Every year, more than 30 Americans die, and 17,000 injuries occur in elevator accidents, according to the CDC. If you’ve sustained injuries in an elevator accident, please read on, then contact one of our experienced Tyler, TX slip and fall accident attorneys to discuss what you should know about elevator accidents in Texas.
What you should know about elevator accidents in Texas
Multi-story buildings are a near-ubiquitous feature of the American landscape. They come in many forms: office buildings, hospitals, condos, malls, airports, dorms, parking garages and more. Tall buildings necessitate the presence of elevators for those who want to or need to avoid stairs. But they present a hazard to unwary passengers. If you’ve sustained injuries in an elevator accident, you can hold the property owners liable for injuries or deaths occurring on their premises, which result from negligent maintenance. In case of design or production defects, you can hold manufacturers liable. And lastly, you can hold installers and inspectors accountable for improper or inadequate procedures. Keep in mind that you usually have two years, from the date of the accident, to file a claim in Texas. But each case is different.
What are the most common causes of injuries in elevator accidents in Texas?
Many elevator accidents are entirely preventable if proper precautions are taken. The most common causes for elevator accidents are as follows:
- Misleveling (when an elevator fails to stop at the floor’s level)
- Excessive speed
- Lack of proper maintenance and safety inspections
- Defective doors
- Falls into elevator shafts
- Faulty wiring
- Dangerous design
How do you prove your elevator accident case in Texas?
Texas property owners have a duty to ensure that their properties are reasonably safe for anyone who enters them. This includes guests, those who were invited and, in some cases, trespassers. If a property owner knows about a potential hazard but does nothing to prevent or rectify it, then you can hold him or her accountable for their negligence. To that end, you need evidence in the form of photographs or videos, witness statements and incident reports from first responders. All that might take time and expertise you do not have. If so, reach out to a skilled Tyler, TX personal injury attorney to discuss the specifics of your case and how we can help you.
Contact our experienced Smith County, Texas firm
There are few things more jarring and disturbing than being wrongly injured in an accident. Our firm understands how difficult it can be to recuperate after a serious accident, which is why we are here to help you through the legal process, every step of the way. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you need a skilled attorney on your side. Contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today for an attorney who is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.