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NYC Bridge Accidents Can Be Serious

June 13, 2022
Collapsed Bridge

A multi-vehicle crash left a driver in critical condition following an accident on Brooklyn Bridge. The accident happened at about 3 pm on April 2, 2022. The crash resulted in the closure of the eastbound lanes for several hours. Images from the aftermath showed three heavily damaged vehicles along the bridge’s Brooklyn-bound side. A black Kia car was on its side, while a black van had a crumpled-down roof and looked completely totaled.

The 30-year-old man in critical condition was violently ejected from the car and was rushed to the Bellevue Hospital for prompt treatment. Six other people sustained minor injuries and received medical treatment on the scene. People who witnessed the crash said that it felt surreal because one vehicle became airborne, and bodies were strewn across the street.

Traffic from Manhattan slowed down to a standstill for several hours due to the closure of multiple lanes as police officers investigated the accident scene. According to the NYPD, the critically injured driver had been driving his 2021 Jeep extremely fast. However, the cause of the crash is still unknown.

Risks of NYC Bridge Accidents

Apart from the severe to life-threatening injuries that can result from multi-vehicle crashes, such accidents on a bridge can also come with other serious risks, including the following:

  • Chain Reaction Crashes – Because of the confined space, there’s very little to no space for maneuvering and trying to avoid a crash on a bridge.
  • Forced Overboard – In accidents that occur on any bridge, there’s always a risk of a car getting forced overboard, causing the car to dive into the water, fall into a ditch, or crash in an underpass. These risks can be increased by the extent of traffic on the bridge since a chain reaction crash could result in a car or two crashing into your car, increasing the risk of your car getting forced overboard.
  • Side Bridge Impact – The bridge barriers help safeguard vehicles from accidentally falling off the side of the bridge and into the underpass or water below. But they can likewise cause a significant side-door impact when your car gets pushed into a barrier. When this happens, severe injuries, such as mangled body parts and crushed or broken bones, can occur, especially if the vehicle occupants become trapped between other cars and the bridge barrier.
  • Bridge Collapse – While a bridge collapse is rare, some bridges can collapse when they become incapable of holding heavy weight (for various reasons) or when irregular vibrations negatively impact their structural integrity.

Get In Touch With a Skilled Brooklyn Car Accident Attorney Today

If you have suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident, whether on an NYC bridge or roadway, you have the legal right to pursue fair compensation for your losses. To find out more about your legal options for financial recovery, reach out to Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman for legal advice. You can set up a free consultation with our NYC car accident attorney by sending us an online message or calling our office at 347-822-3937.


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