After a years-long closure of the bridge, the new 6th Street Bridge finally opened to the public. Prior to opening to traffic, the bridge was open to pedestrians and bicyclists for a few hours. Almost immediately after opening to traffic, the incidents began. So far, there have been reports of illegal street racing, street takeovers, car accidents, pedestrian accidents, and even climbing resulting in falls. This is because the new bridge has captured the attention of many people – some who are passing by just to experience the new landmark and some who are performing dangerous stunts in an effort to go viral without any thought to the risks that they are taking.
According to the authorities, there have been car accidents after vehicles have stopped on the bridge in “No Parking” and strict “No Stopping” zones, resulting in the illegally stopped vehicles being rear-ended. The risk of auto accidents is also high because drivers who are passing by are often distracted admiring the bridge or trying to take photos/video of the bridge as they are driving by. In addition, there have been many reports of people climbing the bridge’s archways, which is a severe fall risk.
Although the authorities claim that there have been increased patrols on the bridge, the new 6th Street Bridge continues to incite risky behavior. Without a doubt, this is due to the bridge’s design.
Were you or a loved one injured on an incident on the new 6th Street Bridge connecting Downtown L.A. to Boyle Heights? If so, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit – you should seek legal help as soon as possible to learn more about the legal options available to you and your family after your accident. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our personal injury lawyers are ready to help you file a government claim against the City of Los Angeles after an incident on the new bridge. Do not hesitate to contact us today.
Examples of the Incidents that Could Occur on the 6th Street Bridge
Some of the possible incidents that could occur on the bridge include the following:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
The bridge does not have a shoulder where drivers can pull over in case of an emergency. In addition, there is no center divider to prevent or deter street takeovers. This increases the risk of auto accidents. Additionally, the bike lane and the sidewalk are only separated from the traffic lanes by rubber stoppers, which are simply not enough to prevent bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. Also, the archways are easily accessible and can be climbed; this creates a significant fall risk.
The fact is that these incidents can be directly associated with the bridge’s defective design as well as failures with surveillance and police presence, for example.
These incidents can all lead to a number of injuries, which could include head injuries, brain injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, etc.
No matter the harm that you or a loved one suffered in an incident on the new bridge, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. Contact us today for more information regarding your legal options.
Can I File a Lawsuit after an Incident on the 6thStreet Bridge in Los Angeles?
Yes, you could file a lawsuit – against the city – if you or a loved one were harmed in an incident on the 6th Street Bridge that was directly related to the hazardous conditions on the bridge. In fact, you will be eligible to file a government claim for the harm that you or a loved one suffered. For more information about the legal options available for you, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers can guide you every step of the way.
File a Government Claim
As mentioned above, you could sue the city for an incident caused by the hazardous conditions on the bridge. To sue the city for any harm resulting from an accident, you will need to file an administrative claim. The administrative claim must be filed within six months of the date of the incident. The city will have forty-five days to respond to the administrative claim. Of course, the city can respond positively and accept your claim, agreeing to a fair payout. However, this is the best-case scenario, and things are usually not that easy.
If the city entity responds to your claim and denies it, you will have a total of six months to file a civil lawsuit? What if there is no response? If the city agency fails to respond within the forty-five-day timeframe, then you will have a total of two years to file your lawsuit in civil court.
Of course, it is essential that you file your claim on time. If you fail to file the government claim against the city entity on time, you could lose your right to sue entirely. For more information about the total length of time that you have to file your claim, contact us at your earliest convenience. Our lawyers have experience handling government claims and can help you better understand the legal options available you you.
Can I Recover Compensation after an Accident on the 6thStreet Bridge?
Yes – if your lawsuit is successful, you could be entitled to recover monetary compensation? What could you be awarded? What type of compensation can you recover? Based on the details surrounding your accident claim, you could potentially be awarded compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Punitive damages
- Legal costs
If you are filing a wrongful death claim, you could additionally be compensated for
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of consortium
For more information about the specific type of compensation that you could recover, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to evaluate your accident claim and help you recover the payout that you are owed. You can trust that our experts can fight for your right to get the highest settlement available for the harm that you suffered.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Our lawyers here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group are more than ready to fight for your rights and help you sue the City of Los Angeles after your accident on the new 6th Street Bridge. If you or a loved one suffered harm on this bridge, it is essential that you seek legal assistance with the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to guide you every step of the way. If you would like to speak with our lawyers, contact us at your earliest convenience.
We are proud to offer free legal services which allow us to remain accessible to all those who are looking for legal help. Our free legal services include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our expert lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address absolutely all of your concerns. You can trust that our lawyers will be available to provide you with all the information that you need to begin or continue your claim after the incident on the 6th Street Bridge. If you are ready to benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.
Here at our firm, we are proud to offer a Zero-Fee guarantee – this means that our clients will not be required to pay upfront legal costs for any of our legal services. In addition, our lawyers work strictly on contingency; therefore, our clients will actually not be required to pay legal fees until after winning their claim. If you do not win, you will not be financially responsible for paying any legal costs whatsoever.
If you would like to discuss your legal options with our lawyers after an accident on the new 6th Street Bridge, contact us today. Our lawyers are ready to help you file your injury lawsuit.