Though individuals may think of bridges as large structures that only tower over deep waterways, this is not always the case. Many roads have small bridges, which are in some cases not as well-maintained as their larger counterparts. Through prolonged exposure to the elements and the strain of constant traffic, these bridges can become weakened or structurally unstable. Moreover, if a bridge was defectively designed or built, it may be prone to collapsing.
When a roadway bridge collapses, drivers, their passengers, and any persons in the immediate vicinity may suffer serious injury as a result. If you have been hurt in a bridge collapse, contact the Milwaukee road defect lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.
The Dangers of Bridge Collapse
A bridge may collapse for a number of reasons. It may be poorly designed or built, making it inherently dangerous. It may be old and worn out, having never received sufficient or proper maintenance. Whatever the case, local governments are usually responsible for ensuring the safety of their roadways, including the bridges.
When bridges collapse, they may cause vehicles to:
- Leave the road
- Become submersed in water
If any of these events occur, the vehicle’s occupants may become gravely endangered. Victims of bridge collapse may be at greater risk for head injuries, internal organ damage, and drowning. Each of these conditions may cause long term medical problems or even death.
The Milwaukee road defects attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, believe that individuals who have suffered injuries because of bridge collapse should fight to hold the responsible local government accountable for its negligence. Contact us today at 800-242-2874 to learn more.