There are more than 2,500 bridges and overpasses of various types and designs in Washington State. Bridges and overpasses should be safe and dependable. But many of Washington's bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, though they are still in use and are a hazard to those who must travel over them as pedestrians or in motor vehicles.
When some or all of an overpass or bridge fails, collapses or malfunctions and/or when the bridge is poorly designed travelers can be injured or killed. Our attorneys have seen first-hand how a relatively minor collision with a structurally deficient bridge can result in catastrophic injury to innocent motorists.
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Bridge Accidents in Washington State
Washington State is the floating bridge capitol of the world with the four longest and heaviest floating bridges. They are the SR 520 Evergreen Point Bridge, the I-90 Lacey V. Murrow Bridge, the I-90 Homer M. Hadley Bridge, and the SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge.
Most overpass or bridge structural failures are due to engineering or architectural negligence, including the failure to ensure proper support and/or drainage. Improper support can lead to a major catastrophe. In fact, a recent study reported that 60% of bridge and roadway failures are due to preventable erosion.
Causes of Bridge & Overpass Accidents
- Inadequate bridge or overpass maintenance
- Insufficient quality and/or scarce frequency of bridge or overpass inspections
- Unintended bridge opening / bridge opening by mistake
- Drawspan sections unexpectedly rise and are hit by cars
- Pontoon letdown / pontoon sinking
- Drawspan failure
- Corrosion of major support structures
- Bridge or overpass structures hit by vehicles
- Cracks in the bridge structures
- Under-engineered for local environmental conditions
- Poor structural support
- Oversized vehicles damage bridge or overpass structures
- Overpass failure
- Lack of proper warning signs
- Human errors and poor decisions
520 Floating Bridge Accidents
The floating bridge on Seattle's Route 520, Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge, has the distinction of being the longest floating bridge in the world. Every day, approximately 115,000 vehicles use the SR 520 bridge to cross Lake Washington.
The current bridge was designed to carry 65,000 vehicles per day. High traffic volumes make the bridge susceptible to motor vehicle collisions on the bridge and/or accidents caused by bridge design or maintenance issues.
I-90 Floating Bridge Accidents
The Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge, which crosses Lake Washington via Interstate 90 between Seattle and Bellevue, is the second-longest floating bridge in Washington state. Over 70,000 vehicles cross the I-90 bridge every day at high rates of speed. Each day there are several motor vehicle accidents on the bridge.
Free Case Review For Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a structurally deficient or dangerous bridge in Washington state, it is important that you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney about your legal rights and options for pursuing a claim. The legal team at Davis Law Group, P.S. understands the complexities associated with bridge collapse cases and can help you better understand how to proceed with a possible claim.
If we believe we can help you with your case, we will schedule you for a free legal consultation to meet with our legal team. There is no obligation to hire us and our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so there are no up-front costs to you. Call our office in downtown Seattle at (206) 727-4000 or use the confidential contact form on this page to get started.