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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.


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.


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.


Offender denied probation after pleading guilty to car theft

Twenty-three-year-old Louisville resident Herbert Lee, who has been in jail since February 2014 after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property and resisting arrested, recently appealed for shock probation, WLKY reported on May 4.

Sheila Stealer, Lee’s defense attorney, asked the courts for shock probation instead of the 10 years he was sentenced to, based on trauma that still affects him from a fatal crash he was charged for when he was 16.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristi Gray, however, denied Gray’s motion–a move she said had nothing to do with his juvenile record. Gray said that Lee has had opportunities to reform in the past, and he has continued to prove that he is a danger to the community.

The legal team at the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville know that reckless drivers injure people in accidents everyday. If you have experienced this, our personal injury attorneys may work tirelessly on your behalf for financial compensation to cover any damages. Call our offices at (502) 584-5050 today to learn more.


Kentucky aims to stop predatory medical treatment providers

Kentucky is making an effort to crack down on automobile crash rings with the passage and implementation in June 2015 of House Bill 153, which deems it illegal to solicit an automobile accident victim for medical treatment within 30 days following the crash.

Insurance Institute of Kentucky executive director Mark Treesh said “unscrupulous providers” make a habit of contacting people involved in the accident, promising to pay them cash and then taking their personal injury protection benefits are used up–typically $10,000. This treatment may be inadequate and prevent victims from later getting the care they actually need with their personal injury protection.

National Insurance Crime Bureau member Tim Lynch said Louisville is in 10th place in the United States with these kinds of suspicious claims.

The attorneys of the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville understand the great challenges that personal injury victims face. With that in mind, we may advocate on your behalf for the financial compensation you need to cover any costs related to your accident. Call our offices at (502) 584-5050 today to begin taking action.


Asiana Airlines settles 72 injury claims from San Francisco crash

A settlement between Asiana Airlines Inc. and 72 passengers who filed personal injury claims has been reached, although dozens of remaining cases have yet to be resolved, the Salt Lake Tribune reported on March 18.

Two years ago, the Boeing 777 airplane owned by Asiana Airlines crashed its landing in San Francisco, resulting in three deaths and almost 200 wounded.

How much compensation was given to these injured victims was not disclosed in the court filing. According to reports, the people who had agreed to settlements were those who had less serious injuries.

Inherent complexities in the design of the Boeing 777 airplane has resulted in some blame placed on the aircraft-maker, while U.S. safety investigators believed that the pilots had committed errors that resulted in the crash.

The attorneys of the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville are dedicated to representing personal injury victims who have suffered due to the negligent actions of other people or parties. Call our offices at (502) 584-5050 today to learn about your legal options for pursuing financial compensation from those responsible.


Two-vehicle accident in Johnson County kills one

The Kentucky State Police has reported that 34-year-old Randall Powers died after being involved in a two-vehicle collision on Kentucky Route 3 in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky on the morning of January 8, WSAZ reported.

The accident occurred around 5 a.m., according to statements made by Sheriff Dwayne Price. Official reports from the state police stated a car was traveling on the highway when the driver appeared to lose control; the vehicle hopped over the median and collided with an oncoming truck. The truck was sent sprawling over an embankment.

State police said Powers, the driver of the truck, succumbed to his mortal injuries a few days after the accident. He had not been wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident. Reconstruction methods were used to further investigate the case.

The attorneys of the Sampson Law Firm are deeply sorry this incident occurred and extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering from this great loss.