The 5-week long local nightmare is over. The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge will partially reopen Friday, days ahead of of schedule.
It closed to vehicles March 20 when something described as a bootleg cab from Cincinnati crashed into it. Days later it closed to pedestrians, too, for safety reasons.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - District 6 Office said, after hiring a contractor, that it would reopen by May 1. Today, the Cabinet told the City of Covington that the bridge would reopen to cars and that the upstream walkway would reopen to pedestrians by 6 p.m. Friday.
The downstream walkway will remain closed so the contractor can finish some last-minute work and clean-up. That section should reopen over the weekend, a news release said.
"This is great news for not only the businesses near the river in Covington but also for commuters and visitors and everybody who uses the bridge to get back and forth across the Ohio," Covington City Manager David Johnston said.
The 151-year-old structure was damaged March 20 when a car hit a primary vertical column, cracking and distorting it. The historic bridge was immediately closed to vehicles and then was closed to pedestrians three days later as a safety precaution. **
The state awarded an emergency repair contract to Cincinnati-based Evers Steel Construction on April 13 for work expected to cost about $62,000.
The crack in the bridge was actually in a vertical plate installed as part of a strengthening project in the 1890s. The company removed the damaged plate, heated and straightened the primary column and then installed a new plate.
Covington Mayor Joe Meyer said the City appreciated both the expedited bid process and the fact that the state and its contractor was able to finish the work four days ahead of the previously announced May 1 deadline.
"We pressured them and they worked hard to respond," he said. "They knew it was a high priority for us and they treated it as such."
The bridge, which originally opened to vehicular traffic on New Year's Day 1867, was named a National Historic Landmark in 1975 and a National Historic Civic Engineering Landmark in 1982.
During its lifetime, it has carried everything from horse-drawn carriages to streetcars to modern vehicles. Today, more than 8,000 cars a day cross the bridge.
The injuries suffered in a motorcycle wreck are bound to be serious and require expensive medical care. A Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer can help you obtain the compensation that your recovery requires from the at-fault party.
Along with an adventurous spirit, motorcyclists must have heightened driving skills. Operating such a small vehicle among larger cars with better-protected drivers means that motorcyclists must at all times be aware of their surroundings by being hyper-vigilant and defensive. Unfortunately, many other motorists do not treat bikers as though they have a right to be on the road.
Drivers of larger vehicles often do not account for the rights of motorcyclists on the highway. This inattention and negligence can result in collisions, which can have a significant, lasting impact on the motorcyclists involved.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle wreck caused by someone else, it’s important to have a legal representative who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. A Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer with Robert Poole Law can be an invaluable partner in this time.
Who’s at Fault for Your Crash?
After an accident, motorcyclists often face negative stereotypes from insurance professionals and opposing attorneys. There is a popular narrative attending the motorcyclist that he or she is a reckless rebel with no regard for rules or the safety of other drivers. It’s an unfortunate possibility, but an insurance company is likely to exploit you in an attempt to reduce your settlement amount.
Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer will understand how insurance companies deploy this popular stereotype, and we know how to stand up to it. An attorney from our office will fight to make sure the party responsible for your accident is held accountable.
Every Potential Cause Must Be Considered
Many scenarios exist in which another driver or third party may have been responsible for your accident, including the following:
Your Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer will work to represent you fairly in court and bust the “reckless motorcyclist” stereotype so that you can get the full settlement you deserve.
Cincinnati Laws Affecting Your Crash Claim
While Ohio is a no-fault state for car insurance, the no-fault rule does not apply to motorcyclists. The serious injury threshold in motor vehicle insurance that makes it difficult for motorists to collect damages after an accident does not hold for bikers. If another driver caused your motorcycle wreck, you are entitled to file a personal injury claim for even minor injuries sustained.
Negligence is still an important consideration, however. Cincinnati follows laws of comparative negligence. This means that if you are found to have contributed to your accident, your settlement amount will be reduced by the percentage of negligence you are found culpable for. A Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer from our office can work to make sure that your level of fault is the least amount possible.
Finally, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit after a motorcycle crash in Cincinnati is three years; this statute holds for any potential personal injury case. It’s important not to wait too long after your accident, as any case brought after the statute has expired will almost certainly be thrown out of court.
What’s My Motorcycle Injury Claim Worth?
The negative effects of a motorcycle accident can last long after the shock of the initial collision has worn off. Physical difficulties can leave you sidelined for weeks, months, or even for the rest of your life. Medical bills can pile up seemingly overnight. Emotional trauma can leave you dealing with the aftershocks of the accident until it feels like you’ll never know “normal” again.
Your Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer will understand how up-ending a motorcycle crash can be and how chaotic your life can feel after the event. We will work to get you a settlement that represents all the many hardships you may now be facing after your collision. These may include any of the following damages that apply to your case:
After an accident, it’s important to know what you’re up against. Even the most careful motorcyclist is likely to be a target of the insurance companies’ biases against bikers.
Contacting Robert Poole Law can be an important first step to take after the calamity caused by a crash. You’ll rest easier knowing that we will fight to make sure you’re represented fairly and work hard to get you every penny you’re owed.
Cincinnati Motorcycle Accident FAQ
The process of seeking compensation is likely to create a number of questions that you need answers to. Your Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer will be there to provide you with the necessary information. To that end, we’ve answered a few questions below.
If I wasn’t wearing a helmet in the motorcycle wreck, will I still be able to get compensated?
If someone else was responsible for causing the motorcycle wreck, you’ll likely still be able to file a claim against them. However, not wearing a helmet can make you partially responsible and reduce your financial award, especially if brain, head, or facial injuries were involved.
What do I do if I was a motorcycle passenger and the driver caused the crash?
While it’s likely that the motorcyclist you were riding with was a friend or even a relative, you can still seek compensation through a personal injury claim. Working with an attorney can be even more important in these circumstances, as we can help diffuse any emotions involved by acting as a go-between.
Am I at fault if I was lane-splitting when the wreck occurred?
Lane-splitting is illegal in Cincinnati, so it’s very likely that you’ll be at least partially responsible. However, the other driver might still bear a large portion of the responsibility, thereby entitling you to compensation, so it’s certainly worth exploring your options.
Connect with a Cincinnati Motorcycle Wreck Attorney
If someone else caused your motorcycle crash, you shouldn’t bear the financial burden of your recovery. Robert Poole Law will prevent the insurance company from unfairly blaming you for the wreck and be an invaluable advocate in your corner, fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a free consultation with a Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer today by calling 1-800-934-3140, or simply use the online contact form on this page to get in touch with us.
Robert Poole Law
8044 Montgomery Rd Suite 700
Cincinnati, OH 45236
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It’s happened to the best drivers among us. You’re simply driving from one place to the next and then — crash — a car accident. It’s bad enough when just your vehicle is damaged, but it’s even worse when you’re injured. Even if your injury doesn’t seem bad at first, it could nevertheless become something that changes your life.
Whether the car accident involves a damaged car or drivers and/or passengers are injured, what can add overwhelming insult to injury is dealing with the insurance company — especially if it’s fighting you over compensation you need for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. You shouldn’t have to deal with this kind of conflict. This is where a car accident lawyer can help.
Our attorneys at Robert Poole Law have, for decades, built a reputation as knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate advocates for the people. We’ve recovered millions upon millions of dollars for injured drivers and passengers in several states who suffered sometimes life-altering injuries for no fault of their own. Whether it’s a car accident settlement or a car accident lawsuit going to trial, our attorneys are ready to fight for you.
"After a car accident, you have enough on your plate. You shouldn’t have to fight the insurance company alone. We have decades of experience getting millions of dollars for injured people just trying to pay their bills. Contact us today for a free case consultation.
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This is bad news for the family, because they lose many of the protections of the court system, including rules of evidence and the right to have a case heard publicly by a jury. In one recent case, a woman in a nursing home in Pennsylvania died from injuries she suffered when she was thrown from a wheelchair while being transported to a doctor’s appointment. When her family sued for compensation, the nursing home pointed to the admission contract, which said that any dispute arising from the contract had to go to arbitration. But in this case, the Pennsylvania Superior Court sided with the family. It said that the contract required arbitration if there was a financial dispute with the nursing home, but the woman’s wheelchair injury was a separate matter and didn’t “arise from” the admission contract.
If you think you may have a Nursing Home Abuse case contact us today for a free consultation.
If you’ve been involved in a collision or crash, finding a car accident lawyer to help you deal with the aftermath is a must. Here are questions to help you find the best one:
How long have you been practicing law?
Experience is a good indicator of whether you’re hiring the right person or not, says Robert Poole, However, don’t just go with general experience. Look for someone who can count on years of service in dealing with cases similar to yours. A lawyer who has a successful history of settling car accident cases will most definitely have the kind of training and insight to handle yours.
How much of your workload deals with car cases?
Expertise is born out of familiarity. If most of the cases that your lawyer deals with involve car accidents, then that’s going to bode well for you. It means your lawyer will already know what to look for, what signs to watch out for and basically what steps to take to get the case going.
What are my chances?
An experienced car accident lawyer can already make an educated guess on what’s going to happen. Your lawyer can tell you if your case has a chance or if it’s going to be better for you not to pursue the case any further. If you just got a settlement offer, your lawyer can review the offer and advise you on whether it’s a good and fair deal or not.
How much can I expect in terms of compensation?
This is a good question to ask. Most of us only know about damages that cover hospitalization, treatment bills and loss of wages. But depending on your case, you could end up qualifying for more damages like punitive damages or damages for trauma. That’s something your lawyer can determine for you.
Energy drinks such as Rockstar, Monster and RedBull – as well as energy supplements such as 5-Hour Energy – are notorious for their ability to keep people awake. These products can contain a whopping 500 milligrams of caffeine per serving, which is about seven times the amount you’d find in a can of Coke or Pepsi. The products are popular with a lot of people, including long-haul truckers, students cramming for exams, and partiers who like to club-hop until dawn. However, a recent report by the Food and Drug Administration suggests that the buzz could be coming at a severe cost. According to the FDA, the use of Monster and 5-Hour Energy may be connected to 166 health incidents, including 18 deaths, since 2004. Most of these incidents involved increased heart rate, headaches, changes in blood pressure, nausea and dizziness. More than half the incidents reported were considered serious or life-threatening or required emergency hospitalization. As a result, the FDA is investigating whether energy products pose a threat to teenagers and people with preexisting medical conditions. Currently, many energy products are sold as “dietary supplements” instead of as food items. Dietary supplements are subject to a much more lenient set of regulations; for instance, they don’t have to receive FDA approval before they’re put on the market. As a result of the FDA report, some members of Congress are now calling for these products to be reclassified.
Robert L. Poole
Attorney at Law
2656 Crescent Springs Pike
Erlanger, KY 41017
8044 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236