How Common Are Elevator or Escalator Accidents?
Many Dallas natives use elevators, escalators, and moving sidewalks on an everyday basis to get where they need to go. They make life easier to get from A to B, especially for people with a disability that affects their mobility. Some people may even take them for granted without considering the complex machinery and maintenance that is needed for these things to function properly. Although elevator and escalator maintenance and repair is highly regulated, accidents do still occur and can result in serious injuries or death.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a Dallas elevator or escalator accident and you think it is due to the negligence of another party, reach out to The Lenahan Law Firm to discuss your eligibility for compensation.
Causes of Accidents
Due to the complexity of escalators and elevators, there are a number of factors that can contribute to an accident occurring. Factors that we frequently see contributing to elevator accidents include:
- Unrepaired electrical problems
- Defective elevator doors
- Mechanical breakdown
- Faulty wiring
- Power failure
- Faulty pulley system
- Elevator car not being even with the floor that it arrives on
Factors that we frequently see contributing to accidents on an escalator include:
- Electrical issues
- Uneven or improperly measured steps
- Screws not secured in their place
- Improperly installed or measured handrails
- Gaps at the top or bottom that could lead to people getting caught
Escalator and elevator accidents can happen anywhere. Often these machines are in public spaces, making them the most common place for an accident.
There are a number of different injuries that may occur as a result of an accident in an elevator, escalator, or on a moving sidewalk. The most common accidents include:
- Slip and falls
- Getting caught in moving parts
- Fractures and broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Head trauma
Who Is Responsible?
A number of people may be held liable for an elevator or escalator accident. Anyone who creates a product such as a manufacturer is responsible for making sure it is reliable and safe. All those who were involved in building the elevator or any of its components may be held liable for negligence if the injury was caused by defective parts.
Maintenance services play an essential role in maintaining, inspecting, and repairing elevators and escalators. If a safety issue was not properly resolved by those in charge of maintaining and resolving mechanical issues related to the elevator or escalator, then those in charge may be held responsible.
Ultimately, property owners have an obligation to maintain their properties so that they are in a safe condition. Where the owner of a premises fails to repair hazards or does not issue warnings for danger, then they will be responsible and injured parties can pursue compensation for resulting injuries.
In assessing your case for compensation, a lawyer will need to determine the cause of the accident and who should be held responsible. This is important, as naming the wrong person or party as the defendant can damage your chance of getting compensation for your injuries. Your lawyer will then need to prove that the person or party acted negligently in their duty to you, and this negligence caused your injuries.
Call a Qualified Dallas Elevator/Escalator Accident Attorney
After an elevator or escalator accident in Dallas, it is wise to get a lawyer on your side to wade through the tricky legal issues. These cases can be complex; that is why you should get The Lenahan Law Firm on your side. Our team can determine what you need to get the compensation you deserve and help you fight for it.
Call us today at (214) 295-1008 for a free consultation.