Our Experienced Injury Lawyers Explain Some Important Things You Need To Know If You Were Injured in a Moving Walkway Accident
Even though moving walkways are not as common in New York City as escalators or elevators, they can be dangerous as well. Moving walkways are mostly found in airports and resemble large conveyor belts. The moving walkway helps tired travelers, allowing them to rest while also traveling towards their terminal or destination. When not properly maintained however, these devices can be dangerous. Here are few important things you should know if you were injured in a moving walkway accident.
How Do You Prove a Moving Walkway Accident Case?
Tripping and falling by itself is dangerous, but with the added element of a moving walkway, the danger increases. Tripping and falling on a moving walkway can lead to a range of injuries, from bumps and bruises to broken bones and concussions. To prove a moving walkway accident case, you are required to show that the device was defective in some way. You must also prove that the defect caused you to be injured. Proving that the moving walkway was defective requires the testimony of an expert who can explain the particular mechanical or electrical defect that caused the accident.
Some common accidents include a user tripping due to broken slides on the conveyor belt, or over a broken or obstructed plate at the beginning and end of the device, also known as a comb. Children are especially prone to injury from moving walkways. Their clothing and shoes often become stuck in the mechanisms, trapping the child while the belt continues to move. These injuries can happen to adults as well, especially if clothing is extremely long. These injuries are often severe, leading to broken bones or severing of body parts. Clothing becoming snagged often leads to entrapment of body parts, making these moving walkway accidents particularly dangerous.
What Should You Do After a Moving Walkway Accident?
The first thing to do after an injury is to report the incident. Also, take pictures or video of the condition that caused the problem, if possible. Preserving important evidence from the start, can sometimes make the difference in proving a case. Our moving walkway attorneys will review your case and attempt to obtain other important information, such as:
- Any security video of the accident, along with witness accounts;
- Maintenance and inspection records of the moving sidewalk, including names of who inspected the moving walkway;
- Copies of communications between the inspection agency and the property owners; and
- A copy of the contract between the moving sidewalk company and the property owners.
Additionally, you should keep copies of all related medical expenses and costs. Your personal injury attorneys will use all of these documents to determine liability and the amount of compensation owed.
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