Pittsburgh, PA – Forbes Ave Bridge Collapse

At least ten people injured when the Forbes Ave Bridge in Pittsburgh collapsed around 6am on January 28, 2022.

Several cars as well as a Port Authority bus were on the Forbes Ave Bridge over Hot Dog Dam Park in Pittsburgh when it suffered a catastrophic structural collapsed Friday morning.  Three people who were on the Port Authority bus have been hospitalized.  Fortunately, the injuries have been reported as non life-threatening.

There is no indication yet on what caused the structural collapse, but Mayor Ed Gainey said the bridge was recently inspected just last September.  The collapse occurred just hours before President Biden was scheduled to speak in Pittsburgh about the historic $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan.  This collapse underscores the urgent need in our country to fund widespread infrastructure updates, inspections, and repairs for the sake of our citizens’ safety.

SMB is the Nation’s leading structural catastrophic collapse law firm and has recovered more compensation for victims of structural collapses than any other firm.  SMB’s attorneys have spent tens of thousands of hours working on dozens of structural collapse cases and taken the depositions of thousands of construction superintendents, structural engineers, inspectors, and workers.  SMB’s attorneys have acted as lead counsel in:

  • The Market Street Building Collapse in center city Philadelphia which killed 7 and injured 12. This complex litigation ended in a six month trial which resulted in the largest recovery in a building collapse case in  American history – $227 million for the victims and their families.
  • The collapse of the Tropicana Parking Garage in Atlantic City which killed 4 and injured 40, involving the review of millions of documents and 300 days of depositions. The case settled for a then-record $101 million.
  • The collapse of Pier 34 resulting in 3 deaths and more than 30 injuries. SMB was in charge of all discovery related to the engineering and structural failures in the litigation.

SMB is currently serving in the plaintiffs’ leadership committee for the In re: Champlain Towers Collapse Litigation stemming from the tragic June, 2021 structural collapse of a condominium building in Surfside Florida that killed 98.

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