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Kentucky records over 800 fatal accidents in 2016

Kentucky reported that it recorded 810 fatalities due to vehicular accidents in 2016. Seven individuals lost their lives in vehicular accidents all over Kentucky over the New Year’s eve weekend.

Kentucky State Police troopers said among the biggest factors of fatal vehicular accidents in the state were driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and distracted driving, mostly because people used cell phones while driving. Trooper Bernie Napier noted the importance of “Paying attention to your surroundings and to what other drivers around you are doing, because if you’re driving along and paying attention, you might see the guy next to you who’s on his cell phone and you might know to be a little more cautious because you don’t know what he’s going to do.”

Napier encouraged parents to install an application on their children’s phones that automatically shuts down the texting features of a cell phone if the cell phone is inside a vehicle going beyond a certain speed. Over 200 of the 810 people who died in car accidents were between the ages of 16 and 29, troopers said.

Our attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm provide legal services in Louisville and other areas of Kentucky. We help our clients pursue personal injury accident claims against individuals or parties who have caused harm because of their negligent or reckless actions. Call our offices today at (502) 584-5050.


Two dead in Bowman Field collision

Two people lost their lives after a two-vehicle collision occurred near Bowman Field on Taylorsville Road. The accident, which occurred near Betty Lane in Louisville, Kentucky, happened last Monday, November 28.

According to preliminary investigations made by local police, a white pickup truck was traveling west on Taylorsville Road when it collided with a green car that was trying to turn onto Taylorsville Road. The passenger and the driver in the car died at the scene of the accident, police said. On the other hand, the driver of the pickup truck was brought to a nearby hospital for the immediate treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

At the Sampson Law Firm, we see the aftermath of tragic car accidents far too often. Our sincerest thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the victims as they mourn the sudden loss of their loved ones.


One dies in Outer Loop vehicular accident

A woman lost her life and another was injured on Saturday, October 22 just before 5:30 a.m. in a hit-and-run accident near the corner of Outer Loop and Grade Lane in Louisville, Kentucky.

According to Louisville Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Alicia Smiley, the two women were riding in a Dodge Caliber westbound along the Outer Loop when a Volkswagen Jetta turning onto the road from Grade Lane collided with their vehicle. This incident caused the two women to get out of their vehicle. As they were standing near their car and surveying the damage the collision brought on, a Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck headed east on Outer Loop crashed into the two women and their vehicle. The driver of the pickup truck left the scene of the accident. One of the women died because of her mortal injuries at the scene while the other woman was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of her injuries of an unknown nature.

The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department is asking the public who may have information regarding the incident to contact them by calling 574-LMPD (5673).


Suspect in former cheerleader’s death will not get reduced bail

On Friday, August 12, Judge Ann Haynie refused to change the $100,000 bond  amount she assigned to 34-year-old Bradley Caraway. Charges against Caraway include murder in relation to the vehicular death of 25-year-old former University of Louisville at Kentucky cheerleader Shenae Moorman.

David Lambertus, Caraway’s legal counsel, asked Haynie if Caraway could post 10% of the $100,000 bond. She refused the request but said she would allow that Caraway post property as bond. If Caraway chooses to post property, his bond amount increases to $200,000 and he will be subjected to random alcohol and drug testing. Judge Haynie refused the request because of Caraway’s history of driving while intoxicated.

Prosecutor Paul Richwalski objected to any form of bond reduction, noting, “Although this defendant is charged with murder and murder only at this time, along with leaving the scene of the accident, and there’s no DUI attached to it, I cannot say for certain that won’t come at a later date, which makes that vehicular homicide, alcohol involved, relevant.”

If you are harmed during a motor vehicle accident in Louisville due to the irresponsible and negligent actions of other motorists, seek the legal representation of the team at the Sampson Law Firm. Contact us by calling our offices today at (502) 584-5050 to discuss your legal options.


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 fatal wrong-way accidents occurred on Watterson Expressway

Two wrong way drivers on the Watterson Expressway in Louisville caused two fatal car accidents within the same morning, according to WAVE 3 News on June 21.

The first vehicular accident happened at around 4:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-264 near the exit for Breckenridge Lane,  Louisville Metro Police Department spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said. A man operating a Toyota Echo was traveling the wrong way down Interstate 264 when he hit a Jeep head-on. Although the Jeep occupants were not seriously injured, the driver of the Toyota Echo was killed in the accident, according to police reports.

Meanwhile, a report from Louisville MetroSafe showed that at around 6:45 a.m. about three exits down from the first accident, another fatal wrong-way wreck occurred. A woman in a black Jeep saw the traffic caused by the first accident and did a U-turn on the highway. Now driving the wrong way down the eastbound lanes of I-264, she hit a white Jeep near the Newburg exit. The collision resulted in the immediate death of the white Jeep driver.


One dies in single-vehicle crash in Russell

A fatal crash that occurred in the Russell neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky in the early morning of May 17 resulted in the death of 62-year-old Henry Frazier.

The accident occurred at around 5 a.m. at the intersection of Magazine and Dr. W.J. Hodge streets. According to reports, it involved two moving vehicles and one parked car. Frazier, a passenger inside an Oldsmobile that sustained critical damage, was found by emergency medical responders no longer breathing inside the vehicle. Both of the drivers were injured in the accident.

The crash also caused irreparable damage to the parked car, a Jeep that belonged to a resident of the neighborhood, Valeria Harrison.

Investigators are currently trying to determine who among the drivers bear responsibility for the accident, with Louisville Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell saying, “speed appears to be a factor and we haven’t ruled out any factors at this point.”


Reporter charged in fatal Louisville pedestrian accident

Criminal charges have been filed against WHAS TV News reporter Jeffrey Woods for his part in a pedestrian accident that resulted in the death of Fontaine Jeffrey, 58, WDRB reported on April 9.

Jeffrey was hit at the intersection of Jefferson and Second Street in Louisville by tow truck driver Matthew Good and Woods. Good remained at the scene while Woods reportedly exited the news van, looked around at the scene, and left. Woods is charged with failing to stop and render aid, which is a Class D felony. According to reports, blood was found on all four tires of the news van Woods was driving.

Good has not been charged, although a wrongful death suit has been laid against Woods, Good, WHAS TV News, and the tow truck company Good works for.

At the Sampson Law Firm, we represent the families and victims of personal injury accidents, including pedestrian accidents that occurred through no fault of the victim’s own. To learn more about how we may pursue full financial compensation from those responsible, call our offices in Louisville at (502) 584-5050 today.


Louisville woman dies in Dixie Highway collision

The Louisville Metro Police Department in Kentucky has reported that 36-year-old Cynthia Thomas was killed after a three-vehicle accident on Dixie Highway near the Jefferson and Hardin county line on February 22, according to WDRB.

Deputy Coroner Jim Wesley stated that Thomas lost her life the night of the accident after she was confined at the University of Louisville Hospital due to multiple blunt injuries. Three other people, including a child, were also taken to a hospital for treatment, although their conditions were not reported.

Dwight Mitchell, spokesman for the Louisville Metro Police Department, said Thomas had been riding in the front passenger seat of a Toyota that was heading south on Dixie Highway hear Stites Station Road in West Point when the vehicle traversed into the northbound lanes and crashed into two Chevrolet trucks at around 1 p.m.

To give investigators space to probe into the fatal accident, this section of Dixie Highway was closed for four hours after the crash.