Forklift Accidents


Injured in a forklift accident in New York City?

Forklifts, also known as “powered industrial trucks,” are common in New York City construction sites, and they are a factor in a large number of accidents which result in injuries or death. If you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident involving a forklift-whether as the operator or on foot-you can find help in pursuing financial compensation by coming to Greenberg & Stein, P.C.

Our team has more than 50 years of combined experience, and one of our attorneys is even a member of the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, an organization composed of less than 1% of lawyers nationwide. Contact us today to learn whether you have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death claim, and to take the first steps toward recovering the settlement you deserve.

Forklift Accident Statistics

According to statistics from the National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities Surveillance System, the four most common types of fatal forklift accidents include:

  • Forklift Tipping Over – 22%
  • Forklift Striking a Worker on Foot – 20%
  • Victim Being Crushed by Forklift – 16%
  • Victim Falling from Forklift – 9%

Leading reasons why a forklift overturns include cornering too fast, driving off the edge of a platform or ramp, using a PIT designed for indoor use on uneven terrain, and turning on an incline such as a ramp. This type of accident can result in broken bones, crushed limbs or death for the operator or a worker who is on foot. The blind spots created by the forklift masts will often be the cause of an accident where the forklift strikes an individual on foot.

Forklift accidents can often be attributed to careless or reckless behavior on the part of the operator, who may be untrained, inexperienced, under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication, or otherwise negligent.

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