How Common Are Escalator Accidents and Injuries?

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 12:00pm by

Photo of surgeon holding roentgenogram of the human cervical spineWhen people think of escalator accidents and injuries, they often view them as freak occurrences that could never happen to them or their loved ones. However, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ), people may be much more likely to be the victims of escalator injuries than they realize.

Do Escalator Accidents Happen More Often Than People Realize?

Recently, a series of escalator accidents grew by one when an escalator in Hong Kong malfunctioned, injuring 18 passengers. The incident in Hong Kong comes in the wake of a 2-year-old girl severing her finger after falling down an escalator and an escalator accident where a woman was killed after falling off the World Trade Center’s Oculus.

The fact that so many escalator accidents have been making headlines recently should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the AAJ’s data on these incidents. For instance, accord to the AAJ, statistics show that escalator injuries outpace elevator injuries 18 to one. In addition, AAJ numbers reveal that escalator injuries are on the rise in the US and have been for years. There were less than 5,000 escalator injuries in the US in 1990. In 2000, there were more than 10,000 escalator injuries in the United States. By 2013, the number of people hurt or killed in escalator accidents in the US had grown to over 12,000.

For more information about escalator injuries and what options people injured due to an escalator malfunction have for holding those at fault accountable, visit our escalator accidents information page and keep following our Atlantic City and Cape May law firm’s blog.



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