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DALLAS: Kiersten Smith Killed In Construction Crane Accident After Thunderstorm Caused Crane To Fall On Her Apartment

Jun 22, 2019

Kiersten Smith Dallas: Kiersten Smith Killed In Dallas Construction Crane Accident After Thunderstorm Caused Crane To Fall On Her Apartment

DALLAS, TEXAS (June 21, 2019) – A woman from Texas identified as Kiersten Smith has tragically died after a thunderstorm caused a crane to collapse on the apartment shared with her fiancé Eric Ridenhour.

Dallas police are saying that Kiersten Smith and  Eric Ridenhour were set to be married. But their love was tragically cut short during a thunderstorm. 

Eric Ridenhour was making a grilled cheese sandwich when a construction crane fell on their apartment. Kiersten Smith was transported to the hospital but later died due to her injuries. 

Five other people were injured in the crane collapse accident. Winds were blowing in excess of 70 mph prior to the incident.

The crane that collapsed was owned by Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. in California. A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help Eric Ridenhour following the tragic loss of his fiancé.

Causes of Crane Collapse Accidents

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “From 2011 to 2015, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 220 total crane-related deaths, an average of 44 per year over this 5-year period. Men accounted for 217 of the 220 fatal injuries involving cranes. White, non-Hispanic workers accounted for 74 percent of fatal injuries involving cranes, while 14 percent involved Hispanic and Latino workers.” A number of the people killed in these accidents are actually pedestrians. There are a number of reasons why a crane collapse may take place including: 

  • Cranes buckling due to exceeded weight limits
  • Improper crane assembly
  • Improper employee training
  • Mechanical failure of crane parts
  • Contact with electrical lines

It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident. In the vast majority of cases, crane collapses are completely preventable. When the proper safety procedures are being following cranes do not collapse. Improper assembly, in particular, accounts for a large portion of fatal crane accidents. Depending on the particular facts of any case, there may be numerous sources of liability for a crane collapse. 

Liability In Crane Collapses

Construction companies have a legal responsibility to conduct their operations in a safe manner to prevent workers or pedestrians from being injured. According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.”

Companies that fail to maintain construction equipment in a reasonably safe manner may face civil liability in the event of an accident. The family of a victim that dies in a crane collapse accident may be able to hold the negligent company accountable with a civil claim. Damages may include compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. If a defendants actions were particularly egregious punitive damages may apply. A premises liability attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your options are. 

Investigating A Crane Collapse Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Kiersten Smith. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened. Is there anything that could have been done to prevent this tragedy. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Dallas police. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a crane collapse you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are treated fairly and that their rights are protected. Whether you need more information about a particular accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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