Three People Hurt in a Salt Lake City Car Accident

A man traveling south on 1300 West in a Honda Civic ran through a stop sign at 600 North and collided with a van. The driver of the Civic and a 14-year-old girl passenger were taken to the hospital Saturday, May, 23 and are in critical condition reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

Salt Lake City police say the Civic hit the van that was westbound on 600 North at about 7pm and the impact from the crash caused the van to flip. The Civic ended up in a yard across from the accident. Witnesses estimate the car was traveling 60 to 70 mph at impact. The van driver was taken to Salt Lake Regional Hospital.

Police have yet to determine whether drugs or alcohol may have been a factor. I wish all parties involved a speedy recovery.

Obviously, the driver of the Civic violated one of the most basic of traffic laws: the duty to stop for a stop sign. As such, he is responsible to all who were injured in this Salt Lake City car accident, both the passenger in his car as well as those in the van.

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.

Motorcyclist Dragged 50 Feet in Midvale Accident

A motorcycle driver was wedged under a pickup truck on Midvale’s Center Street at about 7720 South and 175 West at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May, 20. The motorcycle driver was going the speed limit when an oncoming pickup truck didn’t see him and made a left turn right in front of him. He could not avoid the accident so he attempted to lay down the bike to minimize the crash.

The motorcycle rider, 52-year-old Robert Horn was wedged under the truck and dragged 40 to 50 feet reports KSL News. He sustained chest and head injuries but police officers say that the helmet he was wearing saved his life. Horn was taken to an Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition. His condition has since been upgraded to serious condition.

The driver of the pickup will likely be cited for failure to yield. He was not injured in the Utah motorcycle accident.

My take on this is that the driver of a motor vehicle has the obligation to keep an eye out for other traffic and to not turn left unless it can be done so safely. He really has no excuse in this case. As such, Mr. Horn has a claim against the driver and/or his insurance as well as a possible claim for under-insured coverage under his own insurance policy. Best wishes to Mr. Horn for a speedy recovery.

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 motorcycle accident attorney.

Utah Dog Bite Attorney Says to Look for Warning Signs to Avoid a Dog Bite

Don’t wait until you’re bit to spot warning signs of a dog’s aggression. According to the Center for Disease Control, or CDC, much of dog aggression existed before the Utah dog bite ever happened. Somehow, the dog grew up thinking that growling and biting his own family members is acceptable conduct. The dog’s owners may have not taken steps to curb this growing aggression before it developed into a dog bite. Experts tell us that dog aggression is serious and needs to be treated seriously. And it should be addressed at the first sign. Experts recommend that the dog be taken to a veterinarian for a complete medical workup, including blood work. Sometimes the reason for a dog’s aggression can be linked to a medical condition. There is treatment for this.

If a dog has become aggressive and there is no medical explanation for it, then dog owners need to look at modifying the dog’s behavior through training classes. It is in the dog’s owner’s best interest to reduce the risk of the dog biting others.

In Utah, dog owners are “strictly liable” when their dog bites another. When a dog injures, maims or seriously injures a person, the owner will be responsible for all the harm and losses that follow. There could be civil lawsuits as well as possible criminal sanctions if the owner lets a known aggressive dog come in contact with others.

When the dog bites, you will want to hire a Utah attorney who is experienced in handling dog bite cases. Dog bites can leave permanent and lasting injuries. They can be quite serious. You therefore want to make sure you are making the best possible claim if you or a loved one have been hurt in Utah by a dog bite.

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.

Utah Attorney Advises What To Do After a Dog Bite

If you have been bitten by a dog, you are probably going to be shaken up and you may be unsure of what to do next. It is important, however, to make sure you take steps following your dog bite to preserve a possible claim against the owned or keeper of the dog who bit you.

As soon as you can after your dog bite, you will want to:

  • Get the name, phone and address of the dog owner or keeper of the dog.
  • Make sure the animal control people are notified. The dog that bit you could have rabies or some other disease and should be quarantined to determine if it has any disease in its system.
  • Find out who saw the dog bite, get names, addresses and phone numbers of these witnesses.
  • Find out what kind of dog bit you and its breed.
  • Take photographs of your wound as soon as you can and take periodic photographs as your wound heals to show the progression.
  • Take photographs of where the dog bite took place. For example, if the dog jumped the fence or dug a hole to get out, make sure you take a picture of where the dog escaped.
  • If the dog bit through your clothing, preserve the clothing, including any blood soaked clothing that you may have worn at the time of the dog bite.

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 dog bite attorney.

Utah Celebrates National Dog Bite Prevention Week

In an effort to promote awareness of the continuing problem of dog bites, the Center for Disease Control is celebrating National Dog Bite Week (May 17-23). Perhaps “celebrating” is really the appropriate word. The CDC estimates that there are over 4.5 million dog bites that happen every year! The odds are 3 to 1 that the person most likely to be a dog bite victim is a child. And these same stats say that over 75 percent of the bites come from dogs the victim knows and most dog bites occur either at home or in a familiar place.

The CDC is trying to promote awareness of the warning signs of an impending dog bite. It seems that kids are less likely to appreciate these warning signs and as a result, suffer the bulk of dog bite injuries. Renowned veterinarian, Dr. Ian Dunbar, has developed a criteria for assessing and categorizing dog bites:

  • Level 1: Displays of intimidation, including dog growling, lunges, snarling with no teeth.
  • Level 2: Dogs teeth graze or touch the skin, but no puncture. Could be minor surface abrasions and bruising and scratches from paws and nails.
  • Level 3: Between 1-4 small holes with punctures about 1/2 of the length of the dog’s tooth.
  • Level 4: Between 1-4 holes from a single bite with punctures deeper than 1/2 of dog’s tooth. Tearing, black bruising and/or slashing wounds are present. Dog may have clamped down and shook victim.
  • Level 5: Multiple bites of Level 4 or above. A repeated attack.
  • Level 6: Any dog bite that kills a human.

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.

Sandy Accident Hospitalizes Two People

A car accident occurring in Sandy, Utah on Sunday, May 17th has sent two people to the hospital. Highland police say a black Pontiac ran a red light at 8100 South and Highland Drive and slammed into an SUV. Emergency crews were forced to cut open the car to take out the passenger.

Highland Drive was shut down for a short time as medical helicopters came to life-flight the victims to a nearby hospital. There is no word on the condition or identities of those involved.

Obviously, stopping for a red light is a basic rule of the road that motorists expect others to obey. When you violate such a basic rule that is designed to safeguard the driving public, serious injury and sometimes death results. Our thoughts go out to the victims of those involved in this preventable Utah car accident.

From the sound of this story, the driver who ran the light was probably distracted. Driving while distracted is against the law in Utah and if the distracted causes a crash, he or she will be cited for distracted driving along with running a red light and negligent collision (with injuries). The victims of this car accident have recourse against the at-fault driver or his insurance company. I would recommend that they contact an experienced accident and injury lawyer in Utah for assistance in getting a legal remedy for what happened.

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.

Holladay Pedestrian Accident Leaves Man with Serious Personal Injuries

83-year old Cyrus McKell of Holladay, Utah was hit by a car while doing yard work near his home on Wednesday, May 14. McKell was working on a sprinkler system in his condominium complex when at 87-year-old driver jumped the median, went up onto the lawn and hit McKell throwing him several feet, reports KSL news.

Salt Lake County sheriff’s report that the driver suffered some sort of health problem that attributed to the crash.

Mckell taught botany at Utah State and was also the former dean of the Weber State College of Science. He received serious head injuries and remains in extremely critical condition.

From a legal perspective, Cyrus McKell has a claim against the man that hit him for the brain injury and other serious injuries he received. It is likely the other driver knew that he was having health problems at the time he got behind the wheel of his car. He and/or his insurance company need to accept full responsibility for what happened here. Mr. McKell will also want to get his own auto insurance involved to help pay for medical bills and possibly provide additional benefits should the insurance company for the at-fault driver be insufficient to cover the fair value of this case. My best wishes to Mr. McKell and his family as he recovers from his serious 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 pedestrian accident attorney.