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State named as defendant in wrongful death suit

Residents of California understand all too well that the state’s infrastructure is in need of repairs. Roadways are showing their age and the fact that they take quite a beating from everything from heavy traffic to harsh weather. Necessary repairs do not only serve cosmetic purposes but also protect motorists from potentially hazardous road conditions.

The family of a man who died in a single-vehicle accident in Washington last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the state, noting that the husband and father of two was the primary provider for the family before his death. The fatal accident occurred in the spring when there was still ice on the road. The accident victim’s pickup truck reportedly ran off a bridge and landed in a watery marsh after crashing through the bridge’s wooden railing.

According to the attorney representing the victim’s family, the state of Washington is liable for the man’s death because the bridge was neither maintained properly nor outfitted with the appropriate safety features to prevent the accident. The plaintiffs in the suit claim that the victim’s death would not have occurred had the bridge been equipped with metal guardrails instead of wood ones. Making its argument, the suit cites that two other fatal accidents happened on the bridge in question within the past two decades, and several inspections of the bridge document significant structural issues going all the way back to 2007.

When state governments failed to take action for the safety of those who travel travel their roads, it is often the victims and their families who pay the ultimate price. Experienced personal injury attorneys help victims and their families receive the compensation and recognition that they deserve in cases where serious injuries and/or fatalities could have been avoided.

Source: The Daily World, “Wrongful death suit filed in crash on 107 bridge,” Steven Friedrich, June 10, 2004

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