Bridge Collapse Accidents
Bridges make it possible for motorists to drive over water, ravines, or other terrain that would otherwise be impassable. While one might typically think of a large bridge traversing a lake or river, the vast majority of bridges are built on a much smaller scale and one might not even notice them. Unfortunately, bridges weaken over time due to the strain of traffic and exposure the elements. This makes them susceptible to collapse and accordingly motorists are placed in extreme danger.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bridge collapse you could be entitled to financial compensation. Municipalities and governmental agencies have a responsibility to ensure that bridges are properly built and maintained and the failure to do so is inexcusable. Contact the Lake Geneva car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.
Dangers of Bridge Collapses
Almost 60 percent of bridge collapses between 1966 and 2005 were caused by foundation failure but there are other reasons for a bridge to collapse. A faulty design, ignored maintenance, and years of wear and tear could be responsible. Bridge collapses may cause vehicles to:
- Leave the road
- Become submersed in water
- Strike much lower ground with substantial force
Obviously, any of these effects would pose a grave danger to the safety of individuals in an affected vehicle. Tragically, negligent bridge maintenance could easily lead to the premature death of an innocent motorist.
As the victim of a bridge collapse accident, ensure that you are properly informed about your legal rights. Contact the Lake Geneva car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.