Teen Charged as an Adult in Fatal Ogden Car Crash

17-year-old Mark Mora was charged as an adult for his role in a police chase that claimed the life of two other young men on April 22 in Ogden. Weber County prosecutors charged Mora with two counts of automobile homicide for the deaths of Derek Jesper, 18 and Blake Strebel, 19. Additionally, Mark was charged with; failure to respond to an officer’s signal to stop, driving with a suspended license, driving without insurance, and a license plate violation.

According to KSL news, on April 22 officers tried to pull over Mora for suspicion of a burglary that happened earlier that day. Mora refused to pull over and lead police on a short chase that ended tragically when Mora ran a red light and hit Strebel and Jasper at 28th Street and Washington Boulevard in Ogden. Mora was knocked unconscious, but his passenger, Andrew Gomez attempted to flee the scene but police caught him a short distance down the road.

Investigators believe Mora was under the influence of alcohol or drugs that may have contributed to the crash and his refusal to yield to the officers signal to pull over.

We offer our prayers to the family and friends of Derek Jesper and Blake Strebel. Mora’s many bad decisions constituted the state’s need to try him as an adult. His irresponsibility cost the lives of 2 other young men, something worthy of severe punishment.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

Utah Bush Crash Sparks a Review into Bus Safety

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood ordered a review of bus safety policies in response to the crash in Mexican Hat, Utah back in  January 2008. According to KSL news, the crash killed 9 people and injured 43 others. The National Transportation Safety Board said that driver fatigue was the probable cause of the crash. The board also stated that a delay by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in implementing bus safety regulations made ten years ago contributed to the accident’s severity. The regulations, if implemented properly, would strengthen the bus’s roof and steps to help keep them in their seats during a roll over.

During the crash, the roof came completely off the bus and everyone with exception of the driver who was wearing a seat belt was ejected from the bus. The driver, Welland Lotan, was forced to take a longer route home due to weather related highway closures. Lotan suffered from sleep apnea and was using a device to regulate his breathing days before the accident. Lotan took a wrong turn onto a road that was not part of the intended route when the accident occurred. The bus was so isolated that it took emergency crews nearly one hour to arrive on scene. The nearest hospital was about 190 miles away in Flagstaff, Arizona.

“Motorcoaches have been a safe form of transportation in the United States for many years, but even a single crash or accident is unacceptable,” LaHood said in a statement.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

Midvale Motorcycle Accident Leaves Man With Brain Injury

A motorcyclist was hospitalized after slamming into a parked car in Midvale on April 29. The driver crashed into the back bumper of a parked car at 10pm near 900 West and 7700 South. Witnesses heard the crash and saw the motorcycle but didn’t see a driver, reports KSL news. “They came down to investigate, originally thought there was no one there, but looked under the car and saw the victim,” said Sgt Chad Egan of the Midvale Police Department.

Witnesses called 911 and just as emergency crews came the man regained consciousness. He was rushed to the hospital with serious head injuries. The man was not wearing a helmet but other details of the crash are under investigation. Police suspect alcohol was a factor but it is unknown if it actually was.

From the sound of this report, I don’t think this man will be able to find a Utah motorcycle accident attorney or lawyer to help him, since it sounds like the crash is his fault! In Utah, if you are 50 percent or more at fault, you don’t have a case.

I don’t know all of the details of this case, but I do know that when riding a motorcycle, wearing a helmet can be life saving. This man sustained severe head trauma that may have been lessened by use of a helmet. Although helmet use has risen, the U.S. Department of Transportation reports only 51 percent of motorcyclists wear a helmet. Motorcycle helmets reduce the likelihood of a crash fatality by 37 percent! People have many reasons not to wear a helmet, but really the risk is far too great. Use your head: Wear a helmet!

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation.

Driver Faces Charges Following Fatal Parleys Canyon DUI Car Accident

We blogged previously about a hit-and-run auto accident on Interstate 80 that claimed the life of 26 year old passenger Jason Palmer. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the man at large for this crime that happened on April 1 in Parleys Canyon, near 2400 East, is now in police custody. 35-year-old, John Featherstone Bishop was allegedly drunk around 8:45pm on April 1 when he rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz SUV and rolled his car. Witnesses say Bishop was traveling at speeds close to 100 mph, even though he was in a construction zone that posted a speed limit of 55 mph.

The auto accident injured the man and woman in the Mercedes SUV and four of the five passengers in his vehicle. The fifth person, Jason Palmer was killed when he was thrown from the back seat of Bishop’s white BMW.

Bishop ran from the scene and sought care at a nearby Intermountain Medical Center where he claimed that he was hurt in an assault. His blood alcohol level was .13 at the hospital.

Bishop was booked into Salt Lake County jail on April 14. He now faces several charges: a second-degree felony for automobile homicide, four third-degree felony counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing serious bodily injury, two class A misdemeanors for driving under the influence and causing bodily injury, one class A misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, one class B misdemeanor count of reckless driving and a class B misdemeanor count for violating his terms as an alcohol-restricted driver. He could face from1 to 15 years in jail.

This is great news to catch the man responsible for this hit-and-run accident. We congratulate law enforcement agencies that worked to find the man responsible. He faces numerous charges but we know this can not begin to compensate for the loss of Jason Palmer. We offer our since condolences for friends and family of Mr. Palmer.

From a legal standpoint, catching the assailant is a step in the right direction. Mr. Palmer’s family can seek a “wrongful death” claim against Bishop’s insurance or Bishop directly. The other individuals, both in Bishop’s car, and the man and woman in the Mercedes, can also make a claim against Bishop’s insurance. I suspect that under the circumstances, there will not be enough insurance coverage of Mr. Bishop’s policy. We recommend all those injured seek an experienced Utah personal injury attorney that can help them through this process.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

Hard Economic Times Means Fewer Auto Fatalities

Some good news can be found during this recession: fewer motor vehicle fatalities. Less money in pockets of Americans means fewer highway deaths. As the economy worsened and gas prices reach $4 a gallon the number of people killed in accidents hit its lowest level in five decades.

In addition to fewer miles driven, experts also say seat belt use, tighter enforcement of drunk driving and advocacy groups have lowered highway deaths. 37,313 people died in auto-accidents last year, that 9.1 percent lower than the 41,059 deaths in 2007. There were 272 people who died on Utah roads during 2008, the lowest total in 16 years. “The silver lining in a bad economy is that people drive less, and so the number of deaths go down,” said Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “Not only do they drive less but the kinds of driving they do tend to be less risky -there’s less discretionary driving.”

“Americans should really be pleased that everyone has stepped up here in order to make driving safer and that people are paying attention to that,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

In past economic recessions, roadways deaths have also decreased. Fatalities fell more than 16% from 1973 to 1974 as the nation dealt with the oil crises and inflation. Again in 1981 to 1982 highway fatalities fell as Americans battled a recession.

Another bright spot for 2008 was seat belt usage was at a record 83%. Fourteen states posted seat belt usage at 90% or higher! Experts contribute this increase to civic safety groups efforts to educate on seat belt use and law enforcement efforts to penalize those caught driving without buckling up.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

Best Portland Oregon Personal Injury Attorney: Joshua Shulman

I have had the chance to meet Portland Oregon attorney Joshua Shulman. Joshua does personal injury and accident law, such as car accidents, slip or fall cases, Oregon trucking accident cases, Oregon nursing home accident cases and drunk driving accident cases.

I am particular about the lawyers I refer my cases to, and Joshua Shulman is at the top of my list for auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents and really any type of serious accident in the Portland Oregon area. I strongly recommend Joshua Shulman because he is top attorney in the Portland area who has a wealth of knowledge and experience and is fired up about representing his clients. Not only is he well-versed in personal injury law, but his commitment to his client’s cause is rarely seen in attorneys at any level. You can visit his website here.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

Provo Accident Attorney Helps You Get Most Money for Your Totaled Car in Utah Accident Book

Headline: A new book out by Provo Utah accident attorney Ron Kramer titled The Utah Accident Book covers a problem that seems to come up every time a car is totaled in a Utah car accident.

If your car was totaled in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you will probably have to deal with the other person’s insurance company. Most report that the offer they get for their car is less than the amount they need to go out and replace their car. In short, many report getting “low-balled” by the insurance company. Out of frustration, they go ahead and just accept the offer and eat the difference. Insurance companies save themselves millions by using this across-the-board method of paying less than fair value on these wrecked car claims.

In the Utah Accident Book, I cover how to reverse this trend. In other words, I share with you exactly how to get the amount of money that your car is worth. I go over Utah law which specifies how the adjusters are supposed to value your wrecked car and what you can do if they are undervaluing it. Everything is tied to Utah administrative law that has been written to guide how insurance companies are supposed to value vehicles. Insurance companies that do business in Utah are required to follow these rules.

To get a copy of the Utah Accident Book with no obligation, call my office right now at (801) 553-8840, or click: Utah Accident Book.

Ron Kramer is a Provo personal injury attorney and author of the original Utah Accident Book and has offices in Provo, Draper and Bountiful, Utah. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

Author of Utah Accident Book Interviewed on KSL Studio 5

Attorney Ron Kramer was interviewed on Utah’s KSL Studio 5 on March 27, 2009, by Darin Adams regarding things to look out for if you have been involved in a Utah car accident. His recent book, The Utah Accident Book, wherein Mr. Kramer discusses the 13 mistakes to avoid after a crash, was also discussed. Viewers were given information to get a free copy of Mr. Kramer’s book for themselves and given the link: http://www.MyAccidentBook.com.

To view the interview, click on the link: Utah Accident Book Author Interviewed. You may order your own copy of this book by clicking here.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

Charges Filed in Fatal Ogden Car Accident

The Weber County Attorney’s Office has filed charges today against the passenger of the Cadillac that struck 18-year-old Derek Jasper of South Ogden and 19-year-old passenger Blake Strebel of South Jordan in this fatal car accident in Ogden, Utah.

According to KSL News, charges were filed against Andrew Gomez, 21, of Ogden, Utah for assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. Charges are currently pending for the 17 year old driver of the Cadillac, Mark Mora. Currently, the charges being recommended for Mora include vehicular homicide, DUI, evading police, running a red light, improper registration, no proof of insurance and driving on a denied license.

If there was no insurance on the car, then the family of Derek Jasper and Blake Strebel will likely be unable to make a claim against the at fault driver in this case. If this is the case, the civil action in this case would be against the insurance company that the Jasper and or Strebel had at the time of this sad car accident.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

Utah Personal Injury Lawyer Shares Seven Things to Do After a Car Accident

Attorney Ron Kramer shares seven things you should do after being involved in a car accident in Utah:

The Seven Most Important Things To Do:

  1. Make sure the police have documented the crash. If they haven’t, and it hasn’t been that long (2-3 days) call them and have them do one.
  2. Get medical treatment as soon as possible if you haven’t done so already. If you have auto insurance or live with someone that does, you should probably have at least $3k for med treatment. If you have been to the emergency room and have been released, you should follow up with your own private doctor. You can also refer yourself  to a chiropractor if you have neck or back injuries. If your injuries are more severe, you should see a specialist, either by referral from your own doctor or by setting an appointment yourself.
  3. Remember to document the crash with photos, especially in more moderate to severe crashes. This is not as important if you have a bumper scuff.
  4. Tell your insurance carrier about the car accident. They will have forms that they will send you that you should fill out to qualify for benefits, including at least $3k in medical benefits, lost wages up to $250 per week for one year, and “household services” benefits of up to $20 per day for one year.
  5. Continue your treatment and be compliant with all the doctor/therapist wants you to do. If you have to miss an appointment, make sure you have a good reason and you give your doctor/therapist advanced notice of this.
  6. Remember that you don’t have to give a statement to the insurance company. There is no law that says you have to give one. The danger with these is that the insurance person may ask questions to get information that they can later use against you. If you do give a statement, stick to describing how the crash happened, e.g. “I was at a stop and this car rear ended me.” You have to be really careful if you could be blamed in any way for the crash because they may try and elicit admissions or confessions out of you. The same thing applies with describing where you were injured. Suppose your back is hurting really bad and they ask you to tell them everywhere it hurts. So you tell them about your back but can’t at that point appreciate a shoulder injury you also sustained. Later, they might say that you’re shoulder injury is not related because you didn’t mention it to them. This is why there is a rule in Utah that says if the statement is taken within 15 days of the accident, they can’t use it against you unless they gave you a copy of it and gave you a chance to make corrections.
  7. Most important: Be honest. Be honest to your doctors and those that treat you. In other words, don’t try and exaggerate (or minimize) your injuries.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.