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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.


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.


Jefferson County Public Schools pay $1.75M after student’s legs are broken

Jefferson Public County Schools in Kentucky decided to pay $1.75 million to the family of a 16-year-old boy who sustained two fractured legs after a teaching assistant physically restrained him.

The boy incurred two fractured femurs in November 2014 at the Binet School in Louisville, which caters to children with disabilities. The student in question is autistic, and the injuries he received could have been life-threatening. According to an investigation by the Courier-Journal under open records law, the boy required a blood transfusion because of blood loss due to the injury and was held at the intensive care unit of Kosair Children’s Hospital. JCPS spokeswoman Jennfier Brislin said that even though no lawsuit has been lodged against any party, the JCPS resolved the matter within the past two weeks.

The attorneys at Sampson Law Firm provide legal services to clients in Louisville and focus primarily on personal injury cases. Call our offices at (502) 584-5050 to discuss your legal options and learn how we could help you hold negligent parties responsible.


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.


Ford issues recall for 38,000 vans with defective curtain air bags

Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker Ford Motor Co. has issued a recall for around 38,000 Transit vans in the United States and Canada due to a defective curtain air bag that may fail to protect occupants in the event of an accident.

Aside from this, recalls for around 5,500 Lincoln MKC of the model years 2015-2016 and 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles have been issued to be able to update their heaters. The original heaters are capable of overheating, causing an under-hood fire when the car is stationary and the block heater is connected.

Finally, Ford is recalling around 4,764 Ford F-650 and Ford F-750 vehicles due to faulty parking brake cable connector clips that may cause unwanted movement of the vehicle. 

If you have been inconvenienced, harmed, or involved in an accident because of the use of a defective product, do not hesitate to get in touch with our skilled attorneys at Sampson Law Firm in Louisville so we can help you file the appropriate lawsuit against the manufacturers of the dangerous product. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050.


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.


Bellwether trial against GM dismissed

The first case to be brought against automaker General Motors over the faulty ignition switch that caused serious injuries and numerous deaths has been dismissed. Oklahoma mailman Robert Scheuer began presenting his case before a Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, January 12, and the trial was dismissed just ten days later.

Scheuer claimed that the defect in his GM produced 2003 Saturn Ion caused injuries sustained during a wreck on May 28, 2014. According to his complaint, the back and neck injuries Scheuer suffered would not have happened had GM announced the recall when they first discovered the defective ignition switches nearly ten years prior.

After hearing his testimony, GM submitted a claim that Scheuer had exaggerated his injuries and failed to disclose a history of neck and back problems that extended far before the wreck occurred. Additionally, GM claimed that Scheuer and his wife misrepresented their financial standing in statements they gave during the trial.

On Friday, Scheuer agreed to voluntarily dismiss his lawsuit with prejudice. Though this trial is not expected to impact the other claims against GM, of which there are over 1,000, it is an obvious setback for litigators bringing claims against the auto manufacturer.

If you have suffered as a result of an auto defect, the legal team at the Sampson Law Firm will use our experience and skill to pursue your claim on your behalf. To learn more about how we can help, call us today at (502) 584-5050.