An unfortunate pedestrian accident has seriously injured a woman who was
walking past a Manhattan construction area. As of May 28, New York City
gave the go-ahead for work to proceed after investigators completed a
safety inspection regarding the area. The pedestrian injury involved a
flying saw blade that struck a passerby’s leg on a recent Tuesday
morning. This tragic accident may form the basis for a premises liability claim.
According to reports, the saw blade is normally used to cut through concrete.
Reportedly, it flew out of the tool itself. Apparently, the blade then
bounced against a tree and ended up causing a sizable gash in the victim’s
leg. Police say the saw blade had to have travelled a distance of about
100 feet in the air in order to make contact with the woman.
The entire incident was captured on camera. Video footage depicts the victim
losing her balance and falling down onto the sidewalk. The saw blade is
also visible as it passed through the air.
One eyewitness, who was right behind the woman at the time, said that the
blade going down the sidewalk and people nearby were screaming for everyone
to get down and move. Reportedly, the victim was shaking and bleeding
from her injuries. Recent reports indicate that the woman survived the
ordeal and remained hospitalized in stable condition.
Those who suffer a pedestrian injury under the circumstances presented
in this New York case may be able to pursue civil claims relating to premises
liability. This may be especially so if the injured pedestrian was obeying
laws and the incident is attributable to a person or business’ negligence.
Many wonder if a pedestrian can hold a property owner accountable for
accidents that occur adjacent to the property on the sidewalk, and in
many cases where negligence is prevalent, the answer may be yes. In New
York City, for example, property owners are required by law to maintain
the safety of sidewalks surrounding their property. In the instant matter,
investigators may also wish to determine if the saw blade manufacturer
and/or the construction firm and/or workers were in any way responsible
in this incident.
Source: CBS New York, "Work Resumes At Manhattan Construction Site After Saw
Blade Accident" , May 28, 2014