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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.


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.


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.


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.

 


Kentucky implements stricter booster seat laws

More stringent rules regarding mandatory booster seats for children riding in automobiles took effect in Kentucky on June 24, The Herald-Dispatch reported.

The previous rule required that children aged seven years and below, and 40-50 inches tall, ride in booster seats. The new law mandates that children must ride in a booster seat until they are eight, while the height requirement for children included in that bracket increased in range to 40-57 inches. These laws are meant to protect children in the event of a car accident.

Violators of the new rules will be subjected to a $30 fine or may be required to buy a booster seat form the police instead of paying the fine, Kentucky State Patrol officers said.

When children are involved in car accidents, the injuries they sustain may be devastating–even when a booster seat is used. If your child has suffered due to the actions of a reckless driver, the legal team at the Sampson Law Firm may help you hold the responsible person accountable in court. Call us at (502) 584-5050 today to begin taking action.