Utah Auto Accident Caused by Street Racing

Four airmen from Hill Air Force Base were involved in a street-racing accident that caused a Utah rollover on Saturday, September 26, 2009 in Bountiful, Utah. The accident left one man with critical head injuries. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, two cars were racing on Interstate 15 north near 500 West when a white Mazda lost control. The Mazda hit a Dodge pickup on the freeway at about 4:50 pm. The collision caused the Mazda to roll and the vehicle slid and came to a stop upside down, several hundred yards north of the initial collision.

The driver of the Mazda has been identified as 18-year-old, Maurice Brown. He suffered severe head injuries and was flown to University Hospital. 20-year-old passenger, Matthew Godfrey, was also taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Police were able to apprehend the silver Subaru Impreza that was involved in the street race. Fortunately, the driver of the Dodge pickup was not seriously injured.

Utah Street Racing Law

Street racing presents many dangers to the parties involved. In addittion to it being an extreme risk to the driver and passengers of the vehicle, it is an extreme danger to other vehicles on the road. Many young people street race for the thrill, fame, adrenaline rush or sometimes the money that accompanies a win. Participants of illegal street races may not comprehend the consequences of their actions. They can cause injury and death, be arrested, receive substantial fines, license suspension and sometimes jail time.

According to Utah law, participants of street racing may be cited for reckless driving and pay a fine of $750 (Sec. 76-3-301). Guilty parties are also subject to jail time.

If you, or anyone you know has been injured as a result of an illegal street race, contact my office today for a free, no obligation consultation. I will send you a copy of my free Utah Accident Book, that outlines the steps you should follow following your Utah auto 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 County Girls Foot Severed by Truck

A 14-year-old girl from Pleasant Grove, Utah was seriously injured when a semi truck ran over her foot. The accident occurred on Monday, September 22, 2009 on the corner of 600 West and Center Street in Pleasant Grove, Utah. According to KSL news, the girl and a friend were standing on the corner when a two trailer semi-truck carrying rock was making a right turn. The girl was facing away from the intersection when the rear set of tires on the truck’s back trailer caught the girls ankle. Her foot was completely severed.

The driver of semi was apparently unaware that he had hit the girl and did not stop. Police believe they have located the truck involved and are running test to make sure. The girl was taken to the hospital where she is undergoing surgery.

I just met with a client last week who experienced a similar situation when a Utah big rig driver cut the corner too sharp while making a right-hand turn and injured my client. Commercial drivers have a duty to turn carefully so as to not cause injury to pedestrians who may happen to be standing at the intersection junction. In this case, it sounds like the girl may have actually been in a marked or un-marked crosswalk. It is even more important at crosswalks to make sure the turn is made safe.

The parents of this poor girl would do well to talk to a Utah trucking attorney regarding their daughter’s remedies in this situation. If the truck was found, then a claim needs to be brought against the trucking company and the driver for negligence. If the truck cannot be found, then the parents can make a claim against their own uninsured motorist coverage. I wish this young woman the best recovery possible.

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 truck accident attorney.

Engaged Couple Killed in Summit County Car Crash

A pregnant woman and her fiancé were killed on Saturday, September 19, 2009 in a tragic Utah car accident. The crash took place on U.S. Highway 40 in Summit County, Utah. According to the Salt Lake Tribune and the Utah Highway Patrol, the 19-year-old woman and her 21-year-old fiancé were traveling to work early Saturday morning. The couple was headed west in a white Chevy Cavalier near the interstate 80 interchange in Summit County when the woman began to swerve for an unknown reason. Her car went into a spin, crossed the median and  hit a Jeep Cherokee that was traveling the opposite direction.

The woman, who was seven months pregnant and her fiancé were killed instantly. The driver and passenger in the Jeep were flown to University Hospital and are in serious condition. There injuries are not considered life threatening. I offer my sincere condolences to all victims in this 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.

One Man Killed in Cedar City, Utah Car Accident

According to KSL news and the Utah Highway Patrol, one person was killed on Friday, September 11, 2009 after a pickup truck hit a minivan on the I-15 in Cedar City, Utah.

The driver of the pickup truck, 16-year-old Colton Utley of Santa Clara, Utah was headed southbound on Interstate 15 shortly after 5pm. He lost control of his truck and spun through the median into the northbound lanes where he hit the Toyota minivan. The driver of the van has been identified as 42-year-old Nyal C. Bodily of Pleasant Grove, Utah. Despite wearing a seatbelt, he was killed on impact. Another passenger of the car suffered a broken hand in this Utah car accident.

Typically, interstate crashes involve drivers traveling at high rates of speed. Although it is unknown why the driver of the pickup lost control of truck, speed may well have been a factor. Did you know that speed related crashes are 3.4 times more likely to be fatal than other Utah auto accidents? In 2007, there were 11,411 speed related car crashes in Utah, resulting in 5686 injured. Speed was the main factor in 43 percent of fatal crashes in 2007 and. (Statistics provided by publicsafety.utah.gov)

I offer my condolences to this family as they mourn this tragic loss. Obviously, Mr. Bodily did nothing to contribute to this crash happening. From all appearances, he was innocently driving down the road when all of this happened. His family is now left with a claim against the driver of the other vehicle.

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.

Pedestrian Killed in Sandy Crosswalk Identified

Police tonight identified the woman who was killed earlier today while jogging through a crosswalk in Sandy, Utah. According to KSL News, the woman has been identified as 62-year old Renee Fleckenstein of Sandy. Our condolences go out to her family for this tragic loss.

According to reports, the person who hit Fleckenstein made a left-hand turn into her as she was jogging through the crosswalk. The impact was severe enough to throw her over 30 feet into the air.

There are a lot of questions to answer in this unfortunate pedestrian accident. The biggest and most obvious one: could the driver have seen Ms. Fleckenstein? According to news reports, the driver that struck her says that she could not see the jogger because it was dark. According to http://www.sunrisesunset.com, the sun rose this morning at 7:02 a.m. in Sandy, Utah. However, before the sun rises, there is a period of light preceding the sun’s rising that could provide illumination sufficient for a motorists to see a jogger crossing a crosswalk. Tomorrow morning, around 6:41 (one minute later to reflect lighting conditions today) will be a good time to see if this is true.

Another issue is whether Renee Fleckenstein was wearing any type of reflective clothing. Further, I wonder if the woman who struck her lives in this particular area. During the warmer months, drivers should be aware and expect to see joggers out on the road and to exercise caution around them. It seems that the onus here is on the motorist who struck Ms. Fleckenstein since Utah law requires that motorists yield the right of way to pedestrians who are in crosswalks.

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.

Jogger Injured in Utah Pedestrian Accident

A jogger was killed after being hit by a vehicle on Wednesday September 9th, 2009. The Utah pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of 1000 East and 11400 South in Sandy, Utah.

According to KSL news, the woman was jogging in the crosswalk early Wednesday morning when she was hit by a Honda SUV. The driver stated that she was turning and could not see the driver in the dark. She flew 30 feet onto the street and sustained massive head trauma. Emergency crews arrived and transported the jogger to University of Utah Medical Center by helicopter where she later died.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

Police could not immediately identify her because she did she was not carrying ID, but they recently verified her identity and were able to notify family members.

Utah Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According public knowledge website walkinginfo.org, in 2007, 4654 lives were lost due to pedestrian related accidents and over 70,000 were injured. That is fatality every 113 minutes and an injury every 8 minutes. In Utah there were 32 pedestrian related fatalities.

I wish the family of this woman the very best as they mourn this tragic loss. Unfortunately, when the family will be faced with with a mountain of medical bills and funeral expenses. Utah law requires vehicles to yield to pedestrians, especially pedestrians crossing in crosswalks. The family of the woman who was hit has a wrongful death claim against the insurance of the woman who hit her.

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.

Utah Boy Injured in Pedestrian Accident

The Deseret News reports that an 8-year-old boy was hospitalized after being hit by a cement truck on Tuesday, September 1, 2009. The accident occurred at the corner of Weaver Lane and Flint Street in Murray, Utah at about 8:40 a.m. The boy was riding his bike to school with his brother and sister when he was hit.

The driver of the cement truck completed a full stop and was turning onto flint street when the boy rode his bike into the street. Witnesses recount that the boys siblings asked him to slow down at the intersection. Just as the truck began its turn, the boy was struck. The boy was run over by “at least one” of the truck’s axles and police report he suffered serious leg injuries. The boy was wearing a helmet, which did limit his injuries. He was flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center.

Layton Police Lt. Quinn Moyes urged all motorists to be extra careful in school zones and also urged parents to educate their children on safety. “We have little guys walking to school and some riding bicycles to school. It’s time for parents to sit down and go over safety rules with children,” Moyes said. “For instance, when we get to an intersection, we get off and walk our bikes.”

I wish the young boy 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 pedestrian accident attorney.