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Kentucky records over 800 fatal accidents in 2016

Kentucky reported that it recorded 810 fatalities due to vehicular accidents in 2016. Seven individuals lost their lives in vehicular accidents all over Kentucky over the New Year’s eve weekend.

Kentucky State Police troopers said among the biggest factors of fatal vehicular accidents in the state were driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and distracted driving, mostly because people used cell phones while driving. Trooper Bernie Napier noted the importance of “Paying attention to your surroundings and to what other drivers around you are doing, because if you’re driving along and paying attention, you might see the guy next to you who’s on his cell phone and you might know to be a little more cautious because you don’t know what he’s going to do.”

Napier encouraged parents to install an application on their children’s phones that automatically shuts down the texting features of a cell phone if the cell phone is inside a vehicle going beyond a certain speed. Over 200 of the 810 people who died in car accidents were between the ages of 16 and 29, troopers said.

Our attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm provide legal services in Louisville and other areas of Kentucky. We help our clients pursue personal injury accident claims against individuals or parties who have caused harm because of their negligent or reckless actions. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050.


Two die in two-vehicle collision in Frankfort County

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office in Kentucky reported that a two-vehicle collision happened on Wilkinson Street in Frankfort, KY last Friday, killing two people.

According to preliminary investigations, a Toyota was headed south along Wilkinson Street when it collided with a Jeep that was headed north.

The driver and the passenger of the Toyota, 22-year-old Alexandria Nicole Maness and 27-year-old Steven Christopher Snow, respectively, were declared dead at the scene of the accident.

There is no evidence at this time that speed or alcohol were factors in the accident. However, police authorities said both Maness and Snow were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.

The Frankfort Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team are conducting further investigations into the incident. A toxicology exam is also being done on the two deceased.


Former Louisville cheerleader dies in vehicular crash

Twenty-five-year-old Shanae Moorman, who was a former cheerleader at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, lost her life during a single-vehicle crash that happened on Saturday, August 6 at around 3 a.m. along Interstate 64-East at the Gene Snyder ramp.

Moorman had not been wearing at the time of the incident and was thrown out of the vehicle as it flipped over due to the force of the impact the crash. She was declared dead at the scene of the accident at around 3:10 a.m. by local authorities.

Thirty-four-year-old Bradley Caraway, the person driving the vehicle that Moorman was on, has been charged with leaving the scene of the accident.

Moorman had been a U of L cheerleader from 2010 to 2013 and had been a 2009 graduate of Louisville Male High School.

The thoughts of our attorneys at Sampson Law Firm go out to the victim and her loved ones in this trying time.


Four-vehicle accident rips apart Jeffersontown home

A four-vehicle accident on Friday, July 22 resulted in damages to two houses that were located on Summerfield Drive in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. The vehicles involved consisted of a red car, a black sport utility vehicle, a white pickup truck, and another red car.

According to preliminary investigations, the impact of the crash was so extensive that the pickup ended up inside the first house while one of the red cars came to rest behind and underneath the pickup truck. Police officials have yet to provide details as to how the crash unfolded and have not revealed whether anyone had been hurt in the situation.

Our attorneys at Sampson Law Firm can help you take legal action should your welfare have the misfortune to have been compromised by falling victim to the negligent actions of other motorists on the road. Call our Louisville, Kentucky offices today at (502) 584-5050.


CDC report shows more people die in car accidents in the U.S. than in other wealthy countries

A CDC Vital Signs report, that was issued by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, July 6, showed that there are a greater number of individuals who lose their lives each year in vehicular accidents in America as compared with other high-income countries.

In comparison with 19 other first-world countries, which have reported a decrease of an average of 56% in their motor vehicle death rate per capita over the past 13 years, the U.S. has the slowest decline with only 31%. To illustrate, vehicular death rates in the countries of Denmark and Spain have dropped 75.1% and 63.5%, respectively.

The statistics came from data collected by the World Health Organization and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development during the period 2000 to 2013, cataloging accidents and fatalities that involved drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists.

The U.S. ranked first in vehicular fatalities per 100,000 people and per 10,000 registered vehicles, with the CDC calling it “a serious public health issue”.

Our attorneys at Sampson Law Firm hold negligent motorists or other irresponsible parties liable for the accidents that their reckless actions have caused. If you had been hurt in a motorcycle, car, or truck accident in Louisville or other areas in Kentucky, we will help you take legal action against those responsible for your plight. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team right away.


Driver charged in fatal vehicular accident says he was not intoxicated at the time of the crash

Twenty-four-year-old Mountain Lakes, New Jersey resident Bhavuk Uppal, was indicted in May 2016 on three counts of aggravated manslaughter and other charges in relation to a deadly crash that took the life of three people last summer. He said was not under the influence of alcohol and narcotics at the time, and made a not guilty plea in his arraignment during the last week of June.

According to preliminary investigations made by police authorities, Uppal had been speeding when he crashed into a car in front of him in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 in Rockaway Township on July 11, 2015, causing the death of three individuals and wounding two others in a chain-reaction crash.

An injury due to a car accident can pose as a risk to the stability of an accident victim’s financial condition and physical well-being. If you had been hurt in a car accident in Louisville because of the negligent actions of others, we at Sampson Law Firm can legally help you. Call our personal injury lawyers today at (502) 584-5050 to explore your legal options.


Single-car crash kills one

A single-vehicular accident that happened shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 5 along Kentucky 492 just outside of Morganfield in Union County, Kentucky resulted in the death of an individual.

The victim was a 16-year-old Sebree girl, who was a passenger in a Dodge Durango driven by a 19-year-old Morganfield man.

Police said the two had not been wearing seat belts when the accident occurred, causing them to get ejected from the SUV.

The girl was declared dead on arrival at the Methodist Hospital Union County while the man was taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville in Vandenburgh County, Indiana and was listed under stable condition.


One man hurt, another taken into police custody in McCracken single-vehicle crash

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department in Kentucky reported that a single-vehicle accident on Sunday, February 28 resulted in one person getting hurt and another getting arrested.

Emergency medical responders and police officers who came to the scene of the accident found 44-year-old Hodgenville resident Terry Wellnitz , the driver, and 52-year-old Daniel Owens, also of Hodgenville, standing near the door of the U-Haul truck they were traveling in minutes before the accident happened.

Wellnitz was subjected to field sobriety tests and was found to be driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance. He was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

On the other hand, Owens was transported to Lourdes Hospital in Paducah to get treatment for his non-life-threatening injuries.

Drunk drivers put everyone on the road at risk, and unfortunately, many people suffer preventable injuries in car accidents caused by drunk drivers every day. If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving accident, let the experienced team of attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm help you. Call us today at (502) 584-5050.


Caitlyn Jenner settles lawsuit with woman in Malibu crash

Sixty-six-year-old former Olympic gold medalist and television personality Caitlyn Jenner has settled a lawsuit filed against her by Jessica Steindorf, a woman who was involved in the February 2015 four-vehicle collision along the Pacific Coastal Highway in Malibu, California, for an undisclosed amount of money.

According to Steindorff, the accident caused her to suffer loss of wages and earning capacity as her injuries prevented her from going to work. Police officials have cleared Jenner of any wrongdoing, stating that Jenner had been driving at a slower rate of speed than the woman who died in the crash, Kim Howe, whose vehicle was allegedly rear-ended by Jenner.

Steindorff’s complaint against Jenner may have reached its conclusion; however, Howe’s stepchildren and another family involved in the accident are still in the process of suing her.

If you had been hurt in a car accident in Lexington, do not hesitate to ask for legal help from our attorneys at Sampson Law Firm when it comes to filing a personal injury lawsuit against the people responsible for your suffering. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050 to learn how we may be able to help you.


Kentucky sees multiple accidents over the weekend

Police officials dealt with a number of car accidents across the state of Kentucky over the weekend.

A two-vehicle accident occurred on Friday, November 20 in Morehead, Kentucky and resulted in the death of one person. The victim was identified as 32-year-old Vanceburg resident Darrell Gilbert.

Kentucky State Police Officer Joe Veeneman said that Gilbert had been driving a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban along Kentucky Route 9 when he tried to overtake a vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway and managing to collide with a 1998 Peterbilt semi-truck driven by 46-year-old Maysville resident Jackie Sweet.

In a separate incident, Veeneman said that at around 3:19 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, a single-car accident was reported along Kentucky Route 158 in Morehead. Twenty-three-year-old Flemingsburg resident Michelle Gulley had been driving a 2001 Buick Century when, for some reason, her vehicle traversed the center line and struck the opposite side of the roadway.

A third accident occurred in Lewis County when 52-year-old Ewing resident Dereck Phillips was driving an all-terrain vehicle along the western part of the county on Saturday, November 21 and his vehicle suddenly overturned and rolled several times, according to a report from Lewis County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryon Walker.