You may assume that the structures and roadways you encounter every day are safe, since they were planned and built by professionals. However, at the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz, we realize that developers and construction workers are human, too, and they can make mistakes. It is a sad fact of life that many people in Texas and elsewhere can be harmed by faulty construction if they happen to be in the right place at the right time.

You may remember the incident involving the pedestrian bridge project in Miami, Florida, in which a portion of the bridge collapsed and landed on the vehicles that were parked beneath the project at a red light. As the Miami Herald explained, the cars were crushed by the 950-ton section of concrete and steel. Five people in the cars and one construction worker were killed.

You might be interested to learn that there were cracks that had appeared near the faulty section of the bridge before it fell. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board is not expected to be complete before two years, but engineers believe the design of the structure might have had something to do with its failure. They say that emphasis was placed on esthetics, and that steel pipes that appeared to support the bridge were for looks and provided little support. The families of the victims have filed lawsuits against the builders.

As our page on wrongful death explains, the sudden death of a loved one can be devastating, especially if the accident was preventable.