What is a sinkhole?

A sinkhole is a natural depression or hole in the ground caused by water dissolution, cavities left by dissolved limestone or if limestone is worn away by rainwater. Many urban sinkholes are caused by natural water drainage and weather patterns.

Sinkholes are found all over the world and most recently, one was found in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

For those traveling down Main Street in Fort Lee the other day, it was not an easy ride. A sinkhole caused by a water main break caused Main Street to become one lane with traffic detours posted while crews worked to close the three-foot long gap in the pavement.

It was reported that water main breaks and sinkholes are common during the winter months, especially during freeze and thaw cycles.

I am happy to report that there were no injuries that day.

In an effort to prevent injuries, deaths, and property losses caused by sinkholes, scientists have tested various methods of detecting the underground cavities that can lead to sinkholes. However, you don’t have to be a scientist to be able to recognize certain signs that a sinkhole is about to open up.

Property owners should lookout for warning signs that a sinkhole may be forming, including:

  • Structural cracks in walls, buildings or pools
  • Depressions in land
  • Any indication of an unstable foundation

Despite efforts to spot sinkholes before they happen, there are plenty of unpleasant and occasionally tragic surprises. There’s really no sure way of predicting where a sinkhole is going to occur.

At the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, we are committed to helping property owners and personal injury victims recover the compensation they deserve. Whether your residential or commercial property was damaged due to sinkhole activity, or you were hurt in a car accident caused by a negligent motorist, our legal team will build a strong case in your favor – based on the facts.

Contact us today at one of our conveniently located offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey or New York City. We offer a free no obligation consultation, or fill out our online contact form.