Many failures of structures, roadways, and bridges occur because of architectural or engineering negligence. Common causes of these failures include failing to make sure that proper drainage and/or support exists.
The results can be devastating when improper support exists. Most roadway and bridge failures are the result of entirely preventable erosion.
Injuries can occur during structure, roadway, and bridge failures. These injuries can occur in numerous fashions, such as:
- Roadway failures
- Bridge failures
- Structural failures
- Pavement edge drop-offs
- Site distance obstructions
How Can a Structure, Roadway, and Bridge Failure Lawyer Help Me?
The battle-tested, expert attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen are experienced in the investigation, prosecution, and litigation of all kinds of structural, roadway, and bridge cases.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of the failure of a structure, roadway, or bridge, you and/or your loved ones might qualify for financial compensation for medical bills, pain, suffering, lost income, special education, and life-long medical expenses and healthcare.
We represent victims of structure, roadway, and bridge failures on a contingency fee basis, meaning no fee is charged unless and until a financial recovery is obtained. We can also get you to the finest doctors in California who will treat you on a lien if you can’t afford medical care for your injuries.
A medical lien means that doctors will not charge you until your case is over. They are willing to do this because they are familiar with our long track record of success and know that when we accept a client, we win their case.
Bridge Collapse Lawyers
There are over 617,000 bridges in the United States. 42 percent of them are at least 50 years old. 7.5 percent of them are structurally deficient. 178 million vehicles drive across these structurally deficient bridges on a daily basis.
Each day, millions of Americans drive across bridges to get to work, school, appointments, and more. Each driver has a right to use safe bridges that are built and maintained properly. However, bridges can collapse at any time. While it is rare for bridges to collapse, when they do, substantial numbers of people can be hurt or killed.
What Causes Bridge Collapses?
Bridge collapses can be caused by many things, including:
- Poor bridge design
- Improper or negligent construction
- Use of poor or defective materials while building the bridge
- A failure to inspect the bridge routinely
- A faulty foundation
- Hidden defects
- A lack of adequate maintenance or upkeep
- Deterioration or corrosion of bridge materials and supports
- Overloading of the bridge
- Damage caused by boat or car collisions
- Weakening from old age
- General wear and tear
- Inadequate drainage
- Shifting of water currents
- Poor weather
The ultimate cause of bridge collapses often begins with improper construction and design.
An engineer may have slightly miscalculated the proper cable size or the right cement mixture. Those who built the bridge might have used poor, cheap materials to save money. The bridge may now carry more cars than it was originally designed to, without any re-engineering or reinforcement being applied to it.
A tiny design mistake, a change of materials while the bridge is being built, or the bridge being used too much over time may not immediately cause a bridge to collapse. However, this type of negligence can leave bridges susceptible to sudden failure at any given point in time.
Roadway Failure Lawyers
There were 27,305,220 licensed drivers in California in 2019. Drivers and passengers can be injured when some or all of a roadway collapses or fails.
Failures of roadways can be caused by:
- Negligence during construction
- Bad design
- Inadequate maintenance
- Poor materials
- Inadequate inspection
- Wear and tear
- Old age
Physical failures of the road aren’t the only roadway problems that can injure people. Roadways can be defective or unsafe and lead to injuries due to:
- Concrete and asphalt defects
- Inadequate sight distance
- Failure to install median barriers
- Bad design
- Dangerous intersection design
- Pavement edge drop-offs
- Excessive oil and/or gravel
- Debris and trees on the road
- Inadequate or insufficient notification of shoulder changes
- Insufficient shoulder area
- Negligent maintenance
- A lack of warning signs
- Badly established construction zones
- Site distance obstructions
- Defective drainage design
- Bad weather
- Obstructed signs
- Signal malfunctions
- Improper embankment or curve
- Inadequate or insufficient notification of impending conditions
- Inadequate highway line striping, edge lines, or division
- A lack of signals
About ¾ of accidents related to poor roadway conditions and weather are caused by random debris, signal malfunctions, failure of signs, or poor road design.
Roadway failures, unsafe roads, and defective roads can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and get in an accident. When roadways cause car accidents, the government entity responsible for the maintenance and/or design of the road might be held liable for the accident and any injuries caused by the accident. Lawsuits against government entities involve complex legal issues.
Lawsuits against government entities such as federal, state, county, and city agencies are subject to different legal procedures than your average car accident case, and multiple parties are often at fault in these cases.
It isn’t always clear what caused an auto accident. While it may seem an accident was caused by driver error, the accident may have actually occurred due to a defective road. This is why it’s vital to be represented by experienced lawyers who know how and where to look for evidence of road defects.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by a roadway failure or a defective/unsafe road, our experienced legal team can help you navigate the complexities of a lawsuit against a government entity.
Structure Failure Lawyers
Injuries caused by structure failure may ultimately be the result of negligence, or the failure to use reasonable care to prevent harm, and may thus be the basis of legal claims for financial compensation. Negligence may be the cause of what first appears to simply be an accident.
Structure failures can be caused by many examples of negligence, such as:
- An architect who uses a design they should know isn’t capable of withstanding a load
- A manager of a building who allows components of a building to rust, destabilizing the building
- Engineers who use cheap materials that they know aren’t strong enough for use in a specific design in order to save money
- A negligently caused explosion, destabilizing building components
- A tenant allowing too many people on a deck, leading to a collapse
- Building owners failing to inspect cracks in a building’s stress points or take action regarding the cracks
- Foundational errors which make a structure dangerous from the very beginning
Many different parties can be found negligent and therefore financially liable in a structure failure case, including:
- Building owners
- Building managers
- Construction equipment and vehicle manufacturers
- Construction contractors
- Construction subcontractors
Experienced structure failure lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen can help you navigate the complexities of a structure failure case in order to determine what caused a structural failure and who is responsible for it.
Structure, Roadway, and Bridge Failure Injuries
Many different injuries can occur in a structure, roadway, or bridge failure, such as:
- Wrongful death
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Bone fractures
- Severe lacerations
- Respiratory illnesses from breathing in fumes and dust
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limb
If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries, including any of the above, you may be entitled to be financially compensated for your injuries.
Structure, Roadway, and Bridge Failure Compensation
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a structure, roadway, or bridge failure, you may be entitled to financial compensation for many things, including:
- Wrongful death
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium (companionship)
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Occupational or physical therapy
- Emotional anguish
- Mental health treatment
- Punitive damages, when warranted
During a free consultation, you can learn more about what types of damages you may be entitled to after being injured in a structure, roadway, or bridge failure.
Do I Have a Valid Structure, Roadway, or Bridge Failure Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one was injured or killed as the result of somebody’s negligence, you can file a structure, roadway, or bridge failure lawsuit in California and seek to recover financial compensation for your injuries and other losses.
California law holds those who injure others via negligence financially liable for any injuries and losses that result from the negligence.
A defendant in California is considered negligently responsible for your injuries when:
- They had a duty of reasonable care
- They breached that duty of reasonable care
- You were injured
- Their breaching their duty of care caused you to be injured
An example of breaching a duty of reasonable care would be using cheap, poor materials to build a bridge, despite knowing the materials are inadequate, in order to save money. This is not something a reasonably careful person would do, thus it is negligent.
If you don’t know whether the structure, roadway, or bridge failure that injured you or your loved one was the result of someone else’s negligence, we can conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding your injuries.
We have been representing injured Californians since 1990 and have built up a substantial network of the finest investigators and experts in California who can help in determining who is responsible for your injuries and proving that they were negligent.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Structure, Roadway, or Bridge Failure Lawyer?
The experienced, expert structure, roadway, and bridge failure attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t charge a fee until and unless we obtain financial compensation for your injuries.
The only fee we charge is a percentage of any financial recovery we obtain for you. In other words, we don’t charge a fee until and unless we successfully settle or win your case. You will never owe us any money out of pocket, so you have nothing to lose by calling us if you or a loved one was injured or killed by a structure, roadway, or bridge failure.
Call us, text us from this page, or fill out our online contact form so that we can give you a free consultation and fight for your legal right to obtain every penny you are entitled to under California law for your injuries.