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Elevator Accidents

Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 3:00PM

   So many people ride an elevator so often the thought of an accident probably never enters their mind. There couldn’t be that many elevator accidents in Florida -- could there?

     Actually it happens a lot more often than you would think. There were 391 elevator accidents in 2011 in the Sunshine State. However, 231 of those accidents were on escalators. People usually are more concerned about escalators, especially for their children’s safety, than they are about elevators, but apparently the concern may be well placed.

     Unfortunately, a Daytona Beach accident lawyer understands that fatalities are what really catch people’s attention. On average, 27 people die in the U.S. from elevator accidents each year. The most recent death occurred on Dec. 14, 2011, in Manhattan. A woman going to her office took one step inside the elevator and it suddenly lurched upward, with the door still open, dragging her with it until she was pinned between a wall and the elevator between the first and second floors. Two other people were trapped in the elevator with the woman’s body for an hour before they could be rescued.

     Such a horrific event is rare, but a Daytona Beach accident lawyer knows it can happen. Everyone needs to be careful when they are getting on or off an elevator. While it is difficult to remain vigilant, elevators are one of the many dangers in our modern life that we take for granted.

     If you are injured in an elevator accident, a Daytona Beach accident lawyer can advise you of your rights. The lawyers of Seitz & Tresher also can consult with you about other types of accidents and about your rights if you are an injured party.

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