Bridge Accidents: No Bridge to Safety

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When we read or hear the words “bridge disaster,” most of us probably picture the same thing—a large bridge like the Golden Gate cracking in the middle and cars sliding off into the water below. This is what happened after the terrible earthquake in San Francisco, and what continues to happen all over the world in the wake of natural disasters. These types of tragedies are, thankfully, very rare. But these aren’t the only types of bridge disasters there are.

Traffic was recently backed up for hours after a terrible incident in the Los Angeles area resulted in multiple injuries and at least one fatality. The driver of an SUV veered off-road and struck a portion of an overhead bridge that was under construction. The force of the collision broke the I-beams holding the bridge up, leading to a deluge of concrete and steel that crushed the vehicle underneath, killing the driver and seriously injuring his passenger.

It is unclear what caused the driver to go off course, and it will likely never be known. What is clear is that a similar accident could easily occur to many other drivers, as the barriers erected to prevent such an occurrence act as little deterrence to a multi-ton vehicle. And, bridges aren’t the only dangers on the highway that come with roadside construction. When driving, you should keep an eye out for:

  • Barriers erected to prevent you from moving from one lane to the other, or from going off-road entirely.
  • Signs that lower or raise the speed limit in construction areas.
  • Signs advising how many miles the construction lasts.
  • Workers in or near the roadway who might be at risk.
  • Other drivers who are driving erratically, indicating they are either tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bridge collapse or other type of accident, it can be difficult to know how to proceed to get the care you need. Please contact a lawyer to help you sort through your options and make sure you receive that to which you are entitled.