Imagine you are traveling along the Paseo Bridge when a chunk of concrete falls into the roadway. While the cars ahead of you are able to swerve out of the way in time, you lose control of your motorcycle and slide sideways into the back of the car ahead of you. Who is responsible for the crash?
The fact is, there are a number of parties who could be responsible for the accident, including:
- The bridge designer. If your crash was caused by an inherent problem with the design of the bridge, such as stress on the cables or insufficient ratio of steel to concrete, the designer could be held liable for putting you at unnecessary risk.
- The Department of Transportation (DOT). The Missouri DOT has a responsibility to perform regular inspection of bridges in the state to make sure they maintain enough structural integrity for the traffic that regularly crosses them.
- Maintenance or construction company. If the bridge was undergoing construction or maintenance work, it is possible that recent work or tremors could have set off the shaking that dislodged the concrete.
- State or city municipality. Many government entities can be held liable for crashes caused on state highways or other government property. A missing speed sign, lack of proper guardrails, or any other defect that has not been corrected in a reasonable amount of time can be attributed to a government body.
How to Get Justice After a Motorcycle Accident on a Kansas City Bridge
If you suffered a motorcycle crash while going over a Missouri bridge, you need to have the accident investigated as soon as possible to determine who is at fault. Click the contact link on this page for more information, or download a free copy of James Roswold’s book, The Devil’s Advocate: A Biker’s Guide to Accidents and Injuries.