One Utah Resident Injured in Salt Lake City Rollover

A Utah rollover in downtown Salt Lake City injured the driver of a Range Rover on Saturday, July 25th, 2009. According to the KSL news, the driver of a white Dodge Caravan ran a red light at the intersection of 500 South and 500 West. The driver slammed into a Range Rover causing the Range Rover to flip onto the driver’s side door.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

Obviously the driver of the Dodge Caravan violated one of the most simple Utah traffic laws, the drivers obligation to stop at a red light. I don’t know what caused the driver of the Caravan to run the red light, but I do know the person injured in the Range Rover almost certainly has a legal claim against the driver of the Dodge Caravan.

I recommend the person injured contact an experienced personal injury trial attorney who can hold the at-fault party responsible for his or her actions as well as seek a fair settlement for damages.

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.

Tragic Utah Car Accident Claims Six Lives

A tragic crash in Magna, Utah on Saturday, July 18, 2009 claimed the lives of 6 Utah residents, including 4 children. The crash occurred on State Road 201 at around 1 in the morning. A driver of a Dodge Stratus was headed south on State Road 202 and pulled into the intersection to make a left onto SR-201. The car was T-boned by a Mercury Sable.

Sgt. Jeff Nigbur of the Utah Department of Public Safety told the KSL news, ” Whether the vehicle coming from 202 turned out in front of the other vehicle or what happened – we don’t know, and that’s something we’re trying to get to the bottom of.”

State Troopers have identified the six victims as Veronica Martinez, 35, Ricardo Ramirez, 29, Mercedes Martinez, 15, Veronica Ramirez, 6, Isabel Ramirez, 5, and Megan Foote, 15. The only survivor of this party was 4-year-old Ricardo Ramirez who was seated on the passenger seat floor beneath the dashboard. He was life-flighted to Primary Childrens Medical Center.

The impact of the high speed crash immediately knocked the Dodge Stratus into the two left hand lanes. The Sable ended up in the center of the road. Two young women were thrown from the Stratus and died at the scene. Two adults and another young teenager were also pronounced dead at the scene. The final fatality was a young teenager who died en route to the hospital.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

The father and son in Mercury Sable were also taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

This is obviously an extremely tragic accident. The problem certainly was compounded by the amount of people traveling in the Dodge Stratus. I offer my sincere condolences to the families of all the victims.

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 Resident Dies in an Auto Accident in Carbon County, Utah

24 year-old Provo resident, Deanne Jones was riding in the back seat of a westbound 1998 Nissan 200 SX on Highway 6 when the car rolled near Carbon County. The Utah auto accident occurred on Saturday July 18, 2009 reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

At 12:35 a.m. the car was in Wellington when the 18-year-old driver fell asleep. He drifted across an oncoming lane of traffic then off the shoulder. They hit an embankment killing Jones on impact. The driver, along with a 28-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries.

Authorities have ruled that drugs and alcohol were not factors in the accident.

My sincere condolences to the family of Ms. Jones. Fatigued driving, unfortunately, claims victims every year. It is an entirely preventable phenomena, one I personally think Utah, with its large expanse of roadways, should do more to prevent.

The family of Deanne Jones is now left with a wrongful death claim against the driver of the car Deanne was in. It is likely that all insurance policies in force–including Deanne’s–will be collectible in this tragic 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.

Fatal Car Accident in Cedar City Kills Two and Injures Five

A car accident in New Harmony, Utah, about 15 miles south of Cedar City, claimed the life of a father and his infant daughter this past Sunday, July 13, 2009. The Utah auto accident, involving three cars, also hurt five other people and shutdown the southbound lanes for seven hours.

A family of five from California was driving in the southbound lane when the driver swerved to avoid a deer. He overcorrected and his Range Rover flipped several times before it came to a stop in the middle of the freeway. Two of the passengers in the car, 31-year-old Olegario Angulo and his daughter, 4-month-old Assata were killed instantly. The KSL news reports that the father was wearing a seatbelt but his daughter was not in a car seat and was ejected from the Range Rover.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

To make matters worse, a few minutes later, another motorist, who couldn’t see the obstruction ahead, and who was driving a Toyota 4-Runner, slammed into the back of the Range Rover. Yet another vehicle, this time a pickup, was also unable to stop and similarly collided with the Range Rover.

The driver of the Range Rover was transported to Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City where he remains with serious injuries. The other two passengers were treated with less serious injuries. The two people in the pickup truck were flown to Intermountain Medical Center.

My condolences to the family as they deal with the aftermath of this tragic crash. I have been involved in single-car rollover cases that have involved deer. The first impulse will be to blame the deer. Unfortunately, deer do not carry insurance and are judgment proof. Usually in these cases, however, a claim can successfully be made against the driver of the vehicle. There may be issues of sleep deprivation and improper driving reaction that will allow a claim against the driver to be successful, at least with the insurance company. If the driver is a family member, it isn’t anything personal. The claim will usually be resolved, especially in a fatality case, with the insurance company anyway.

An issue in this case is sure to be adequacy of insurance. Two people perished and others were seriously injured. I would venture that the insurance limits of the driver will not adequately cover the losses here. This is where “underinsured” insurance comes in. This is why it is critical to have sufficient limits so that in cases where the person who causes the crash has little or no insurance, there is a safety net.

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.

Juab County Car Accident Involving Tractor-Trailer Kills One

A crash in Juab County, Utah, just before noon on U.S. Highway 91 in Mona, Utah, on Friday July 10, 2009, killed 69-year old Larry V. Kay. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Larry V. Kay was killed when a tractor-trailer carrying construction vehicles rear-ended the Ford Ranger that Kay was a passenger in. The tractor-trailer ended partially on top of the pickup before going off the road. Both Kay and the driver of the Ford Ranger were ejected. The driver suffered only minor injuries and the tractor-trailer driver was not injured.

My condolences to the family as they are left to deal with the aftermath following this big rig driver’s negligent actions.

Based on the story in the Salt Lake Tribune, I think it is quite clear that the tractor trailer driver is to blame in causing this 18-wheeler-car accident and the death of Larry Kay. Those that drive big trucks such as the one in this story, have heightened duties to make sure that their conduct does not inflict injury on others that they share the road with. Those that drive these trucks and get commercial driver’s licenses, are considered “professional drivers” who are supposed to drive much better than the normal driving public. They are also supposed to be more careful around others and keep more of a distance between their truck and other vehicles on the road. And when they don’t, and a person is seriously injured or killed as a result, then they are responsible for the harms and losses that follow.

Time is of the essence in these cases. After six months, certain evidence in the case, such as the trucker’s driver logs, could be lost forever. I would advise the family to get in touch with a Utah trucking lawyer familiar with trucking cases to pursue their claim and help preserve the evidence.

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 Teen Injured in Farmington After Being Hit in a UTA Train Accident

A teenage girl was hit by a train while trying to cross the tracks to catch her train. The train accident happened at the Farmington, Utah station on 450 N. and 580 West on Friday, July 11, 2009.

The KSL News reports the teenage girl may have been distracted when she attempted to cross the tracks in an unsafe area. UTA spokesman, Brandon Bott says the train the teen was attempting to catch was heading north and pulled up to the station, but as she attempted to cross the tracks she was hit by another train going south.

The victim suffered severe head injuries and was transported to Intermountain Medical Center. The hospital confirms she is being treated in the ICU and remains in critical condition.

UTA says they work diligently to keep the railways safe and they remind passengers to be cautious and safe when entering and exiting a train.

Being hit by a train is obviously very serious. My best wishes to this young woman as she begins what will likely be a long journey toward recovery, or something that is as close as she can get given her serious head injuries.

One thing that concerns me in this story is the spin that UTA tries to add. They have done this in other UTA-related accidents, including a case against UTA that I am currently involved in, where they will feed a sound bite or two to the press to try and throw cold water on any thoughts the injured victim may have at making a claim against UTA. Here, in this story, they are claiming that the victim was “distracted” and was crossing in an “unsafe” area. This may actually be the case, but I find it troubling that they are basically disseminating their obviously one-sided view on the Utah citizenry without the benefit of an independent investigation.

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.