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How Dangerous Are Elevators?

According to a study by the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, between 1992 and 2001 a total of 68 people were killed while riding on an elevator to work. This statistic should really be read as an endorsement for the safety of elevators on the whole. Think about how many times you have ridden on an elevator without incident. Hundreds of times? Maybe thousands? Especially in a city like Atlanta, elevators are ridden many times a day, and most rides consist of nothing more than a person getting from point A to point B. Despite the relatively low occurrence of fatalities resulting from elevator accidents, regular accidents are considerably more common, and can be very serious.

According to that same study, elevators and escalators injure nearly 17,000 people a year, and 60% of those injuries are caused by elevators. Most elevator injuries occur due to the misalignment of the elevator car with the floor. Often when this happens, an unsuspecting person will move to step off of the elevator only to find that they have now fallen to the ground. These misalignments can result in very serious injuries. Other injuries can be caused due to an elevator plummeting, or even when an elevator just gets plain stuck.

The Los Angeles Times reported that elevators in the US make a total of 18 billion trips a year. Statistically speaking, the risk associated is so low that it shouldn't deter you from using the next elevator you come in contact with. In fact, it means that elevators are one of the safest modes of transportation around. However, just because something is pretty safe it doesn't mean that it is fool proof. Due to the relative rarity of such accidents there are fewer attorneys that understand the intricacies of such a case. Our office has handled numerous elevator cases in the past. If you have been injured due to an accident involving an elevator, please do not hesitate to contact the Thomas Law Firm.

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