What Are Dangers When Driving on a Bridge?

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Many drivers are nervous about crossing over bridges, and rightfully so. Statistics have proven that bridges lend to generally more dangerous conditions than regular roads. Continue reading to learn the potential dangers of driving over a bridge and how an experienced Houston, Texas auto accident lawyer at White Personal Injury can help if you ever encounter one.

What are the potential dangers when driving on a bridge?

The mere design of a bridge may make it potentially dangerous for drivers who cross over it. More specific examples read as follows:

  • The traffic may become more congested right before a bridge entrance, making drivers more prone to rear-ending one other.
  • The lanes on a bridge may be narrow especially with ongoing construction projects, making drivers more prone to sideswiping one another.
  • The elevation of a bridge may cause higher winds, making commercial vehicle drivers more vulnerable to being pushed around or flipped over.
  • The road on a bridge may get especially icy in certain inclement weather conditions, making drivers more prone to swerving and colliding with bridge barriers.
  • The shoulders on a bridge may be nonexistent, making drivers unable to safely pull over when experiencing car troubles or avoiding a pothole, debris, or cyclist.

What should I do if I encounter any of these dangers?

Due to the potential dangers posed by a bridge’s design, it may be in your best interest to drive abundantly cautious when crossing over it. But even in doing so, you may be sadly forced to encounter certain dangers due to circumstances beyond your reasonable control.

For example, a driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol or otherwise distracted. With this, they may have failed to maintain their lane and abruptly veered into yours. In turn, they may have caused you to collide with a bridge barrier, or in a rare, worst-case scenario, force you overboard. In another example, a commercial vehicle driver may have ignored the height and weight clearance for a bridge. With this, they may have caused a chain reaction collision, or in a rare, worst-case scenario, a bridge collapse.

This is to say that you may have entered a collision on a bridge due to no realistic fault of your own. In this case, you must recover from your bodily injuries and car damages through a personal injury claim. What’s more, this may just be the only way to punish the negligent party and prevent them from participating in such reckless driving ever again.

To conclude, there is no time like the present to kickstart your legal claim. So please, at your earliest possible convenience, get in touch with a skilled Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer from White Personal Injury.

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