Construction Debris May Have Caused Biker’s Death, Says New York Construction Accident Lawyer


New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman comments on the recent death of professional dancer Erica Abbott.

Abbott was killed after falling off her bike while riding through a construction site. She lost her balance over unsecured construction site fencing that tipped over during Irene and fell in front of a passing Mercedes sedan.

The construction site related accident occurred in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

As reported by The New York Daily News, blame for Abbott’s death is falling partly on the construction company in charge of the stalled construction site where she died. Abbott’s family believes she would still be alive if construction debris had been cleared from the bike lane.

“Ensuring pedestrian safety in and around construction sites is extremely important at all times and locations in New York,” construction accident lawyer Perecman said. “Requiring rules and safety procedures is equally vital to the public as to the construction workers on-site.”

Besides fallen barriers and construction site fencing, other pedestrian hazards on construction sites are cranes, uneven surfaces, falling objects, collapses, heavy machinery and hazardous substances.

“Construction sites require a tremendous amount of care and vigilance when it comes to health and safety. As a number of New York construction accident lawyers have seen, construction accident injuries in New York and even some fatalities can be avoided through awareness of on-site safety procedures,” said New York construction accident lawyer Perecman. “Owners and site managers should have a plan that minimizes the chances of construction accidents caused by severe weather.”

Construction safety is crucial and should always take public safety into account as much as the safety of construction workers on the site. Setting rules and enforcing compliance can significantly reduce construction site injuries and fatalities, agree a number of New York construction accident lawyers.

“Construction sites need to prevent construction site related injury to construction workers and-or passerby under all circumstances,” said New York construction accident lawyer Perecman, a New York construction accident lawyer for over 30 years.

New York construction accident lawyers generally agree that construction sites need to have a clear and comprehensive plan in place for dealing with storms and high winds.

“In addition to endangering the safety of construction workers on the sites, hazardous conditions can injure passersby in New York,” explained Perecman, the former head New York construction accident lawyer for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and a lecturer on construction accident law. “A construction company can not ignore safety concerns after any extreme weather conditions in New York. If the causes of a construction accident are avoidable, meaning that someone’s negligence was the cause of the construction accident, a victim of the construction accident, or his or her family, can obtain financial compensation for the construction accident injuries or construction site death.”

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