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Bridge collapse may bring liability concerns to builder

Florida has one of the fastest-moving construction industries in the United States, with high-rises that seem to shoot spontaneously into the air to the skylines of Miami and Orlando. But there is a lot of work that goes into every project, from planning to dedication, and each one has to be carefully tended by professionals.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has concluded a 19-month investigation into the tragic collapse of a bridge in University Park. Construction crews were doing emergency work on the span with the road beneath it still open to traffic when the collapse occurred, resulting in six deaths and 10 serious injuries.

The conclusion is dark for Florida's transportation department as well as the university operating the campus and the contractors who originally built the bridge. A design flawed with several errors apparently led to the structural failure, which began with large cracks forming at a crucial support junction at one end.

The cracks were "screaming that there was something definitely wrong with this bridge and yet no one was listening," according to the chairman of the NTSB. The Tallahassee-based bridge designer was criticized by name several times during the hearing, as the chairman went on to say a sufficient peer review should have been enough to stop the problem before construction began.

Companies facing litigation regarding construction work should consider the immediate enlistment of legal help. An attorney can help review a company's position as it relates to litigation and responsibility. Companies rarely survive on their own, and quality help is always important when companies are facing legal challenges.

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