Personal Injury and Auto Accident Attorneys Serving Florida
  • RSS Feed
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Linked In
  • Twitter
Sarasota, Florida 941-954-4000
Bradenton, Florida 941-752-7200
Default Banner

Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

The lawyers of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh have more than 100 years of combined Florida legal experience in personal injury, wrongful death and negligence cases. M. David Shapiro, David Goldman, and Michael Babboni have each represented accident victims throughout Florida for over…

Learn More ›

Personal Injury Blog Post

Family of FIU Bridge Collapse Victim Sues Construction Firms

The family of one of the six people killed in the recent FIU pedestrian bridge collapse has sued the construction companies that oversaw the bridge project.

Ana Maria Oviedo Garcia, the wife of 60-year-old victim Rolando Fraga, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Munilla Construction Management (MCM) and FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc. Fraga was on his lunch break when the bridge collapsed on top of his silver Jeep Cherokee.

Garcia’s attorneys say the construction company and bridge engineer did not pay sufficient attention to the safety of the bridge. They allege the companies should have known about the dangers before the collapse and that the road should have been closed down to protect motorists. According to the attorneys, the companies had good reason to believe there was a hazard to public safety. The companies were adjusting construction cables at the time of the collapse, a fact safety advocates say should have led to traffic being diverted.

Details of the claim

The plaintiff’s attorney says that just two days before the collapse, an engineer from FIGG left a voicemail with the Florida Department of Transportation, saying he noticed some cracks in the bridge’s cement. The two construction companies had a meeting to discuss the issue the morning of the collapse. That same day, a man under the bridge heard a sound that resembled the crack of a whip.

These signs, attorneys say, combined with the years of experience these companies have in bridge design and construction, should have been enough to alert them that a road closure was needed.

For more information on the steps you should take if injured in a construction accident, work with an experienced Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*

In order to help you more quickly, please fill out the quick form and submit.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Contact Form
Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
308 Cocoanut Avenue
Sarasota, Florida, 34236 USA
941-954-4000