North Carolina residents may have heard about the bridge collapse at Florida International University. The collapse led to the deaths of eight people and crushed six cars. At the time of the accident, the bridge was being put through a stress test while cars were allowed to drive over it. No one is sure why that was the case, and many believe that the adjacent area should have been closed.
However, there is no clear answer as to whether the stress test was the cause of the collapse. Some question whether the bridge was completed too quickly. It took roughly one night five days before the collapse to put it together. There are also some questions as to whether Munilla Construction Management (MCM) won the right to build the bridge because of political ties. Although it is a large firm, it has also given hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to local officials.
Munilla Construction was also accused of doing shoddy work by a TSA employee who was injured walking along a makeshift bridge at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The suit claimed that the bridge broke while the employee was walking on it, and the fall caused significant injuries. Therefore, some have asked if the government properly vetted the company before choosing it to work on the project.
If negligence results in a person's death, the family of the victim may be able to file a wrongful death suit. Damages may include funeral expenses, lost future earnings because of wrongful death and other related financial losses. An attorney may review a case to determine if negligence played a role in an accident that led to an individual dying. In some cases, multiple parties may be held liable for causing a construction or other accident to occur.