The recent Washington bridge collapse is a reminder that tractor-trailer accidents can permanently damage even very large roadway structures.

Truck Accidents Can Cause Lasting Damage to Infrastructure

Andrew Kim
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Last month, Washington residents were shocked to learn that a bridge along Interstate 5 collapsed without warning after an oversized truck struck an upper beam of the structure. As the investigation continues, authorities have learned that the bridge was obsolete and in need of updating, while the truck was too tall to be driving on I-5. Both issues likely contributed to the collapse, which injured three people and caused major delays between Seattle and Canada. Many believe that both issues need to be addressed on both the state and federal level. 

While most people know that Washington truck accidents can be significantly more serious than crashes involving smaller vehicles, some do not realize the damage a big-rig can also have on the road when drivers lose control. The Washington bridge collapse is just one example of how tractor-trailers can create dangerous road conditions—even if they don’t crash into other vehicles. 

In the past, commercial truck accidents have damaged the following types of structures: 

  • Bridges 
  • Overpasses
  • Guardrails
  • On-ramps and off-ramps
  • Signage 
  • Buildings and homes

Truck accidents can affect the road and other drivers, even after the crash takes place. It is important that our structures are built to withstand the impact of these large vehicles and that they are inspected regularly to pinpoint issues or weaknesses. 

Have you been injured in a Washington truck accident or in an accident that involved poor infrastructure or damaged road structures? Speak to Seattle personal injury attorney Andrew Kim about your case today: 1-800-636-3676. 

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