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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.


Offender denied probation after pleading guilty to car theft

Twenty-three-year-old Louisville resident Herbert Lee, who has been in jail since February 2014 after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property and resisting arrested, recently appealed for shock probation, WLKY reported on May 4.

Sheila Stealer, Lee’s defense attorney, asked the courts for shock probation instead of the 10 years he was sentenced to, based on trauma that still affects him from a fatal crash he was charged for when he was 16.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristi Gray, however, denied Gray’s motion–a move she said had nothing to do with his juvenile record. Gray said that Lee has had opportunities to reform in the past, and he has continued to prove that he is a danger to the community.

The legal team at the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville know that reckless drivers injure people in accidents everyday. If you have experienced this, our personal injury attorneys may work tirelessly on your behalf for financial compensation to cover any damages. Call our offices at (502) 584-5050 today to learn more.


Louisville two-vehicle accident kills one

Louisville Metro Police Department public information officer Carey Klain reported that 26-year-old Shelley Ann Hurt died in a two-vehicle accident early Sunday morning of January 18 at around 4 a.m., WDRB reported.

The accident occurred between Dixie Highway and Greenwood Road. According to reports, Hurt was the passenger in a Crown Victoria that cut off another vehicle while trying to turn into a business. The driver of the Crown Victoria was taken to University Hospital, while three occupants of the other vehicle were taken to the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.

Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Eddie Robinson declared that the cause of death was blunt force impact injuries due to the crash. He noted that Hurt was wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident.

Authorities have determined that drunk driving may have been a factor that contributed to the collision.


Dixie Highway road rage accident claims one life

Police authorities in Louisville, Kentucky believe that road rage played a part in the two-vehicle accident that claimed the life of 44-year-old Louisville local Joseph Harper on December 15, WLKY reported.

The accident happened at around 3:30 a.m. and caused the partial closure of Dixie Highway for four and a half hours. Witness accounts showed that the incident started at the nearby Taco Bell drive-thru in the 9000 block of Dixie Highway between Pages Lane and Stonestreet Road. Harper, who was operating a silver sport utility vehicle, bumped a white SUV in front of him. The SUV driver got out, and Vanessa McKinley, who was at the Spinelli’s Pizzeria next door, said she saw the two men fighting.

The SUV driver returned to his vehicle and left, but Harper pursued him, hopping a curb and hitting the other man’s vehicle purposefully on the road. The other man pulled into a parking lot to escape, and Harper slammed his car into reverse, hitting several objects and stopping upon impact with a light pole. Harper was pronounced dead.


Jefferson County police deputy wounded after getting hit by car

A police deputy from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Kentucky was rushed to the University Hospital in Louisville after a car hit the officer as he was responding to an accident on Wednesday evening, November 19, wdrb.com reported.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department’s Public Information Office Spokesman Carl Yates, the car accident that the deputy and other policemen were responding to happened at the intersection of Billtown Road and Michaele Lane. Yates said that the deputy was struck by a vehicle as he got out of his car to assist the other Jefferson County police officers by directing traffic. He is expected to fully recover.

Being the victim of a pedestrian accident can be a devastating event in one’s life, especially if the tragedy caused the victim to suffer from lasting and costly injuries. Fortunately, we at the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville may be able to help recover your financial losses in instances such as this. Call us today at (502) 584-5050 to explore your legal options.


One dead in vehicle-garbage truck collision in Kentucky

According to the Bullitt County Coroner’s Office, 29-year-old Bardstown, Kentucky resident Samantha Greenwell was killed at around 5:30 p.m. after the vehicle she was driving pulled into the path of a garbage truck, resulting in a collision, WDRB News reported. The accident occurred August 21 on Highway 245 in Bullitt County.

The intersection of Highway 245 and Happy Hollow Road, just outside a Jim Beam distillery factory, was closed to public traffic as a result of the accident and on-site investigation. Bullitt County dispatchers said the road was closed until 10 p.m. later the same day. Police investigators are still attempting to determine the details surrounding the fatal car accident.

Funeral arrangements for the deceased were not yet confirmed at the time of the article.

The attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm are deeply sorry for this incident and extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering during this difficult time.


Firefighter killed by passing semi-truck

While putting out a van fire in the southbound lanes of I-65, a semi-truck collided with mother and son volunteer firefighters Lisa, 43, and Jonathan French, 25, resulting in the death of Jonathan, WLKY reported on August 6.

Lisa, was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital and was reportedly in stable condition with a broken knee and dislocated elbow. The Glendale Fire Department was run by Jonathan’s uncle,  Fire Chief Richard Peters. Before the accident, the team was attempting to extinguish a van on fire along I-65 in Hardin County. As a precaution, an additional fire truck was placed behind the group. However, the passing semi-truck hit both the truck and Jonathan. Peters assured that all safety procedures were followed that day.

There has yet to be any charges pressed, but police continue to investigate the details of the incident to determine fault.

The attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering from this great loss.


Unsafe driving on 3rd Street Road

Police authorities have recently concluded that a recent car accident along 3rd Street Road in Louisville, Kentucky was not caused by speed; however, residents are anxious that the road is not safe for commuters or even pedestrians, WHSA11 reported on July 14.

The speed limit on 3rd Street is 35 miles per hour, but those who live on the street see cars zoom by at 50-60 miles per hour. The additional danger of curves and ditches contribute to the large number of accidents that happen there. One resident’s home is guarded by cement pillars because its previous tenant experienced a car crashing into the house.

Being the victim of a car accident can bring about unfortunate consequences, such as physical injuries and costly medical bills. If you have been injured in a car accident through the fault of someone else, our Louisville attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm may help you pursue compensation. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050 to schedule an appointment with our legal team.


Little girl died in Pleasure Ridge Park car accident

A seven-year-old girl, whose identity the police authorities did not make known to the public, died at the scene of a car crash the morning of May 17, Wave 3 News reported.

Three other passengers were riding with the girl when their vehicle was struck by a Jeep on the 7200 block of Terry Road at Rivers End Road in Louisville, Kentucky. The driver of the Jeep SUV was brought to the hospital with critical injuries. The three passengers accompanying the young girl also went to the hospital, but their injuries were not as severe.

Louisville Metro Police Department spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said the Jeep driver was attempting to pass a southbound car on Terry Road, causing him to be hit by the northbound Chevrolet carrying the group of individuals.

The attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm send their deepest condolences to the friends and family of the deceased during this difficult time.