Elevators and escalators in the U.S. are extremely safe. Some reports estimate that there are over 120 billion trips taken in the U.S. on elevators and escalators each year. Escalators and elevators are very convenient in large buildings, but if they are not maintained safely or operated safety, serious injuries can result. Every year in the U.S. there are thousands of severe injuries caused by elevators and escalators and a few dozen deaths.
Most accidents that involve elevators and escalators happen when getting in or out of the elevator or on or off the escalator. It is common for people to trip or fall when boarding or leaving an elevator or escalator. If an elevator car does not stop where it should, it may not align with the floor outside the elevator, which can cause a trip and fall accident. A door may close on an elevator occupant, which can crush a limb. An elevator may have a rapid drop, which can seriously harm passengers.
Elderly are the most at risk of being harmed in elevator or escalator accidents. There are thousands of elderly individuals who end up in emergency rooms each year because of elevator accidents. About half of those are due to trips or falls. Studies have also found that children, particularly toddlers, are at a much higher risk of being hurt in an elevator or escalator accident than the rest of the population.
Cases involving elevator or escalator accidents can be complex. There may be several parties potentially at fault. They often require an extensive investigation and expert witnesses to build a strong case. If you or a family member has been hurt in an elevator or escalator accident in Houston, you should speak with an attorney. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today or visit our Facebook page to learn more about the firm.