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Lawyer for Injury Lawsuit: A Roadway Construction Bulldozer Slams into a House in Malta, Texas

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
English: A bulldozer levels dirt fill on a Tha...

English: A bulldozer levels dirt fill on a Thai house construction site. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In late November an unusual construction accident occurred in Malta, Texas, that could have easily resulted in a deadly traffic accident or some other tragedy. However, no one was injured as a result of a bulldozer operator suffering a seizure and driving a small bulldozer across two lanes of traffic and into a house. A man was in the house caring for two children, ages 2 and 5, when the bulldozer crashed through the front of it. The home’s occupants were able to safely exit through a back door. The bulldozer operator was transported to a local hospital for treatment related to the seizure. Extricating the bulldozer from the home was a challenge tackled by the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the New Boston Fire Department.

The possibility that a construction worker operating equipment just inches from traffic could make a mistake is just one of the many reasons highway construction zones are hazardous. The following are construction zone safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • Pay attention to flaggers and obey their directions.
  • Do not exceed the speed limit in a construction zone.
  • Be especially careful about focusing on the road and not getting distracted by other things.
  • Leave plenty of room between your car and the one in front of you.
  • Stay calm, in spite of the delays.
  • Plan ahead so that you give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.

–Guest Contributor

 

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