company. Other than injuries resulting from accidents on construction sites, it is certainly a difficult, but not impossible task for a South Florida lawyer to prove fault of a construction company when the accident occurs off-site.
For questions on this issue or if you or someone you know was injured in a truck accident or construction site accident, please contact our Florida lawyers today.