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Bridge and Overpass Accidents in Florida

Bridges and overpasses are an essential part of Florida’s infrastructure as they connect different places and allow people to easily travel to various parts of the state. However, bridges are also often the sites of motor vehicle accidents. If you have been hurt in a car accident that took place on a bridge, you may be entitled to recoup damages for your injuries. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our highly reputable Miami car accident attorneys understand how to handle complicated auto accident claims and can apply our knowledge to building a strong case on your behalf.

Women Dies in a Single Car Accident on Buckman Bridge

A 27-year-old Middleburg woman recently died after a single-vehicle crash on the Buckman Bridge last week. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the woman was driving south on the bridge early in the morning when she lost control of her SUV, crossed all four lanes of the bridge and slammed into the inside barrier wall head on. She was rushed to the hospital where she died. FHP revealed that the woman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The left and center lanes of the highway were blocked for several hours as law enforcement tended to the scene.

Personal Injury Claims For Auto Accidents on Bridges

Sadly, the deadly accident like the one described above are not uncommon. Auto accidents on bridges can take place for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Driver negligence;
  • Poor bridge design leading to a collapse;
  • Defective or absent guardrails;
  • Unfavorable weather conditions;
  • Improperly designated ramps to enter or exit the bridge.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident on a bridge, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party. If an accident was caused by another driver’s excessive speeding and loss of control of his or her car, for example, the plaintiff would need to show that the defendant was negligent. Under Florida law, negligence occurs when an auto accident and injury is the result of a person failing to use the level of skill and care behind the wheel that a reasonably competent driver would have used in the same situation.

In some cases, auto accidents take place on a bridge because of a city, municipality or government entity’s negligence. For instance, if a municipality’s failure to fix a broken barrier caused an accident and resulting injury, that municipality may be liable. It is important to note, however, that there are some key regulations that must be followed by the plaintiff when suing the government. Among other requirements, the plaintiff must comply with a shorter statute of limitations and must serve notice to the defendant.

Seasoned Miami Bridge Accident Attorneys

Auto accidents can have devastating consequences regardless of where they happen, but when they take place on a bridge over the water the risks can be even greater. If you were injured in an accident on a Florida bridge, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami bridge accident attorneys are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for the injuries and damage that they cause. We genuinely care about each and every one of our clients and want to help you secure the most favorable outcome in your case. Call us today at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online.

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