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You’re probably not surprised if you hear that New York construction workers can get injured — and some are killed — in accidents on job sites each year.
But you may not realize that construction accidents involving pedestrians or drivers — people just passing by a construction site at the wrong time — are surprisingly common in New York State.
If you, or a family member, were injured in a construction site accident, you have to deal with pain, lost work time, recovery, medical bills and stress.
You have a right to be compensated for this ordeal.
Consult a law firm that focuses on construction accidents in New York State to make sure you recover the maximum compensation for your losses.
At the Lachman & Gorton Law Office, we have years of experience helping New Yorkers after construction accidents.
The Wall Street Journal reported in 2015 that, “At least once a month on average, a passerby is injured near a New York City construction site by anything from falling bricks, hammers and glass to wind-blown fences and collapsing sidewalk sheds.”
Over a six-year period, that report found 96 construction accidents involving 155 people just passing by, mostly pedestrians but also including at least four vehicle occupants.
In 2016, another news report described how a crane operator in New York failed to properly secure a 500-foot crane, which collapsed and killed a 38-year-old who happened to be walking by.
And in still another report, a Massachusetts’ woman was killed in 2017 when she was hit by a construction vehicle.
Work crews have plenty of safety precautions they can follow around construction sites.
Construction workers typically get safety training to help keep them and their coworkers safe.
But sometimes, not enough thought and effort goes into the safety of pedestrians or drivers forced to navigate near construction sites.
Common construction dangers for pedestrians and drivers include: