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Ex-Murray State University football player Clay Harrison sues NCAA

Murray State University’s  former football player James “Clay” Harrison filed a class action lawsuit against the Ohio Valley Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Thursday, September 1.

According to the lawsuit, Harrison was often knocked unconscious during his playing days at Murray State, which caused him to suffer from multiple head traumas, sudden blackouts, and intense headaches. The University is protected under the law, so it is not named as a defendant. According to Murray State’s news source, The News, 25 other cases have been filed since September 1. Although the cases could take years to resolve, they could permanently alter the face of the game.

Our attorneys at Sampson Law Firm provide legal services to clients in Louisville and other areas of Kentucky, and we handle personal injury accident cases such as traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and medical malpractice suits, among others. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050 to discuss your case and talk about your options.


School bus-vehicle collision kills woman

A school bus-vehicle collision that occurred just before 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 26 in the 10000 block of Indiana State Road 62 near Indiana State Road 3 in Charlestown, Indiana resulted in the death of one woman.

Charlestown Fire Department Battalion Chief Andre Heal said a school bus was at a full stop at a railroad crossing when the vehicle crashed into it.

A woman, who had her daughters with her in the vehicle when the accident took place, was driving the car. She died at the scene fo the accident. The victim’s daughters were brought to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville and are expected to make a fast recovery.

Charlestown police are conducting further investigations into the matter to find out what caused the crash in the first place.

Our thoughts at Sampson Law Firm go out to the victim and her family. We understand that accidents involving large vehicles are often very tragic.


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.


Suspect in former cheerleader’s death will not get reduced bail

On Friday, August 12, Judge Ann Haynie refused to change the $100,000 bond  amount she assigned to 34-year-old Bradley Caraway. Charges against Caraway include murder in relation to the vehicular death of 25-year-old former University of Louisville at Kentucky cheerleader Shenae Moorman.

David Lambertus, Caraway’s legal counsel, asked Haynie if Caraway could post 10% of the $100,000 bond. She refused the request but said she would allow that Caraway post property as bond. If Caraway chooses to post property, his bond amount increases to $200,000 and he will be subjected to random alcohol and drug testing. Judge Haynie refused the request because of Caraway’s history of driving while intoxicated.

Prosecutor Paul Richwalski objected to any form of bond reduction, noting, “Although this defendant is charged with murder and murder only at this time, along with leaving the scene of the accident, and there’s no DUI attached to it, I cannot say for certain that won’t come at a later date, which makes that vehicular homicide, alcohol involved, relevant.”

If you are harmed during a motor vehicle accident in Louisville due to the irresponsible and negligent actions of other motorists, seek the legal representation of the team at the Sampson Law Firm. Contact us by calling our offices today at (502) 584-5050 to discuss your legal options.


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.


New Cut Road motorcycle-pickup truck collision kills one

An individual lost his life during a motorcycle-pickup truck collision that occurred along New Cut Road in Louisville, Kentucky last Tuesday, July 26.

The victim was identified as 29-year-old Jeffersonville resident Jonathan Martin. According to preliminary investigations, Martin was riding his motorcycle down the road when it collided with a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer. A woman who was riding with Martin on the motorcycle sustained critical injuries during the crash. She and Martin were not wearing helmets at the time of the incident. The driver of the pickup truck, on the other hand, did not sustain any injuries.

The attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm see the terrible aftermath of personal injury accidents and know how difficult it can be for families to recover from them. Our thoughts and condolences are with the friends and family of the victim in this accident as they mourn the loss of their loved one.


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.


Man charged with murder in Jeffersontown pedestrian accident

Twenty-six-year-old Juan Carlos Ortega-Santos of Louisville was charged with murder after he allegedly struck and killed a 16-year-old female and a 10-year-old female with his car. The accident occurred near Taylorsville Road and Farrish Drive at around 9:45 p.m. last Tuesday, an arrest citation issued last Wednesday, June 22 showed.

According to preliminary investigations, Ortega-Santos was headed north on Taylorsville Road when he drove into the bicycle lane, where a group of four young girls were standing. Two of the four girls were hit by Ortega-Santos’ car. Ten-year-old Alena Clay was declared dead at the scene of the accident, and 16-year-old Tyeisha Lacy was transported to Kosair’s Children’s Hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries. A third girl sustained minor wounds and was also taken to Children’s Kosair’s Hospital.

The attorneys at The Sampson Law Firm are deeply saddened by this terrible accident. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families of the victims as they mourn the loss of their loved ones.