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Texas accident attorney, Texas injury lawyerAn individual was killed on a construction site in Carrollton, Texas, in March. The man, a worker at the site within the Castle Hills development at Old Denton Road and Windhaven Parkway, was run over by a heavy construction vehicle. Unfortunately, this type of incident is not uncommon on construction sites. Back-over accidents and other construction vehicle accidents occur at alarming rates, killing dozens of workers and pedestrians every year.

Fatal Work Accidents in Texas

In 2015, Texas witnessed 527 fatal occupational injuries. The construction industry had 124 deaths. This was a significant increase from 107 deaths in 2014. In 2015, construction of buildings had 13 fatalities, heavy and civil engineering construction had 26, and specialty trade contractors had 85. While heavy and civil engineering deaths remained the same from the prior year, the construction of buildings and specialty trade contractors’ deaths rose. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction had 36 deaths, a significant decrease from 75 in 2014, while transportation had 100, an increase from 94 in 2014.

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construction zone, road construction, drunk driving, distracted driving, lawyer, attorney, Texas, New BraunfelsThe warmer weather comes with barbeques, pool parties, baseball games, and summer vacations. But the spring and summer are also filled with another trend that Texans enjoy far less--road construction. The past few years in particular have seen a surge in local capital projects, planting construction work zones throughout some of the busiest roadways in the state. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) explains that this is the time of year when it is easiest to work with construction materials that depend on temperature, such as concrete and asphalt. At any given time there may be over a thousand work zones throughout the state.

While these projects are critical to expanding travel options and improving safety, the actual construction process itself is a well-known driving hazard. TxDOT officials report that each year there are thousands of accidents and injuries. In fact, some years have seen more than a hundred deaths annually in construction zone accidents. Considering the risks, safety advocates urge Texas residents to act cautiously whenever driving in or near a construction zone. Data suggests that the most common cause of auto accidents and injuries in works zones is speeding drivers. This is why these areas should have very clearly posted lower speed limits. It is also why law enforcement officers often crack down on moving violations in construction zones, with ticket prices increased for the offense. In recent years, distracted driving has also played a role in construction zone accidents. According to TxDOT data, a shocking 70 percent of work zone fatalities were connected in some way to either drunk or distracted driving. Work Zone Accident Liability Auto accidents that strike in construction zones often include unique legal issues. That is because there is always the chance that third parties may be implicated in the accident in addition to the drivers involved. For example, signage placement may be confusing or incorrectly used, maintenance equipment could be used dangerously or left in the line of traffic, or construction cones or barriers can be moved accidentally, also leading to collisions and other accidents.

In construction accidents the affected drivers will be involved in possible litigation. In addition, however, those connected to construction crews or even state and local governmental bodies can be implicated in an accident. There are many legal nuances, and it is crucial to work with an experienced accident lawyer in the aftermath of one of these incidents.

Legal Help We urge all local drivers to be extremely careful when traveling through work zones this year. Unfortunately though, you may get caught in an accident even when you act carefully. If you or a loved one is hurt in a Texas work zone accident please contact the accident attorneys at The Bettersworth Law Firm. We work with families in New Braunfels, Austin, Canyon Lake, and many other nearby areas.

Lucy 6-5Constructions workers must take extreme precautions to ensure their own safety and the safety of everyone around them, but sometimes nothing can be done when the equipment they are working on fails. If you are a construction worker or if you work for a construction company, it is important to have a good personal injury attorney in the unfortunate case that an injury should occur. Recently in Bryan Texas, police officials reported that a man was pinned to the ground by two 20-feet-long, 1,500 pound shoring panels and killed. While in some cases, it is possible that construction workers' negligence can cause accidents, the College Stations Fire Department told the Bryan-College Station Eagle that the shoring had simply “given out.”

When an employee is injured on the job, they can receive workers compensation for their injuries. Workers comp covers things from medical bills to missed wages during recovery time. Your Texas personal injury lawyer can assist you in your workers compensation case. Armando Gonzalez, 49, was pinned inside of a 30 to 40 foot hole as part of a crew that was working on a lift station for the Texas A&M Health Science Center. He was stuck underneath heavy shoring panels and had nowhere to go. He died due to injuries sustained in the accident.

Luckily, the necessary machinery to remove Gonzalez from the hole was onsite, but it could not be activated and put to use quick enough to save Gonzalez' life. In order to get Gonzalez out of the hole, firefighters had to use high pressure bags that are designed for heavy lifting to make space in between the ground and the heavy shoring.

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Victor Diaz, a Mexican construction worker for Tin Star Contractors died in a fall on his first work day on August 14. He had fallen about 20 feet down a shaft, but the fall apparently had not killed him instantly. According to Diaz’s family, he had taken his shoes off after the fall to bang on the door for help. However, no one had heard his cries for help. His body was discovered at the bottom of the smokestack a week later after his family had reported him missing. Victor Diaz was a family man: he was married and had two young children. He came to work to the U.S., where wages are better than in his home country of Mexico, to better support his family. Because of the accident, his family is left without a father and provider. Now, Diaz’s family is suing the two contractors that had employed Diaz. “All we want to know is what happened,” said Nereo Diaz, the victim’s brother. The family felt the suit was the right thing to do under the circumstances. They might at least be able to receive compensation, although nothing will bring back their beloved husband, father and sibling, The two contractors have refused to take responsibility for Diaz’s death. They claim that Diaz had not followed orders and was nowhere near the place he was supposed to be. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the matter. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, you might be eligible for compensation. However, companies often try their best to prevent you from getting the reimbursement you deserve. That is why it’s important to get help from experienced attorneys who will aggressively fight for you. Contact an expert New Braunfels, Texas personal injury attorney today.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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