Bridge Accident Lawsuits & Settlements
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 that are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete 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.
If you have been injured in a bridge or overpass accident or collapse, it may be in your best interest to consult with an attorney who is experienced in handling motor vehicle accident claims involving collapsing and defective bridges and overpasses. Attorney Chris Davis and the legal team at Davis Law Group have years of experience in bridge accidents across Washington state. Call 206-727-4000 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Bridge Collapse Attorney In The News
Davis Law Group, P.S. founder Chris Davis is one of the most respected and recognized civil litigation lawyers practicing in Washington State. Davis Law Group has been named Best Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Dispute Resolution Awards.
As a prominent bridge accident injury lawyer with experience in handling bridge accident claims, attorney Chris Davis's expert opinion is often featured by local media covering bridge-related issues and/or some of his cases--including the Skagit River Bridge Collapse.
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 - Collisions on Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge)
The floating bridge on Seattle's Route 520 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 - Collisions on Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge
The Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge which crosses Lake Washington via Interstate 90 is the second longest floating bridge. 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.
Washington State’s Unsafe Bridges
- structurally deficient
- functionally obsolete
Bridge Construction Materials
- Prestressed concrete
- Wrought Iron
- Cast Iron
Bridge Design Types
- Box Beam
- Tee Beam
- Floor Beam
- Channel Beam
Bridge Functional Class
- Major Collector
- Minor Collector
- Principal Arterial