You’ve probably heard about the travesty that took place at Florida International University. It happened a few months ago and truly shocked the community. Engineers saw cracks in the brand new bridge that has just been built. They did not inform Florida’s Department of Transportation. The bridge collapsed two days later, causing the death of 6 people. Many others were also injured due to the collapse. There were many videos on the internet of the bridge collapsing. The community is still grieving over this horrific and catastrophic event. Expert engineers felt that there were key flaws in the design plan of the bridge. By ignoring the cracks in the bridge, the engineers reaction was seen as negligent and caused the wrongful death of those 6 people. However, even if they did get the attention of the Florida Department of Transportation, their requests may have been ignored turning the whole situation into a criminal negligent case.
Someone took a series of photos of the cracks in the bridge. They were timestamped March 13th or 14th before the bridge had collapsed. There was a meeting taking place the morning before the bridge had collapsed. This meeting could have revealed who took the photos and if anyone in the meeting brought the idea of closing the road before the tragedy had happened. This could’ve prevented the deaths and injuries of many people. Unfortunately, Florida’s DOT refused to disclose any documents from theses meetings. The victims and their families sued for the damages they incurred because of the bridge collapse.
Under Florida’s state statutes, you must prove that the other party acted with “reckless disregard for human life” or had “a grossly careless disregard for the safety and welfare of the public.” A spokesman from Florida DOT made a statement that no one saw the photos until after the bridge had collapsed. Many are arguing that this is a case of criminal negligence. In order to prove criminal negligence you have to be presented with the problem and blatantly ignored it. Withholding these documents from the meeting could provide one of the biggest pieces of evidence to support this claim. Florida DOT could’ve had prior knowledge of the bridges cracks and ignored it. If they admitted this fault, then they would have to close the busy road, which would cause more delays in the project that was already severely behind. It would also anger commuters.
It’s unfortunate that tragedies like this do happen. If you and your family have to go through the a tough time like this then you truly deserve justice. The death of your loved one alone is extremely tragic. Wrongful deaths of your loved ones are simply unfair. Your loved one didn’t deserve to die. You need someone on your side who can get the compensation you deserve. Neufeld Law Firm handles multiple different types of wrongful death claims including tragic car accidents, medical malpractice, and product liability. Contact Neufeld Law Firm today for experienced Wrongful death attorneys on your side. Call 305-931-6666 or 954-523-8292 for a free consultation. Our simply fill out our contact form.