Motorcyclist Dies in Utah Motorcycle Crash in Garfield County

48 year old, Robert W. Adkins was driving on a Harley-Davidson Super Glide east on State Road 12 on June 23, when a westbound Honda Accord started to turn left about one-half mile from Highway 89. Adkins attempted to slow down as the Honda Accord pulled out in front of him but unfortunately could not avoid the collision. His bike tipped onto the side and hit the right rear passenger door. He was rushed to Garfield Memorial Hospital where he died.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Adkins had just finished his master’s degree from Southern Utah University and recently started a job as a counselor. I wish my condolences to the Adkins family as they grieve this loss.

Drivers making left hand turns have the duty under Utah law to yield to other vehicles, including motorcycles. If they don’t and someone is injured or killed, then they are responsible for all the harms and losses that follow. In this case, it appears that the driver of the Honda failed to yield to Mr. Adkins and the crash resulted. His “wrongful death heirs,” which would include his children, his wife (if married) and his parents (if alive), therefore have a claim against this driver.

I would recommend that his family contact an experienced Utah wrongful death lawyer to advise them of their legal options and remedies.

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.

One Man Dies in Auto Accident in Carbon County

The Salt Lake Tribune reports at about 12:30 am, a GMC Sierra headed eastbound crossed the center line of a curved road on State Road 6 and collided with a Lexus head-on. The Utah car accident took place at on Wednesday, June 24th.

Evidence from the accident suggests that neither car attempted to swerve or move out of the way. The passenger in the Lexus, 63- year- old Robert Jackson Sr. of Hazel Park, Utah was pronounced dead at the scene. His son, the driver, suffered critical injuries to his head and legs and is being treated at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the GMC Sierra was also taken to Utah Valley. Police believe that fatigue may have been a factor. The case will be screened with the District Attorneys office for possible charges.

This is a tragic case. Unfortunately, this is not the first time this type of crash has happened on this road. The road has gotten safer in recent years, yet it still remains a danger because of aggressive driving by motorists who seem to be in a hurry to get to where they’re going. Obviously, a motorist is required to stay in their lane of travel when approaching another vehicle. It would seem that the driver of the pickup is completely to blame for what happened and for Mr. Jackson’s death. His family now has a wrongful death claim against the pickup driver and/or their own insurance company for “underinsured” benefits (assuming the pickup driver had insurance). The case should also be closely investigated to make sure that the area where the crash happened didn’t have a defective road condition that contributed to this deadly crash. I would recommend that they talk to a Utah wrongful death attorney experienced in this area of law.

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.

One Dead and One Critically Injured in Salt Lake City Car Crash

A serious auto accident on Interstate 80- at the Tooele and Salt Lake County lines left one dead and another critically injured. It also caused the highway to be closed for several hours on Saturday, June 13. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the victim was Mark Neilson of Magna, Utah.

The crash happened at about 11 am, when Neilson’s Dodge Dakota crossed the median and hit a FedEx triple-trailer head-on. Part of the FedEx truck was packed with ammunition. The severity of the crash started a fire that caused some of the ammunition to go off and engulfed the cars in flames.

The initial investigation revealed that Neilson was cut off by a white pickup truck that fled the scene. Authorities publicized the description of the truck, and Tuesday morning the driver of the truck’s daughter recognized the description and  turned her father  into authorities for questioning.

After being cut off, Neilson crossed the median through a turn-off in a cable barrier. Neilson was burned beyond recognition in the accident and the driver of the FedEx truck was flown to University Hospital in critical condition. I offer my sincere condolences to the Neilson family as they grieve this loss, and wish the driver of the FedEx semi-trailer a speedy recovery.

It is still unclear what role the driver of the white pickup played in this accident. From the news reports, it sounds like he may have been the one who set the crash in motion if he did in fact cut off another driver. If a driver suddenly merges into your lane, the instinct is to move out of the way to avoid the crash. That may have been what happened here. If in fact it was the negligence of the driver of the white pickup that caused Nielson to take corrective action to avoid the crash, then that driver would be legally responsible for the chain of events that naturally followed from his actions. We know that the driver was questioned and released. We’ll wait to hear what if any charges may be filed against this individual.

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.

Man from Roy, Utah Killed in Car Rollover Accident Near Wendover

Various news sources online say that around 4:00am this morning a man was killed and another was seriously injured in what must have been a very violent car crash on eastbound I-80 near Wendover. The Utah Highway Patrol is saying that near mile marker 36  the driver drifted left towards the center median, and then drastically over-corrected back to the right, flipping his Chevy Trailblazer and rolling it FIVE times. The car finally landed upright about 30 feet from the highway.

Chevy Trailblazer rolled on I-80 early this morning. Photo courtesy of the UHP and the Salt Lake Tribune.

The passenger, 36 year old Raul Luna from Roy, Utah was ejected from the car and died on the scene. The driver, a 36 year old man from Salt Lake County sustained serious injuries and was air-lifted to University Hospital. He is expected to survive.

The UHP is still investigating the accident, but suggests that alcohol was involved in the crash and that the driver was wearing his seat belt, but the passenger probably wasn’t.

Given the earliness of the hour, I suspect the driver was tired and falling asleep at the wheel. If the men had been drinking and we’re headed home from partying in Wendover, the only thing about this crash that is fortunate is that no other cars were involved and no one else was hurt as a result.

The names of the two men have not yet been released. As always, my condolences go out to their families and loved ones.

Again folks, please be careful out there on the road. Drunk driving and fatigued driving gets people killed. And here is one more example that seat belts really do save lives.

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.