Glynn, 46, was fatally injured as she and her husband were going for an afternoon ride on their bicycles on the Forest Preserve Trail in Erickson Woods. While riding, they were caught in a fast moving storm. A tree was uprooted by the wind and crashed into her and her bike, reported the New York Daily News (9.7.14).
“It was a freak accident and a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said family friend David Rice, as reported on MSN News (9.8.14).
Large trees can cause catastrophic injuries or even death. At issue in cases similar to this is whether the Forest Service has a responsibility to ensure that sites where people regularly go are adequately protected from a potentially dangerous tree.
In New York City, a number of tree lawsuits have been filed against the City and its Parks Department after tree branches or limbs caused injury or death.
Just a few tree related accidents that have occurred in New York include:
In July 2009 a 100-pound tree branch in Central Park fell from an oak tree, striking a 37-year-old Google engineer in the head. The victim suffered a fractured skull and spinal cord injuries.
In June 2010, a six-month-old baby was killed in her mother’s arms when a branch fell from an overhanging tree near the Central Park Zoo.
In August 2013, a woman sitting on a bench was killed when a giant tree came crashing down in Kissena Park in Flushing, Queens. Another woman was also injured when the tree fell.
A personal injury caused by a fallen tree is often preventable. Whether a fallen tree lawsuit can be filed and-or who the potential at-fault parties are depend on the facts in each situation. A personal injury lawyer can help determine both the type of claim that can be filed and if another person’s negligence caused the tree or branch to fall. To win compensation from a fallen tree lawsuit, it must be proven that the property owner or someone else responsible for maintenance was negligent.
The New York Daily News story cited is “’Chicago Fire’ actress Molly Glynn dies after tree falls on her while biking.”
The MSN News article cited is “Chicago actress dies after being struck by tree.”