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Louisville family killed by intoxicated motorist

According to an article from WDRB News, a family from Louisville, KY was killed on July 11 in a two-vehicle collision that was caused by a driver who was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

According to preliminary investigations, 22-year-old Bhavuk Uppal rear-ended a vehicle occupied by Briana Anderson, her fiancé Russell Hitt, and their child along Interstate 80 in New Jersey. The impact of the crash caused the family’s vehicle to slam into another vehicle and catch fire. The family was on their way back to Louisville after a trip to New York.

Uppal is currently facing charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated, and death by automobile, among others. In an interview with NJ.com, police investigators also said that Uppal had been driving on a suspended license at the time of the incident and had 19 previous traffic violations, including speeding, using fake license plates, reckless driving, and unsafe driving.


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.

Ford Motors recalls some Escapes for potential defect

Ford Motor Co. has recently issued a recall for select Ford Escape vehicles due to a “potential issue with panorama roof glass,” in which the glass may not be securely fastened to the vehicles bracket.

Among the affected vehicles are certain 2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured within the time period of October 15 to October 22, 2013 at the Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky.

Around 1,870 Ford Escape vehicles are in the United States, 140 are in Canada, and 115 vehicles are in Mexico as of June 23, 2014. Ford’s safety communications manager, Kelli Felker said an authorized recall repair can be conducted at a Ford dealership.

Any expenses related to car accidents that arise from automotive defects should be covered by the responsible manufacturer, not the accident victims. We, at the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville are ready to help you file a complaint if you experience this particular issue. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050.

Three-car accident injures three

A three-vehicle car crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 71 at the two-mile marker near Zorn Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday, April 24 at around 9:30 p.m. caused a teenager and two adults to incur minor injuries.

According to preliminary investigations, one vehicle was having engine troubles and was parked off the road when it has hit by another car, after which that car was rear-ended by yet another vehicle.

A teenager standing by the side of the road when the three-way pileup occurred was hit during the collision and sustained minor wounds, while two drivers also incurred non-life-threatening injuries.

Police officers made open to public the highway a little while after the accident. They are investigating whether anyone involved in the crash had been driving drunk at the time of the incident.

Personal injury accident victims are unfortunate for they have experienced troubles not of their own doing, and they need all the legal help they can get. Accident victims can get in touch with our compassionate, understanding, and capable attorneys of the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville, Kentucky by dialing 502-584-5050 today.

Greenup County head-on collision kills three people

Three people suffered from fatal injuries in Greenup County on Sunday, March 16 after a head-on collision.

The accident occurred around 4 p.m. along the 2000 block of U.S. Route 23 and claimed the lives of Tracie Howard, 43,  Ruby Brown, 22, and Jamond Buford, 30.

Joshua Bowling, 33, survived the accident and was transported to the King’s Daughters Medical Center in critical condition.

Brown and Bowling were the ones operating the respective vehicles.

Investigators have yet to determine which car crossed the center line, causing the accident.


Goshen man arrested for Carroll County car accident that injured three

Police authorities took 50-year-old Goshen, Kentucky resident Donald Jefferies into custody on Thursday, March 6 for charges of driving under the influence of prescription medication, driving while intoxicated, and three counts of assault in the first degree in relation to a Carroll County, Carrollton car accident that injured three people.

Kentucky State Police Dave Roberts was the one who served Jefferies the warrant a week after the accident, which occurred on February 26 near the KY 36 Bridge and Notch Lick Road.

The police investigation showed that Jefferies was headed east on KY 36 when his vehicle traversed the center line and hit the car in which Carrollton residents Stephen and Nicole Wise, 37 and 34, respectively, were riding. Both were injured, in addition to a passenger who is a minor. All were taken to Louisville area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

The physical injuries, and pain and suffering that a victim of an accident must often deal with can be overwhelming. Fortunately for those who are involved in such accidents in Louisville, our lawyers at the Sampson Law Firm may be able to help. Call (502) 584-5050 to find out how we may be able to help you seek financial compensation.

Are distracted driving accidents involving policemen in Kentucky a problem?

Kentucky State Police statistics show that out of the 7,164 vehicular collisions involving distracted driving in the state in 2013, 256 of those involved Louisville Metro Police Department officers. Additionally, 34% of those occurred due to the negligence of the police officer that figured in the accident.

According to Lieutenant Michael O’Neill, training commander for the LMPD, police sometimes have no choice but to drive at high speeds while using the computer in their vehicle, otherwise known as the mobile data terminal. Some examples he provided included needing  to check the registration of license plates of suspected stolen vehicles they see on roads. However, he did add that it’s not ideal to use the MDT “if you’re going 75 miles an hour down the expressway.”

Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad punished the police officers involved in distracted driving last year, with 64 given reprimands and orders to undergo additional drivers’ training and one officer suspended for his traffic violation.

Regardless of who the distracted driver was, if they caused you to be involved in a car accident in Louisville, our lawyers at the Sampson Law Firm believe you may be owed financial compensation. Speak with us today about your legal options by calling (502) 584-5050.