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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.


Porsche responds to wrongful death lawsuit after actor’s death

According to court documents filed in November by German automobile manufacturer Porsche AG, the death of 40-year-old American actor Paul Walker during a collision involving a Porsche Carrera GT was caused by the driver’s excessive rate of speed and nothing else. This statement comes in response to a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Walker’s 16-year-old daughter in September in which the plaintiff alleges that the sports car in which Walker was riding at the time of the accident had multiple design flaws which contributed to the accident and the actor’s subsequent death.

Porsche stated that the vehicle in question had been “abused and altered” before the crash occurred, and, therefore, the condition of the vehicle was not their fault.

Walker and the man behind the wheel of the vehicle died in November 2013 after crashing in southern California. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office investigators concluded that the crash was caused by the high speed.

At the Sampson Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys understand how devastating it is for families to lose dear loved ones in auto accidents that could have been prevented by adequate safety features. We work on behalf of these families to pursue compensation for the wrongful deaths of their loved ones. To learn more, call our Louisville office at (502) 584-5050 today.


Three car accident kills one

Kentucky State Police have reported that an individual lost his life in a three-vehicle accident that occurred along Interstate 75 in Laurel County, Kentucky at around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 1st.

According to preliminary investigations, a commercial vehicle was headed south near mile marker 46 along I-75 when it was stuck from the rear by a Saturn.

After the driver of the commercial vehicle stepped out to check on the other car, a third vehicle crashed into the Saturn, which was partially obstructing the road. This second collision sent the Saturn into the embankment and caused the third vehicle to strike the driver of the commercial vehicle, a man later identified as 46-year-old Nicholasville resident Zhurko Pavel.

Pavel was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in London where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the Saturn, who is yet to be identified publicly by state police, was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington where he is being treated for his injuries. His female passenger was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she was cared for and released immediately after treatment.


Contributory Negligence vs. Comparative Negligence

One thing that almost no one knows about regarding personal injury claims is that certain states follow rules that place the injured party at a serious disadvantage when he or she decides to pursue compensation for his or her injuries. If you have been injured in an accident, the amount of your financial restitution will depend on whether the state in which you file your case follows a contributory negligence or comparative negligence standard.

In states where the comparative negligence standard is enforced, a jury will examine the circumstances of an accident to determine whether both parties took part in causing the accident and, if so, exactly how much responsibility each party bears. The judge will then determine what amount of compensation is owed based on the division of accountability. This standard allows injured parties to recover compensation even in situations where their actions contributed in some small way to the accident.

However, in states that enforce the contributory negligence standard, the injured party who is found to have contributed to the accident in any way will lose any chance of being awarded any financial compensation. Only five states follow this standard: Alabama, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.

Call our attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville today at (502) 584-5050 to schedule an appointment if you wish to seek compensation for any injuries you sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence.


Final Lawsuit Settled in 2009 Louisville Zoo Train Accident Case

A $6 million dollar settlement has been paid out by the city’s government to the remaining victims of a 2009 Louisville Zoo train accident. The train derailed and flipped on its side after turning a corner too fast, injuring 22 of the 29 on board.

Part of the $6 million lawsuit will be paid to Chris and Amanda Lankford and their two young children who were seriously injured during the train crash in June of 2009. The two children suffered head injuries, changing their lives drastically according to the married couple.

The zoo reopened the train in 2013 after implementing safety changes for the ride. This settlement marks the end of all existing legal actions related to the train crash, with previous lawsuits with 26 claimants totaling $662,449.

Unfortunately, devastating accidents such as this happen far too often and result in innocent individuals suffering catastrophic injuries. The Louisville legal team at the Sampson Law Firm is ready to aggressively defend the rights of those involved in personal injury cases and help them pursue claims to compensation. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050 to learn more.


Two hurt in tractor trailer-dump truck collision

Fifty-four-year-old Princeton, Kentucky resident Ronald Merrick and 51-year-old James Vandiver sustained injuries and were hospitalized after their vehicles collided head-on at Kentucky Route 91 in Caldwell County on Friday, September 25.

According to the Kentucky State Police, Merrick had been driving a tractor-trailer that was heading north on Kentucky Route 91 when it ran off the roadway, overcorrected, headed toward the southbound lane, and collided with the dump truck Vandiver was driving, which was loaded with gravel.

Merrick was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, while Vandiver was brought to the Caldwell County Hospital.

KSP’s commercial enforcement division is conducting an investigation into the case. The road was closed for four hours so that maintenance crews could clean up the accident site.

Our attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville are dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who have the misfortune to find themselves as victims of personal injury accidents caused by the negligent actions of other people. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050.


Two separate car accidents kill two in Kentucky

Two individuals lost their lives in two separate vehicular accidents that happened on Sunday, August 30 in Kentucky.

Chief deputy coroner Jo-Ann Farmer identified the first fatality as 54-year-old James Kirchner, who was traversing the northbound lanes along Interstate 65 in his Jeep Liberty when for some reason his vehicle swerved into a concrete pillar from the Fern Valley Road overpass.

Funeral arrangements will be handled by the Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home.

Meanwhile, 74-year-old Delores Arnold was declared dead at around 5:21 p.m. that same day from multiple blunt force injuries after her southbound Honda Accord veered over the center line into oncoming traffic and collided with a northbound vehicle on Dixie Highway in Louisville.

Resthaven’s Arch L. Heady will take care of her funeral arrangements.


One killed, several others wounded in Dixie Highway vehicular crash

Dixie Highway in Louisville, Kentucky was temporarily closed to public traffic for several hours after a head-on collision between a blue Honda Accord and a silver Dodge Dart. Sadly, the incident resulted in one individual dying at the scene of the accident and three other people being transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for the treatment of unknown injuries.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, the Honda, which had two occupants, was heading north along the highway when it veered into the southbound lanes, causing a collision with the Dodge Dart, which also had two people in it.

Witness John Campbell, who had been traveling with his wife and ten-year-old daughter in a car behind the vehicles involved in the accident, said that the first vehicle he checked on had unconscious but breathing occupants while the second vehicle contained a woman in her mid-70s who was not breathing after the crash happened.


Victim of SUV hit-and-run accident gets trapped under vehicle

A hit-and-run accident in Louisville, Kentucky left a driver trapped underneath his overturned Chevy Tahoe. The accident occurred at the 7900 block of Crittenden Drive at around 12 pm on a Tuesday late last month, according to a report from the Emergency Management Agency (MetroSafe).

Authorities suspect that a Chrysler 200 hit the truck so hard that the passenger was ejected from the vehicle. The victim of the hit-and-run accident was taken to the hospital and sustained severe leg injuries. Investigators say that the passenger of the Chrysler was also hurt, but the driver left the scene of the crime after the accident.

Being injured in a personal injury accident can be a very devastating experience. The team at Sampson Law Firm in Louisville, Kentucky will handle your case with care as you focus on your recovery. Call our offices today at 877-SAMPSON or 502-584-5050 to speak with us about your case.