There are many different types of truck accidents, and one fear for many drivers is driving underneath a bucket truck at work. But many drivers do not consider that this situation is also dangerous for the worker in the bucket truck. They are concerned for their safety during a bucket truck accident but are not aware of the high stakes taken by the bucket truck worker.
Many occupations are associated with having significant risks, and for those who work with bucket trucks, the hazard is dangerous. It can be is because work is often conducted high up in the air and often near electrical power lines. The likelihood of being injured on the job is increased compared to an office job. Therefore, many safety precautions must be followed to ensure the proper safety of the workers and passersby in the surrounding area. These include regular inspections, following safety procedures, and conducting employee training.
What is a Bucket Truck?
A cherry picker or bucket truck, also referred to as a boom truck, is a utility vehicle with an aerial lift. This lift is an extendable pole with a bucket attached at the end where a worker can stand to work on equipment that is high up in the air and otherwise unreachable. The bucket truck is especially convenient since workers do not need to obtain additional height equipment to finish a job: everything they need is installed on one vehicle setup.
Electricians, mechanics, window washers, and firefighters utilize these trucks to conduct repairs or maintenance. It is likely that you have been on the road and seen construction workers using a boom truck to repair equipment such as electrical lines and traffic lights.
Types of Bucket Truck Accidents
There are many types of accidents that can occur for workers in bucket trucks, putting them at risk for injuries such as electrocution, falls, breaks, or fatalities. The common is falling from the risen bucket, but accidents can also occur when another vehicle strikes the bucket truck. Workers are injured by accidents of this kind and the following other scenarios:
- Falling or being thrown from the bucket
- Electrocution from power lines
- Mechanical failure of the lift
- Tip-over from improper weight in the lift
Truck Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one have sustained a bucket truck injury, you likely deserve compensation. Even though the worker’s job is at stake, seeking repayment for pain, suffering, and medical bills is often necessary. You are not responsible for the foolish actions of bucket truck workers.
Whether the accident was due to outside forces, improper safety practices, or malfunction, hiring a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer will ensure that you receive the best outcome possible.
At Strickland and Kendall, we specialize in truck accident cases and are available to walk you through the process of how truck accident lawsuits work. Do not let an overwhelming case keep you from seeking recovery for damages. Our law firm is highly experienced and willing to do the work. Call today at 334.269.3230 for a free consultation to begin discussing your case.