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Pedestrian Injured While Walking by a New York Construction Site: Who is Liable?

While construction workers may accept the dangers of their trade every time they head to work in the morning, innocent pedestrians do not sign up to deal with the hazards of a construction site. Unfortunately, many New York pedestrians end up getting injured while walking past construction sites anyway. This is a considerable problem in New York, especially with the sheer amount of construction that occurs in the city on a daily basis. Spills, falling objects, and out-of-control construction vehicles can all pose a serious danger to pedestrians. Those who are just trying to get to work in the morning can be injured or even killed as a result.

If you have been injured as a pedestrian while walking past a construction site, you should consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. If possible, search for a personal injury attorney who has considerable experience with construction accidents. When you enlist the help of one of these legal experts, you drastically increase your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries.

Woman Injured by Falling Fence Outside of Manhattan Construction Site

In March of 2021, a woman was walking by a Manhattan construction site when she was struck over the head by a falling fence. The woman was an elderly individual, and the impact took a toll on her body. The force was so great that this woman was propelled across the sidewalk, ending up underneath a parked car. Immediately, the DOB issued a violation and a partial stop work order to the contractor. The DOB also ordered that the fence be replaced.

Once again, wind was likely to blame for this incident. It is a common theme for pedestrian injuries that involve construction sites, and these injuries can be much worse than the one highlighted above. For example, wind can cause equipment to fall from great heights. If construction supplies and equipment are not properly secured, they can fall down onto pedestrians below. In many cases, this can cause serious injuries or deaths.

When are Contractors Liable?

Contractors and property owners are liable for injuries to pedestrians whenever they fail to act in a responsible, safe manner. These entities have a legal responsibility to protect the safety of nearby pedestrians. If they fail in this duty of care, they become liable for personal injury claims. Among other things, contractors and property owners have a responsibility to:

  • Post clear warning signs whenever there is danger to pedestrians

  • Fence off the construction site

  • Keep all machinery and materials secured within the construction site

  • Keep objects away from open edges

  • Add nets that can catch falling objects

  • Ensure that all fencing and scaffolding is study and properly constructed

  • Enlist workers or police officers to oversee traffic safety around the site

Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney

If you are serious about holding construction companies accountable for your injuries, you should reach out to a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney as soon possible. Contact The Glassman Law Group, and we can help you receive a significant settlement from contractors and property owners who have displayed a blatant disregard for the safety of innocent pedestrians. Reach out today to book a consultation and take action.


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