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Two now dead from five-vehicle crash

A five-vehicle car crash on U.S. Route 23 near the Island Creek intersection at around 8 a.m. last Monday, September 8 resulted in the death of 58-year-old Walter Gearhart. On September 17, another  person in the crash, Kimberly Thompson, also died from injuries resulting from the crash.

Officials said that two other people aside from Gearhart and Thompson, whose identities the authorities did not reveal publicly, had been transported to Pikeville Medical Center in Kentucky by TranStar Ambulance for the treatment of their injuries, which ranged from non-life-threatening to critical.

Police Captain Chris Edmonds said the driver of a 10-wheeler truck lost control of his vehicle just before it reached the traffic lights in the southbound lanes and collided with at least four passenger vehicles.

The Pikeville Police Department and Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement are still trying to get to the root cause of the accident.

The attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm send their deepest condolences to those who have been affected by this tragic vehicle crash.


One dead in vehicle-garbage truck collision in Kentucky

According to the Bullitt County Coroner’s Office, 29-year-old Bardstown, Kentucky resident Samantha Greenwell was killed at around 5:30 p.m. after the vehicle she was driving pulled into the path of a garbage truck, resulting in a collision, WDRB News reported. The accident occurred August 21 on Highway 245 in Bullitt County.

The intersection of Highway 245 and Happy Hollow Road, just outside a Jim Beam distillery factory, was closed to public traffic as a result of the accident and on-site investigation. Bullitt County dispatchers said the road was closed until 10 p.m. later the same day. Police investigators are still attempting to determine the details surrounding the fatal car accident.

Funeral arrangements for the deceased were not yet confirmed at the time of the article.

The attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm are deeply sorry for this incident and extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering during this difficult time.


Ford SUVs recalled for windshield air bubbles

Ford has issued a recall for 1,274 of its 2015 Lincoln MKC sport utility vehicles due to possible development of bubbles in the vehicles’ windshields, Edmunds reported on August 8.

According to the press statement released by Ford, complications in the windshield manufacturing process could be the reason for small pockets of air forming between layers of glass in the windshields. This trapped air, when exposed to high temperatures, can become bubbles. This auto defect becomes dangerous when driver visibility is impaired. Ford reported that to its knowledge, no injuries have been sustained from this problem.

If you have been injured in an accident as the result of a defective product, you may be able to pursue financial compensation from negligent manufacturers to cover the costs of damages. The attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm are experienced in the pursuit of funds for product liability accident victims, and may be able to help you. Discuss your situation with one of our Louisville attorneys by calling (502) 584-5050 today.


Firefighter killed by passing semi-truck

While putting out a van fire in the southbound lanes of I-65, a semi-truck collided with mother and son volunteer firefighters Lisa, 43, and Jonathan French, 25, resulting in the death of Jonathan, WLKY reported on August 6.

Lisa, was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital and was reportedly in stable condition with a broken knee and dislocated elbow. The Glendale Fire Department was run by Jonathan’s uncle,  Fire Chief Richard Peters. Before the accident, the team was attempting to extinguish a van on fire along I-65 in Hardin County. As a precaution, an additional fire truck was placed behind the group. However, the passing semi-truck hit both the truck and Jonathan. Peters assured that all safety procedures were followed that day.

There has yet to be any charges pressed, but police continue to investigate the details of the incident to determine fault.

The attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering from this great loss.


Unsafe driving on 3rd Street Road

Police authorities have recently concluded that a recent car accident along 3rd Street Road in Louisville, Kentucky was not caused by speed; however, residents are anxious that the road is not safe for commuters or even pedestrians, WHSA11 reported on July 14.

The speed limit on 3rd Street is 35 miles per hour, but those who live on the street see cars zoom by at 50-60 miles per hour. The additional danger of curves and ditches contribute to the large number of accidents that happen there. One resident’s home is guarded by cement pillars because its previous tenant experienced a car crashing into the house.

Being the victim of a car accident can bring about unfortunate consequences, such as physical injuries and costly medical bills. If you have been injured in a car accident through the fault of someone else, our Louisville attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm may help you pursue compensation. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050 to schedule an appointment with our legal team.


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.


GM announces victim compensation

General Motors will pay as much as $1 million to every family of the 13 individuals killed as a result of their vehicles’ defective ignition switches, WDRB News reported on June 30.

Another $300,000 will be given to every single surviving spouse and dependent of the killed victim in addition to the initial amount.  On the same day this announcement was made, GM recalled another 7.6 million vehicles due to the same problem.

GM claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg said all claims seeking remunerations related to the defective ignition switch must be sent in by December 31 of this year.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident to the negligent actions of someone else, contact the experienced attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm. Our Louisville legal team will pursue those responsible for your car accident, be they negligent drivers on the road or manufacturers responsible for defective car parts. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050.


GM creates compensation program for victims of defective ignition switches

Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co. is jump-starting a program to pay back the victims that were badly affected by an ignition switch defect in many of GM’s small compact cars, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on June 5.

The defect has been blamed for the deaths of at least 13 people. GM announced it will begin hearing claims on August 1, but the company did not discuss how much money would be given to the victims of their defective products.

Further details concerning the compensation program will be developed in the weeks to come by compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM in April. Feinberg previously handled the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund as well as funds for the Boston Marathon bombing and the BP oil spill.

Physical pain, emotional trauma, and costly medical expenses besiege the victims of personal injury accidents. At the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville, we take great pains to ensure just compensation for our clients. Get in touch with our attorneys today by dialing (502) 584-5050.


Little girl died in Pleasure Ridge Park car accident

A seven-year-old girl, whose identity the police authorities did not make known to the public, died at the scene of a car crash the morning of May 17, Wave 3 News reported.

Three other passengers were riding with the girl when their vehicle was struck by a Jeep on the 7200 block of Terry Road at Rivers End Road in Louisville, Kentucky. The driver of the Jeep SUV was brought to the hospital with critical injuries. The three passengers accompanying the young girl also went to the hospital, but their injuries were not as severe.

Louisville Metro Police Department spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said the Jeep driver was attempting to pass a southbound car on Terry Road, causing him to be hit by the northbound Chevrolet carrying the group of individuals.

The attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm send their deepest condolences to the friends and family of the deceased during this difficult time.


Zip line ride malfunctions in Lexington, injures little girl

An 11-year-old girl riding the zip line at the Red Mile Race Track during the crawfish festival in Lexington, Kentucky fell after the ride allegedly malfunctioned, WKYT reported on May 10.

The girl fell nearly 20 feet to the ground, landing on her back in a grassy area. Authorities later found that the carabiner clip connecting the harness to the line was broken. Police who responded to the accident told ABC 36 News that the little girl sustained critical yet non-life-threatening injuries.

The Lexington Police Department took the broken harness into custody and filed a personal injury report. The Department of Agriculture’s Division of Regulation and Inspection will determine whether the zip line’s manufacturers or the amusement center’s management can be held liable for the accident.

If you ever find yourself suffering from the effects of others’ irresponsible actions in Louisville, the attorneys of the Samson Law Firm may fight for you. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050.