Elevator & Escalator Accidents

Believe it or not, elevator or escalator accidents are not that uncommon. In the United States, over 120 billion riders will travel on an estimated 600,000 elevators each year. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, elevator and escalator accidents kill nearly 30 people and injure thousands more per year. Like a car wreck, elevator mishaps can cause serious injury.

The most serious injuries reported for elevators are due to the elevator falling. Passengers may also get stuck between elevator doors when they close suddenly or fall into open elevator shafts, often resulting in serious injury. Many injuries on elevators or escalators are due to poor maintenance. In the event of an elevator or escalator accident, contact one of the experienced lawyers at Penney & Associates®.

Consider the following when you enter or leave the elevator:

  • Enter and exit carefully. Look to see if the elevator floor and hall floor are not level.
  • Hold children firmly.
  • Stand clear of the doors and keep all clothes and carry on items away from the door.
  • Push and hold the “door open” button if doors need to be held.

Consider the following when riding on the elevator:

  • Stand next to the elevator wall
  • Hold the handrail.
  • If the doors do not open when the elevator stops, push the “door open” button.

Remember when riding an escalator watch your feet when getting on and off and always hold onto the railing when possible.

At Penney and Associates® we will evaluate your elevator or escalator accident and at the free consultation, your lawyer will advise you on the proper course of action to take.


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