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Wheel tractor-scrapers are very effective pieces of heavy equipment that need to be respected by all those around them due to their size, ability and the force they generate. They are used in many industries (like farming and civil engineering) for moving earth, dirt, soil, and clay. These machines can and do cause very serious and catastrophic injuries every year across California and the nation. Accidents happen at construction sites, job sites and farms due to negligent acts, coworker accidents, poor communication, bad planning, job being rushed and people cutting corners. If you have had a wheel tractor-scraper accident, be sure to read this page for more information on what your rights are following a construction site injury. Please keep track of all the facts, evidence and circumstances regarding your injury.
The current version of the wheel tractor-scraper is still a lot like the Tournahoppers that were created in the 1930s. The main purpose of these pieces of heavy equipment is to move earth, clay and soil. They utilize hydraulics to position the blade where it needs to be depending mostly on how much the wheel tractor-scraper operator wants to cut off the top from the dirt. The front edge cuts into the ground and that dirt goes smoothly into a storage container called the hopper. When the hopper fills up, the wheel tractor-scraper brings the load to the designated area where the dirt is being moved to. The job gets done a lot faster when the wheel tractor-scraper doesn’t have to go too far between the area it is cutting or scraping and the area it is dumping at. Some of the major manufacturers of wheel tractor-scraper are LEON’s, K-Tec, Reynolds Scrapers, Caterpilar, Terex, Miskin, IMC Scrapers, and others. It can also be called an elevating scraper (which uses a conveyor belt) or simply just a scraper.
Wheel tractor-scraper injuries could be serious and life threatening because of the immense weight and power of the front edge, blade, hydraulics and rear sections. Some injuries that we have seen from wheel tractor-scraper accidents include wrongful death, amputation, lacerations, eye injuries, concussions, brain injuries, becoming deformed, head injuries, ligament sprains, electrocution, being crushed, ear injuries, comas, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, muscle strains, deep cuts, bone bruises, twisted ankles and more. The victim will recover better from the majority of these injuries if they get medical treatment sooner rather than later.
Wheel tractor-scrapers may seem harmless to the average person but they are actually very dangerous. Some of the most typical causes for wheel tractor-scraper accident injuries are from operators not paying attention, wheel tractor-scraper colliding with trees, tree stumps, boulders, animals, farm equipment, water pipes, oil pipes, gas pipes, electrical wires, construction equipment, and buildings, wheel tractor-scraper operator falling off, wheel tractor-scrapers being overloaded by either trying to scrape too much or having too much in the hopper, wheel tractor-scraper brakes or stopping mechanisms not working, defective brakes, wheel tractor-scraper drivers being drunk, wheel tractor-scrapers being used negligently or overused, wheel tractor-scraper going too fast, wheel tractor-scraper operators view blocked, and wheel tractor-scraper operator being distracted by texting, cell phones, walkie talkie, bad weather or coworker conversations. We can discuss your specific injury during a free consultation and lay out what your legal options might be.
The majority of wheel tractor-scraper accident injuries happen at work, on a farm, or construction sites. Employees and their families have rights and are protected under the workers’ comp laws in California. This includes the definite fact that employers are required to not penalize or fire an employee who files a workers’ compensation claim. Our firm is very experienced at taking care of work comp claims and investigating every accident for all responsible parties including third parties who were also at fault. Your overall compensation could increase depending on how many parties are found to be at fault. A construction site has many possible third parties including the many land owners, government agencies, subcontractors, building owners and contactors that are involved in the project. This could also include the company who rented or leased the wheel tractor-scraper to your employer. Our hard working wheel tractor-scraper accident lawyers have been helping to maximize the types and amount of compensation for our clients since the late 1970s.
The Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have represented and helped people who have been tragically hurt on the job by a wheel tractor-scraper for over thirty years so we have the experience and the team in place right now to help you win in court. This is true for workers’ compensation, third party injury cases, product defect cases, wheel tractor-scraper defect cases or personal injury cases. Call us today at (888) 516-8530 to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation.
We are well known throughout southern California and Orange County. We will go for the maximum possible compensation for your on-the-job injury or personal injury and you will not have to pay us until and unless we win your case. We are even willing to come to you at your home or hospital including on the weekend or in the evening by appointment.