What Are The Dangers Of Driving On Bridges?

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Any road can be dangerous, but bridges can present some unique dangers that can make accidents even more hazardous and likely to cause serious injuries. You should not be scared of bridges, but you should be aware of the risks. And if you do end up getting injured in an accident on a bridge, a Prince George’s County auto accident lawyer from our firm is ready to help you out.

How Can Bridges Be Dangerous?

Bridges can be uniquely dangerous in a few ways. When driving over a bridge you may have to worry about:

  • Side barriers that can do significant damage to your vehicle and cause serious injuries
  • “Chain reaction” accidents where additional cars continue to get involved in a crash
  • Slippery conditions due to a bridge’s likelihood of icing up before other nearby roads
  • Accidents that send a car over the side of a bridge
  • Damage to the bridge itself that can cause accidents or even a collapse

Can People Sue For Damages After Accidents on Bridges?

Accidents on bridges are just like car accidents anywhere else. If someone gets injured and they believe that it was due to the negligence of someone else, they can sue for damages. If you get hurt in an accident, you should receive compensation. Our lawyers help clients secure fair settlement offers that can help make up for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Property damages
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Any other pain and suffering

Do You Need a Lawyer to Sue?

You are not required to hire a lawyer when you sue for damages, but one can do a lot to help you with your case. An attorney from our firm can help you build the most convincing case possible with evidence that’s hard to dispute and testimony from experts who can back up your claim. You can focus on your recovery and getting back into your normal routine. We’ll take care of the paperwork and negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf.

How Long Do I Have to Take Legal Action?

It’s important to note that you do not have an unlimited amount of time to sue for compensation. Each state has its own statute of limitations and filing after that has expired will likely result in your case being thrown out. You have:

  • Two years to file in Virginia
  • Three years to file in Maryland or Washington, D.C.

This is why we recommend that you act quickly if you have been injured in a bridge accident.

Schedule a Consultation Today

When you’re ready to fight for compensation, don’t go it alone. Contact McCarthy, Winkelman & Mester, L.L.P. and ask about our free case consultations. We can tell you more about the potential value of your claim and what our lawyers can do to assist you.


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