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Five injured in car crash after Kentucky Derby

A two-vehicle collision on Southern Parkway in Louisville, Kentucky at around 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 resulted in the injury of five individuals.

According to horse trainer Dale Romans, he and four of his friends were riding in a car a day after the Kentucky Derby to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Longfield Avenue. The car was struck by another vehicle when the driver ran the stop sign, causing a collision with Romans’ vehicle and sending it into nearby traffic. Romans’ vehicle was then T-boned by a pickup truck.

One of the victims suffered from cracked ribs, another incurred a broken pelvis, and one individual had a fractured vertebrae in the neck.

If your life was put in harm by the use of a by the negligent actions of other motorists on the road in Louisville, the lawyers at the Sampson Law Firm may be able to aggressively pursue your much needed financial compensations. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050 to learn more about your options.


McCracken County two-vehicle collision injures two women

A two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Maxon Road and Cairo Road in McCracken County, Kentucky injured two women around 1:55 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 .

According to preliminary investigations, 60-year-old Dongola, Illinois resident Estelita Wilson was driving north on Maxon Road when she failed to stop at the Cairo Road intersection. The failure to yield caused a collision with another vehicle, driven by 67-year-old Paducah resident Lavanda Elrod, who was driving west on Cairo Road. Wilson and Elrod were taken by ambulance to the emergency rooms at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah and Baptist Health Louisville Emergency Care in Louisville, respectively, for their critical injuries.

The attorneys at Sampson Law Firm handle personal injury accident cases caused by car, truck, and motorcycle accidents in Louisville. Holding another driver accountable for a car accident can help you receive financial and emotional compensation after your wreck. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices at (502) 584-5050 to discuss what legal representation we can offer you.


Porsche responds to wrongful death lawsuit after actor’s death

According to court documents filed in November by German automobile manufacturer Porsche AG, the death of 40-year-old American actor Paul Walker during a collision involving a Porsche Carrera GT was caused by the driver’s excessive rate of speed and nothing else. This statement comes in response to a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Walker’s 16-year-old daughter in September in which the plaintiff alleges that the sports car in which Walker was riding at the time of the accident had multiple design flaws which contributed to the accident and the actor’s subsequent death.

Porsche stated that the vehicle in question had been “abused and altered” before the crash occurred, and, therefore, the condition of the vehicle was not their fault.

Walker and the man behind the wheel of the vehicle died in November 2013 after crashing in southern California. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office investigators concluded that the crash was caused by the high speed.

At the Sampson Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys understand how devastating it is for families to lose dear loved ones in auto accidents that could have been prevented by adequate safety features. We work on behalf of these families to pursue compensation for the wrongful deaths of their loved ones. To learn more, call our Louisville office at (502) 584-5050 today.


Three car accident kills one

Kentucky State Police have reported that an individual lost his life in a three-vehicle accident that occurred along Interstate 75 in Laurel County, Kentucky at around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 1st.

According to preliminary investigations, a commercial vehicle was headed south near mile marker 46 along I-75 when it was stuck from the rear by a Saturn.

After the driver of the commercial vehicle stepped out to check on the other car, a third vehicle crashed into the Saturn, which was partially obstructing the road. This second collision sent the Saturn into the embankment and caused the third vehicle to strike the driver of the commercial vehicle, a man later identified as 46-year-old Nicholasville resident Zhurko Pavel.

Pavel was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in London where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the Saturn, who is yet to be identified publicly by state police, was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington where he is being treated for his injuries. His female passenger was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she was cared for and released immediately after treatment.


Two separate car accidents kill two in Kentucky

Two individuals lost their lives in two separate vehicular accidents that happened on Sunday, August 30 in Kentucky.

Chief deputy coroner Jo-Ann Farmer identified the first fatality as 54-year-old James Kirchner, who was traversing the northbound lanes along Interstate 65 in his Jeep Liberty when for some reason his vehicle swerved into a concrete pillar from the Fern Valley Road overpass.

Funeral arrangements will be handled by the Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home.

Meanwhile, 74-year-old Delores Arnold was declared dead at around 5:21 p.m. that same day from multiple blunt force injuries after her southbound Honda Accord veered over the center line into oncoming traffic and collided with a northbound vehicle on Dixie Highway in Louisville.

Resthaven’s Arch L. Heady will take care of her funeral arrangements.


One killed, several others wounded in Dixie Highway vehicular crash

Dixie Highway in Louisville, Kentucky was temporarily closed to public traffic for several hours after a head-on collision between a blue Honda Accord and a silver Dodge Dart. Sadly, the incident resulted in one individual dying at the scene of the accident and three other people being transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for the treatment of unknown injuries.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, the Honda, which had two occupants, was heading north along the highway when it veered into the southbound lanes, causing a collision with the Dodge Dart, which also had two people in it.

Witness John Campbell, who had been traveling with his wife and ten-year-old daughter in a car behind the vehicles involved in the accident, said that the first vehicle he checked on had unconscious but breathing occupants while the second vehicle contained a woman in her mid-70s who was not breathing after the crash happened.


Victim of SUV hit-and-run accident gets trapped under vehicle

A hit-and-run accident in Louisville, Kentucky left a driver trapped underneath his overturned Chevy Tahoe. The accident occurred at the 7900 block of Crittenden Drive at around 12 pm on a Tuesday late last month, according to a report from the Emergency Management Agency (MetroSafe).

Authorities suspect that a Chrysler 200 hit the truck so hard that the passenger was ejected from the vehicle. The victim of the hit-and-run accident was taken to the hospital and sustained severe leg injuries. Investigators say that the passenger of the Chrysler was also hurt, but the driver left the scene of the crime after the accident.

Being injured in a personal injury accident can be a very devastating experience. The team at Sampson Law Firm in Louisville, Kentucky will handle your case with care as you focus on your recovery. Call our offices today at 877-SAMPSON or 502-584-5050 to speak with us about your case.


Kentucky implements stricter booster seat laws

More stringent rules regarding mandatory booster seats for children riding in automobiles took effect in Kentucky on June 24, The Herald-Dispatch reported.

The previous rule required that children aged seven years and below, and 40-50 inches tall, ride in booster seats. The new law mandates that children must ride in a booster seat until they are eight, while the height requirement for children included in that bracket increased in range to 40-57 inches. These laws are meant to protect children in the event of a car accident.

Violators of the new rules will be subjected to a $30 fine or may be required to buy a booster seat form the police instead of paying the fine, Kentucky State Patrol officers said.

When children are involved in car accidents, the injuries they sustain may be devastating–even when a booster seat is used. If your child has suffered due to the actions of a reckless driver, the legal team at the Sampson Law Firm may help you hold the responsible person accountable in court. Call us at (502) 584-5050 today to begin taking action.


Two fatal wrong-way accidents occurred on Watterson Expressway

Two wrong way drivers on the Watterson Expressway in Louisville caused two fatal car accidents within the same morning, according to WAVE 3 News on June 21.

The first vehicular accident happened at around 4:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-264 near the exit for Breckenridge Lane,  Louisville Metro Police Department spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said. A man operating a Toyota Echo was traveling the wrong way down Interstate 264 when he hit a Jeep head-on. Although the Jeep occupants were not seriously injured, the driver of the Toyota Echo was killed in the accident, according to police reports.

Meanwhile, a report from Louisville MetroSafe showed that at around 6:45 a.m. about three exits down from the first accident, another fatal wrong-way wreck occurred. A woman in a black Jeep saw the traffic caused by the first accident and did a U-turn on the highway. Now driving the wrong way down the eastbound lanes of I-264, she hit a white Jeep near the Newburg exit. The collision resulted in the immediate death of the white Jeep driver.


One dies in single-vehicle crash in Russell

A fatal crash that occurred in the Russell neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky in the early morning of May 17 resulted in the death of 62-year-old Henry Frazier.

The accident occurred at around 5 a.m. at the intersection of Magazine and Dr. W.J. Hodge streets. According to reports, it involved two moving vehicles and one parked car. Frazier, a passenger inside an Oldsmobile that sustained critical damage, was found by emergency medical responders no longer breathing inside the vehicle. Both of the drivers were injured in the accident.

The crash also caused irreparable damage to the parked car, a Jeep that belonged to a resident of the neighborhood, Valeria Harrison.

Investigators are currently trying to determine who among the drivers bear responsibility for the accident, with Louisville Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell saying, “speed appears to be a factor and we haven’t ruled out any factors at this point.”