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Recovering Damages From A Collapsing Bridge Caused By A Negligent Truck Driver

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Negligent truck drivers can cause much more damage than other types of accidents due to the truck's size. Not only is a commercial truck much heavier, but the size of the vehicle can be enough to cause accidents that other vehicles cannot cause. For example, a commercial truck might collide with a low bridge and cause a low-clearance accident.

How a Low-Clearance Bridge Accident Occurs

A low-clearance accident is when a truck attempts to drive under a bridge, but the clearance is too low, which can cause the bridge to collapse due to the force of the truck damaging the bridge. You might be injured because you were on the bridge or near the truck, and the collapsing bridge wounded you.

Negligence After a Low-Clearance Bridge Accident

Truck drivers are expected to be aware of low bridges and to do everything they can to avoid them. They should plan their routes carefully and know how tall their trucks are. In some cases, the truck might also have cargo that extends high enough to cause clearance issues.

However, some truck drivers fail to identify or avoid low bridges because they are distracted. Truck drivers work long hours. They might not notice a low bridge or are influenced by drugs or alcohol. When distracted, a truck driver might not see a sign that informs them that an upcoming bridge is too low. 

Injuries Caused By a Collapsing Bridge

An accident caused by a collapsing bridge and the resulting injuries can be severe and lead to substantial injuries. You might experience broken bones, damaged internal organs, a head injury, deep cuts, and even an amputation.

These injuries can be costly to recover from, and you might need medical care for the rest of your life. You might also be unable to work. Therefore, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Why You Need a Truck Accident Attorney

A commercial truck accident lawyer can help you assemble a solid case for why you deserve compensation for your injuries. By focusing on truck accident cases, they'll know the evidence you need to prove your case.

They'll also help you calculate your damages and negotiate a settlement with a commercial truck accident insurance provider. They will also investigate whether another party, such as the company that constructed the bridge, may be at fault and whether they designed it properly. Insurance providers will do everything they can to pay you fairly unless you work with an experienced attorney.