What are the common dangers associated with driving on bridges?

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For many, driving over the Woodrow Wilson or Ben Franklin Bridge is something you may not think twice about. For others, driving across bridges is a never-wracking experience. It’s important to understand this is not an irrational fear, as accidents on bridges can be dangerous. As such, you should familiarize yourself with the most common accidents, what you can do following a crash, and why you must connect with motor vehicle accident attorneys if you have been injured in a collision of this nature.

Why are accidents common on bridges?

Though integral to transportation, bridges can be intimidating due to their narrowness and feelings of isolation. As such, it’s important to understand that the lack of space on bridges can lead to collisions. When a vehicle is involved in an accident, it can cause a chain reaction, as drivers may not have the necessary space to avoid the accident ahead of them. Unfortunately, many collisions can occur as a result.

Additionally, because of the confined spaces, drivers are often involved in accidents because of the location of the barriers used to prevent cars from driving off the bridge. Driving too close to the outside of the lane or being pushed into the wall by another car can lead to intense injuries, as you may be stuck between the barrier and another vehicle.

It’s also important to note that despite being a small risk, there is a possibility that your car is pushed off the bridge. If you are involved in a collision or pile-up, you may be moved closer and closer to the edge of the road. Similarly, if you are struck with enough force by another car, it can push you off the bridge. As a result, your vehicle may fall and hit the water or ground below.

What should I do if I’m involved in an accident on a bridge?

If you are in an accident on a bridge, it’s important to ensure you take the necessary steps to protect yourself. The first thing you should do is contact emergency services to inform them of the collision. Request a police presence and emergency medical technicians to the scene to treat any injuries you endured. The police can help direct traffic and remove your vehicle from the bridge if you cannot safely drive away after completing the accident report and exchanging information with the driver who hit you.

You should also connect with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Unfortunately, bridge accidents can lead to many injuries and damages, so ensuring you recover the compensation you deserve for the suffering you’ve endured is critical. At Friedman Schuman, our dedicated legal team understands these matters can be overwhelming. As such, our team is committed to helping you fight for the funds you deserve when you are the victim of a negligent party’s actions. Connect with us today to learn more.

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