Every year, more than 30 Americans die, and 17,000 injuries occur in elevator accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you’ve sustained injuries in an elevator accident, please read on, then contact an experienced Morris County elevator accident attorney to discuss what you should know about elevator accidents in New Jersey.
What you should know about elevator accidents in New Jersey
Maybe it is the influence of not too distant Manhattan, but it seems as if New Jersey is racing to construct as many tall buildings as possible. Morris County is certainly no exception to this. But elevators are not limited to skyscrapers. They can be found in office buildings, hospitals, parking garages, schools, nursing homes, hotels and even in theaters such as our illustrious Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Elevators can be found anywhere people want to or need to avoid taking the stairs. However, they present their fair share of hazards to unwary passengers.
What are the common causes of elevator accident injuries in New Jersey?
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
As you may be able to infer, you can hold a wide range of people liable for your elevator accident. This list includes property owners, manufacturers, installers and inspectors.
How do you prove your elevator accident case in New Jersey?
New Jersey 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 Morris County personal injury attorney to discuss your next steps.
CONTACT OUR MORRIS COUNTY FIRM
If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. Contact Lutz Injury Law today.