Federal court jury awards $690,000 in wreck damages

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A federal court jury awarded Samuel Long $690,784.19 in damages Wednesday for injuries he suffered exactly four years prior in a motorcycle crash in Pendleton, Ky.

According to Long’s attorneys, Danielle Blandford and Adrian Mendiondo of Morgan & Morgan, the verdict was more than double the highest pre-trial settlement offer. The jury compensated Long for his pain and suffering and for past and future medical expenses.

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Long was traveling south on a motorcycle on Pendleton Road on July 28, 2017 when a semi-truck driver activated his left turn signal and moved into a left turn lane. The truck then made a wide right turn without warning, causing the two vehicles to collide, dragging Long 56 feet until witnesses motioned for the truck driver to stop, according to the attorneys.

Long suffered a vascular injury in his leg, a torn rotator cuff and additional injuries to his ankle and hip.

“We are pleased the jury made the right decision in this case and compensated our client for the permanent injuries he suffered through no fault of his own,” Blandford said in a statement. “Mr. Long experienced this tragic event while enjoying his passion for motorcycles; it has impacted his ability to ride and changed his life forever. While nothing can truly return what was taken from him, achieving justice for Mr. Long has given him some much-needed closure and will allow him to move forward with his life.”

The case was heard by U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove.