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Missouri wrongful death: Woman killed by falling concrete

In a daily commute, drivers could ultimately cross multiple bridges. Many do so without thought of their safety, assuming -- rightly so -- that officials have taken appropriate measures to keep them safe. Unfortunately, a recent incident in Missouri -- that may lead to a wrongful death lawsuit -- could leave many people questioning the safety of certain structures.

The incident happened on a Monday in July. According to reports, a vehicle driven by a woman struck a bridge. As a result, a section of concrete fell from the bridge, striking a car underneath. The driver of that car, a 58-year-old woman, died as a result of injuries suffered due to the falling concrete.

Questions about the structural stability of the bridge have arisen since the accident; though St. Louis officials claim that the woman's death was the result of a freak accident and the bridge would have been closed if it were unsafe, inspection reports seem to paint a different picture. The bridge was determined to be structurally deficient in 2005. In 2016, inspectors noted "excessive cracking" and "overhead hazards," prompting a yearly inspection rather than the typical biennial schedule. An inspection in 2017 determined that the bridge was "basically intolerable" and gave it high priority regarding replacement.

Unfortunately, a Missouri family is now coping with the news of the unexpected death of their loved one, reportedly through no fault of her own. To ensure that they can cope with the financial complications of their loss and that responsible parties are held accountable, family members may opt to file a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney with experience with such cases can help them identify all parties whose negligence may have contributed to the woman's death, potentially including the driver of the car that is said to have initially struck the bridge and the city responsible for maintaining it.

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