Escalator Accident in Pennsylvania? | What to Know

You are likely eligible to recover compensation after an escalator if your accident was caused by negligence. To learn more about your chances of filing a valid claim after an accident, continue reading. For help with your upcoming claim, reach out to our Montgomery, PA personal injury attorneys.

What are the most common causes of escalator accidents?

There are many factors that may play a part in escalator accidents. The most common causes of escalator accidents are as follows:

  • Faulty handrails
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Improperly working emergency shut-off buttons
  • Electrical or mechanical malfunctions
  • Escalator design flaws
  • Clothing or limbs getting snagged by machinery
  • Escalators reversing direction, resulting in a pileup
  • Missing steps
  • Missing comb plates
  • Inadequate escalator lighting
  • Loose or missing screws

What are the most common injuries sustained in escalator accidents?

The most common injuries that have been sustained in escalator accidents include the following:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Joint injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Torn ligaments
  • Concussions

How do I recover financial compensation after an escalator accident?

To recover the compensation you require to heal, you will need to satisfy the burden of proof. You can do so by collecting evidence to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. This is often done with the assistance of an experienced attorney who may be able to collect evidence that is not available to you such as surveillance footage or witness testimonials.

How do I satisfy the burden of proof?

With the help from your attorney, you will work to satisfy the burden of proof by collecting the following pieces of evidence:

  • Pictures and videos of the safety hazards that led to your accident
  • Police report
  • Witness statements
  • Security camera footage of your accident as it happened
  • Medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries

What is the statute of limitations for escalator accident claims in Pennsylvania?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania is generally two years. This means that you will have two years from the date of your escalator accident to take legal action against the negligent party responsible for your accident. The sooner you can bring attention to your claim, the better. Failure to file your claim within this timeframe may result in you being barred from suing. To get started today, give our firm a call to schedule your initial consultation with our legal team.


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