Bridge Construction Accident
Following a fatal pedestrian car accident involving a Florida International University student last year, many hoped that a new pedestrian bridge would provide students a safe passage across a multi lane street connecting the campus to the surrounding residential area. However, on Friday, something went terribly wrong when the yet-to-be-opened pedestrian bridge inexplicably came down, crushing vehicles and occupants below. A bridge project intended to save lives is now the cause of multiple injuries and fatalities after it collapsed.
Road Hazard Accidents and Injuries
It is difficult to fathom a brand new bridge causing so much devastation when so much of the focus has been on aging bridges across the nation and the potential risks they pose to drivers and pedestrians alike. Just over a decade ago, the catastrophic collapse of the I-35 bridge over the Mississippi sparked a national debate and widespread concern over the nations aging infrastructure, and, as it turns out, Iowa bridges are considered among the nation’s worst with nearly 5,000 ranked structurally deficient.
Iowa Car Accident Caused by Roadway Hazards or Construction
Not only are Iowa bridges failing the test, over ten percent of the roadways in the state are in the need of repair. While many accidents involving vehicles are attributed to driving behaviors, road issues such as disintegrating roads and bridges, broken cement blocks, debris from broken pieces of road or road construction can also cause collisions or accidents.
Injured in an Iowa Car Accident Due to Road Hazard – Where to Turn
The government or private businesses that design, build and maintain roads may liable for roadway hazards that cause injury or death to a motorist, pedestrian or cyclist. It is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney for information regarding injuries caused by roadway hazards, including construction, to obtain compensation. If you or a family member is injured in a Quad-Cities car accident, contact the Davenport Iowa car accident injury lawyers of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for assistance today at 563-355-6478.