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9/30/2009
Michael A Schafer
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Crash on I-71 Kills One in Oldham County Kentucky-Kentucky Fatal Accident Attorney
DATE:     September 30, 2009
LOCATION:     Interstate 71 North
One person was killed in an accident on I-71 in Oldham County Kentucky

Police are investigating an accident that took place on I-71 in Oldham County Kentucky early this morning.  Few details have been released at this point but what has been reported is that at around 3:00 a.m. this morning a vehicle, possibly a SUV, struck a semi from behind and went under the trailer.  The accident happened on northbound I-71 near the 13 mile marker.  Some reports have said the semi was parked on the side of the road.

Several questions pop into my head as a fatal accident attorney; was speed involved is one as is if the truck was parked on the side of the road were flashers or reflectors in place to warn oncoming drivers.  This is another sad case and my thoughts go out to the family of the deceased.


Category: Truck Accidents

8/31/2009
Michael A Schafer
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A teen-ager, Chase Trent,  was killed and another man was seriously injured in a head-on collision between a pickup truck and a car Saturday night in Henderson, Kentucky.

Mr. Trent, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene while 56-year-old Brent A. Wahl was airlifted to St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville. As of Sunday afternoon his condition was listed as critical.

The wreck happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. as Trent was westbound on Kentucky 351 in a 2002 Nissan. Kentucky State Police say Wahl was eastbound in a 2004 Ford pickup when his vehicle veered left of center near St. Olaf Circle and struck the Nissan head-on.

The investigation is on-going and police have yet to release why the vehicle crossed the center line.  They have reported that both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

Our sympathies go out to the family suffering this loss as well as hopes for a speedy recovery for the injured.

Category: Truck Accidents

8/23/2009
Michael A Schafer
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20-year-old Jason L. Smith Dies After Wreck on I-65 in Louisville, Kentucky-Kentucky truck accident attorney

DATE:     August 23, 2009

LOCATION:     I-65 near Ourer Loop

TYPE:     Fatal single vehicle collision in Louisville  ejects and kills passenger.


Early this morning, August 23, an accident on I-65 kills one and injures driver.  The accident occured when a black truck traveling north in the interstate lost control of the vehicle.  The truck then hit the guard rail causing the passenger, Jason L. Smith of Shepherdsville, Kentucky to be thrown from the truck.  Emergency services responded and pronounced the Mr. Smith dead at the scene.  The driver was transported to the hospital and their condition has not been released.  Both the identity of the driver and the deceased have not been released.  Police strongly suspect alcohol to be involved and are still investigating.

Our sympathies go out to the family of the Mr. Smith and hope for a recovery for the injured.  There is never a reason or excuse for driving while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or anything that will hamper your ability to control your vehicle.  This is a tragedy, one family has been robbed of a loved one. 

Category: Truck Accidents

11/17/2008
Michael A Schafer
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Apparently, in the early morning hours of July 7th Steven Jackson, age 41, was killed while driving an ice cream truck. His death was the result of an accident on northbound Interstate 264 near Dumesnil Street in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. It seems the truck hit a guardrail ejecting Mr. Jackson from the truck. He died at the scene.  The truck kept going for a short distance before striking another vehicle which was parked on the side of the road. Fortunately, there was not anyone near or in the vehicle on the side of the road.  Alledgedly, the seatbelt in the truck was not operable therefore Mr. Jackson was not wearing one.
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Category: Truck Accidents

11/17/2008
Michael A Schafer
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In an accident dated September 15th, 2000 in Jackson County, MO It was reported Dale Deer had stopped his truck on Interstate 70 in a construction zone.  While his truck was stopped another car, driven by Paul Aldridge, ran into the back of Deer's truck.

It doesn't seem to be a very complicated incident but nearly eight years later litigation is still ongoing. Allstate was the insurer for Aldridge and after several excruciating delays settled with Deer for approximately 1.2 million dollars.  Prior to that settlement Aldridge filed suit against Allstate for acting in bad faith and mishandling the case.  Aldridge was basing his suit on a series of internal documents that intend to show a claims payment system that is designed to low-ball clients which allows Allstate to acquire huge profits.


Among these documents were a series of slides prepared by consulting firm McKinsey & Co. which supposedly suggest a protocol for Allstate to use to settle claims quickly and for pennies on the dollar.  It also suggests they fight claimants who resist the low settlements for as long as it takes.  For years if necessary.

During the litigation of this suit Jackson County Circuit Judge Michael Manners cited Allstate for contempt and levied fines against the company for not producing internal documents.  The fines were cited at $25,000 a day which gave the case national attention.  After several months the fines had reached over seven million dollars.

The contempt order has now been lifted as Allstate has produced the documents.  Allstate is claiming they did not purposely ignore the judges' orders.  They are claiming that their former attorney had failed to respond to discovery requests.  In court documents Allstate stated "Allstate litigates hundreds of bad faith cases each year.  It responds to discovery requests--just like the ones in this case--in many of them.  There is no reason in the world for Allstate not to participate in discovery--particularly on this case, where there is an underlying judgment of $1 million."

As an attorney that deals with insurance companies on a daily basis I find it very frustrating as do my clients when insurance companies use delay tactics.  This leads to lengthy litigation as well as what I consider unnecessary additional expenses.
 
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Category: Truck Accidents

11/17/2008
Michael A Schafer
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Speed and rain may have been the cause of an overnight fatality early this morning. The ramp from south bound Interstate 71 onto west bound Interstate 264 was the scene of a fatal accident where  58 year-old George Taylor died at the scene.  The accident happened around 3:00a.m. A tractor-trailer  driven by Mr. Taylor which was full of cargo turned over on the ramp killing him.  Police are still investigating this accident.

The fatality on the ramp was just one of several accidents that occurred this morning in the Louisville, Ky. area. None of the others have reported serious injuries.

These accidents include an injury accident on Bardstown Road at Village Drive. This is in the Highlands area. Another was reported on the 10200 block of Dixie Highway when a car struck a tree. This is in the area of Valley High School. Another tractor-trailer was involved in an accident on Interstate 65 in the northbound lanes. The tractor-trailer jack-knifed on the stretch of Interstate 65 known as "hospital curve". The highway was closed for several hours as the tractor-trailer was carrying diesel fuel and hazardous workers were dispatched to clean the spill. Shortly before 8:00 a..m. an injury accident was reported on Preston Highway at the I-264 ramp. It is not known how many vehicles were involved or the extent of the injuries.

Rainy conditions on the roadway is a perfect reason to drive slower and exercise more caution while driving. Wet roads can often times be slick.

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Category: Truck Accidents

11/17/2008
Michael A Schafer
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The afternoon of August 7th could have been deadly on I-65 according to Bullitt county Sheriff’s Deputy. The northbound lanes were closed for almost an hour after an accident involving a Ford F-150 and a FedEx tractor-trailer.

It has been reported that the driver of the Ford was traveling north on I-65 in Bullitt county, Kentucky  at 75-80 miles per hour when he fell asleep at the wheel. He struck the FedEx tractor-trailer that was pulled over and parked in the shoulder of the road. Both drivers were injured but they appear not to be serious.

The driver of the truck has head and neck injuries while the driver of the tractor-trailer, astonishingly, did not have any visible injuries. He was trapped in the cab of his tractor and authorities had to use the Jaws of Life to free him. Had the driver of the truck had any passengers they would more than likely been killed in the truck accident. According to the sheriff’s deputy, the truck was completely demolished except for the driver’s area.

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Category: Truck Accidents

11/17/2008
Michael A Schafer
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Three years ago in Wisconsin a bus carrying high school students crashed
into an overturned tractor trailer killing five people.  The National
Transportation Safety Board investigated the crash and determined the
driver of the tractor trailer had fallen asleep while driving.  He
drifted off the side of the road then swerved to get back onto the
highway causing his rig to overturn.  The bus traveling behind the
truck was not able to avoid the accident and crashed into the truck.

The NTSB has suggested that trucking companies work harder insuring
their drivers get adequate rest while traveling long distances on the
road.  They have asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
to be more aggressive in insuring the trucking companies records are
kept up to date as well as the drivers diligently filling their log
books.  A driver is allowed to drive for 11 hours only after 10 hours of
off duty time and their log book  is a record of their time on the road, off the road and sleeping times.

There is also technology in the very early stages that may reduce
fatigue induced crashes.  An dash mounted camera is in the works that
will track eye and eyelid movement and will sound an alert if the driver
appears to be nodding off.  Since drivers are often not aware of their
fatigue this could be beneficial.  Several luxury cars now have similar
options available for their cars

So many automobile accidents are the result of a drivers lack of
responsibility.  It is the drivers responsibility to drive only when
rested and to not drive when they are fatigued.

For more information on Louisville, Kentucky attorney Mike Schafer go to www.mikeschaferlaw.com.

Category: Truck Accidents

11/17/2008
Michael A Schafer
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Sunday, October 19 was a an almost fatal morning for a Berea woman.  Amanda Parker and her husband Shannon were traveling on east Red Lick Road when the truck they were in dropped off the right shoulder of the road.  In an attempt to regain control the driver overcorrected causing the vehicle to cross over into the westbound lanes before leaving  the road.  The truck overturned several times ejecting both the driver, Shannon Parker, and passenger Amanda Parker.  The 1988 Chevy S-10 pickup truck landed on Mrs. Parker. 

Mr. Parker who was injured was able to flag down another motorist to help.  Jamie Neal along with his two teen age sons and Timothy Reardon were able to help pull the truck off Mrs. Parker.  Mr. Neal and Mr. Parker performed CPR and mouth-to-mouth for approximately 15 minutes while they waited for emergency crews to arrive.

Mrs. Parker was flown by helicopter to the Lexington Hospital where she was listed in fair condition.  Mr. Parker was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Berea where he was treated in the emergency room. 

In a report filed by The Kentucky State Police safety restraints were not in use at the time of the accident.  For more information on Louisville, Kentucky personal injury attorney Mike Schafer go to www.mikeschaferlaw.com.

Category: Truck Accidents

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