Posted on Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at 8:13 pm
At approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at least one person was killed and six others were injured after a crane collapsed on a building in Dallas, Texas.
According to initial reports, the crane tore through multiple floors of the five-story Elan City Lights residential building near downtown because of the strong winds, heavy rains, and hail that battered parts of North Texas. It wasn’t yet clear how many floors in the garage collapsed and if the crane was being used before the accident occurred.
One person was killed in this accident. Two victims were listed in critical condition, while three others were listed in serious condition. There may be others who are injured in this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the victims in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who are not as lucky. Building collapses are not that common in the United States, but when they do happen, they can be fatal. In a study conducted from 1989 to 2000, a total of 225 building failures occurred in the United States, and from this number, 97 people were killed while 460 were injured. Moreover, this study shows that the most common type of building that is affected by a building failure is the low-rise kind, followed by multistory, tower, long-span, and plant-industrial, and construction and maintenance are two of the most common causes of failure. Other possible causes that are noted are the design, detailing, material-related problems, external, and others.
In this study, Texas is ranked as the 7th state with the most building failures.
Building collapses are undeniably devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who specialize in this kind of accident. That is why, if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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