Motorist Injured In Bronx Car Accident After Crane Fell On Top Of Their Car By Jerome Avenue and Bedford Park
BRONX, NEW YORK (September 20, 2022) – A motorist was injured in a Bronx crane collapse accident by the intersection of Jerome Avenue and Bedford Park.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place at 10:40 a.m. on September 20. A crane boom collapsed and hit the passenger side of a Ford sedan.
A 22-year-old passenger in the car was injured. Officials are continuing to investigate what may have caused the crane to collapse.
Liability In Bronx Crane Collapse Accidents
Crane collapses may seem like freak occurrences, but they are actually quite common. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “From 2011 to 2017, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 297 total crane-related deaths, an average of 42 per year over this 7-year period. Men accounted for 293 of the 297 fatal injuries involving cranes. White, non-Hispanic workers accounted for 72 percent of fatal injuries involving cranes, while 15 percent involved Hispanic and Latino workers.” There are a number of common causes of crane collapses.
- Cranes may collapse when their allotted weight limits are exceeded.
- Improper crane assembly could also lead to a collapse.
- Contact with electrical lines may cause a crane to unexpectedly buckle.
There could be numerous sources of liability for any crane collapse accident. The company of the worker that assembled or operated a crane prior to an accident could face liability. Generally speaking, companies are vicariously liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. The vast majority of crane collapse accidents involve some amount of human error. Victims of crane accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Any person that is injured in a crane collapse may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, construction companies will often fight extremely hard to deny liability for any crane collapse. A construction accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Bronx Crane Collapse Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the person injured in this Bronx crane collapse by Jerome Avenue. It is our sincere hope that they will be able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to OSHA. Steps need to be taken to prevent similar accidents. Someone could have easily been killed.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Bronx car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.