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New York Roadway and Structure Failure Lawyers

New York’s buildings and infrastructure are aging. Many of those buildings, bridges, roadways, intersections and crossings are failing and need repair. When bridges, roadways and buildings fail, the public is exposed to significant danger and the results can be devastating.

Structural failures may occur suddenly and in the absence of negligence. However, some structures fail because they were designed or built improperly, or because of poor maintenance. Depending upon the nature of the structural failure, those who designed, built, repaired, or maintained the structure may be liable for injuries to the public.

Some of the most common types of infrastructure failures are caused by:

  • lack of engineering
  • negligent engineering
  • poor maintenance of bridge surfaces and support systems
  • inadequate shoring
  • improperly graded roadways and shoulders
  • improperly performed excavation
  • pavement disintegration
  • lack of drainage
  • improper drainage
  • inadequate inspections
  • poorly trained personnel
  • generally substandard upkeep

According to the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, 42% of New York’s bridges are structurally deficient. In addition, nearly 10% of New York’s dams need rehabilitation to meet applicable safety standards. Further, 46% of New York’s major roads are in mediocre or poor condition. Serious injuries or death may occur when those who are supposed to ensure the safety of America’s infrastructure fail to meet the standard of care.

Wear and tear on our highways, roadways, bridges, hillsides, dams and drainage systems is a foreseeable problem. By failing to resolve the problem through maintenance and repair, those responsible for the structures may be liable for injuries that occur if the structure fails.

As a claim for infrastructure failure may need to be brought against a town, county, state or other municipality, it is critical that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney soon after an injury or death occurs. You may have as little as 30 days to file appropriate paperwork. In addition to providing you with information about the applicable deadlines, a personal injury attorney with experience in this regard will also be able to advise you about whether or how to proceed to recover for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

To learn more about your rights, contact us at (315) 313-6809 or (888) 979-1689, or by email at info@bottarlaw.com.