Ohio residents may have heard about an Aug. 2 multi-vehicle crash that injured several people on a bridge connecting Cincinnati and Covington. Reports say a semi-truck was crossing the Brent Spence Bridge southbound in the right-hand lane when an SUV allegedly turned sharply in front of the truck in an attempt to exit at 5th Street. The 18-wheeler struck the SUV and pushed it off the upper portion of the bridge onto the lower portion, resulting in a chain-reaction collision involving a total of eight vehicles.
Six people were injured and were taken to area hospitals. Interstate 71/75 was closed in both directions for several hours while authorities cleared wreckage from the scene and investigated the accident. The Brent Spence Bridge is a double-decker bridge that carries southbound traffic on the upper level and northbound traffic on the lower level.
The bridge has been publicly criticized for its lack of safety following a 2011 fatal accident in which a man trying to push his disabled vehicle was struck and thrown off the bridge and into the water. Local government officials called on the federal government to install safety measures, saying that failure to do so places lives at risk.
When a person is hurt in a motor vehicle accident, it is sometimes possible to pursue compensation by filing a personal injury civil suit. This may be especially pertinent if it can be determined that the accident resulted from a negligent act such as reckless driving. Anyone facing similar circumstances may want to discuss their situation with an attorney who has experience in personal injury law to see filing is a valid decision.
Source: FOX 19, "Crash causes three-hour closure of Brent Spence Bridge, raises concerns about bridge's safety", Kelly Taylor, Nathan Vicar, and Courtney Danser, August 04, 2014