CONSTRUCTING BRIDGES CAN BE DANGEROUS IF THE CRAFTSMANSHIP IS NOT UP TO PAR
People use bridges and overpasses on roadways throughout South Florida. These structures are great help to commute over waterways and other roads, saving people time during their travels. Many of us fail to recognize the amount of work it takes to construct these man-made structures. The pre planning involved with constructing a bridge forces architects and engineers to consider building a support system that can hold massive amounts of weight at any given time.
With as many vehicles that can be on a bridge at the same time, it is important that these structures are built for everyone’s safety. When bridges are built unsafe, the possibility for disaster is imminent. If a bridge was to fail and collapse, cars, trucks, public transportation vehicles, and any other type of vehicles would be directly in harm’s way.
INJURIES ARE ALMOST CERTAIN FOR THOSE INVOLVED WITH A COLLAPSED BRIDGE
The sheer size and excessive weight of many bridges and overpasses can create hazardous conditions to motorists if they were to collapse. Serious injury and possible death are foreseeable results for those who are victims of bridge collapses. Some of these serious injuries resulting from failed construction of a bridge include:
- Severe Head Trauma / Neurological Problems
- Amputated Limbs
- Spinal Cord Injury / Paralysis
Madalon Law and its team of experienced construction accident attorneys understand that these serious injuries can create extensive medical bills. When a construction company erects a bridge that ultimately collapses and creates injuries to people, they must be held accountable for their negligence.
HELPING TO AVOID BRIDGE COLLAPSING ACCIDENTS
It may seem basic to say that regular inspections of bridges can help eliminate causes of bridges to fail and collapse. Federal legislation has enacted law requiring transportation divisions to regularly inspect bridges on highways. These inspections are also mandated to have reports generated and submitted to the National Bridge Inventory of the Federal Highway Administration.
Though these guidelines come from the federal level, it is important to note that it is the state’s responsibility to follow these nationally recognized standards and inspect all bridges on highways in the state. There are states, including Florida, that create their own more stringent standards when it comes to inspecting these bridges. If a bridge is not properly inspected, people are exposed to high risks which can significantly impact the lives of all involved.
VICTIMS OF A BRIDGE COLLAPSE NEED TO CONTACT AN ATTORNEY
Injuries that come from bridges that collapse impact everyone involved. If you have suffered an injury due to a construction failure or a bridge collapse, or you have a loved one who has suffered an injury or died as a result, contact the Fort Lauderdale accident attorneys of Madalon Law and they will gladly answer your questions at no cost. Our goal is to help you have a better understanding of the law and explain to you the options you have for seeking compensation. Contact us now for your free consultation.