Crane Collapse in Gulfport: Was There Negligence?
Traffic came to a standstill on Interstate 10 in Gulfport on February 1, 2017, due to multiple incidents on the roadway. One of the more serious accidents involved a crane that collapsed onto westbound I-10 near the Biloxi River Bridge, according to a Sun Herald report. The equipment toppled at around 7:30 am, and it took crews around four hours to remove all debris from the scene. Injury reports were still coming in at the time, which may lead to lawsuits to compensate the victims. There are a couple of different theories for liability in this type of crane collapse, though the investigation results will determine how victims can recover for their accident injuries.
A Claim for Negligence in a Crane Collapse
If there was negligence involved with the crane operation or installation, a person injured as a result may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation. Initially, a construction crew or related professionals must correctly install the equipment to ensure it’s not a hazard to anyone who may be nearby. For instance, setting the crane on an irregular surface may cause it to topple or tip, injuring a bystander.
Also, the company and its employees are responsible for safely operating the crane as part of a construction project. Negligent operation can occur if a worker doesn’t use proper balancing techniques or is lifting a load that’s too heavy under the circumstances.
Potential Defective Product Claim
Another factor that may be involved with the I-10 crane collapse is the condition of the equipment itself. A manufacturer has a duty to ensure the safety of the products it makes, and there are two primary theories as to how a product may be considered defective.
- The design or process used to create the product is defective. This type of error would impact every product manufactured using that same process, design, so the entire lot is defective.
- In some cases, just a single product is defective. Usually, this is because that one item deviated somehow from the process or design. Not all other products from the same manufacturing lot would be affected.
In defective products cases, there is no need to show that the manufacturer was somehow negligent in making the item. A victim simply needs to prove that he or she was injured due to the manufacturer’s defective product, and suffered losses as a result.
Have You Been Injured in an Accident? Talk to a Biloxi Personal Injury Attorney
Cranes may be necessary for certain construction projects, but they may be hazardous for anyone in the surrounding area if there is negligence in the installation or operation. Plus, defects in the equipment can also cause injuries. When a crane collapses and hurts someone, he or she may be able to recover for medical treatment, pain and suffering, and lost wages. If you’ve been injured, you need a skilled attorney to represent your interests. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy Guice have decades of experience serving clients in the greater Gulfport area, so please contact our Biloxi law offices today for more information on personal injuries caused by a crane accident.