Even if elevators and escalators are relatively safe, serious accidents do occur every year. At particular risk of serious injury, the elderly and very young make up a disproportionate percentage of elevator and escalator accidents—29,000 children and 40,000 elderly individuals were hospitalized from escalator and elevator accidents between 1990 and 2005. As elevator and escalator accidents are most likely to result from negligent maintenance or defective parts, a number of individuals or manufacturers may be held financially responsible for any associated damages.
Common Elevator Accidents
While they are relatively unlikely, when elevator accidents do occur they typically result from one of the following system failures:
- Mechanical failure resulting in freefall
- Exposed elevator shafts that resulted from mechanical failure
- Misaligned elevator doors
- Electrocution from exposed or faulty wiring
- Poorly adjusted sensors (causing the doors to close on an individual)
Elevator accidents can be particularly dangerous for the elderly and the very young, as these populations may have a reduced or undeveloped capacity to adequately respond to any of these dangerous situations.
Contact an Austin Elevator & Escalator Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., our Austin legal team understands how devastating an elevator or escalator accident can be for any Austin resident. If you or a loved one has been injured in an elevator or escalator accident, our legal team can help you hold the responsible parties financially accountable for their actions. To discuss the particulars of your case with one of our lawyers, please call our Austin product liability lawyers at (512) 710-0931 today.