Big Rig Accident Near Cedar City Takes Trucker’s Life

A flatbed semitrailer fell 400 feet off the side of state Route 14 on Monday, November 24, 2009 at around 2 pm in Cedar City, Utah. This Utah trucking accident killed the driver.

Officials continue to investigate and are still unclear as to the cause of the accident. At this point, officers believe the accident could be speed related. “It looks like speed was a factor, but we’re not sure if equipment failure and anything like that or other factors are related to the crash,” said Cameron Rodden of the Utah Highway Patrol. “The driver was ejected and sustained fatal injuries and died on scene.” According to thespectrum.com, the driver’s identity has not yet been identified.

Utah Highway Patrol responded to the accident when a driver called saying they had smelled brake fluid and burning rubber. Emergency crews came and were able to recover the body. They say the truck has Florida plates but they could not determine the name of the trucking company. Crews will attempt to recover the truck today.

UHP officers says the driving conditions on the highway area, known as Hanging Rock turn are difficult for trucks to maneuver so it is recommended that the trucks travel an alternative route. Trooper Brian Barritt said there are usually about one or two accidents involving semi-trucks on SR-14 each year.

I offer my condolences to the family of the driver as they are notified of this tragic loss. If the crash is determined to be equipment related, I recommend that the family contact an experienced Utah trucking accident attorney who can help investigate what remedies might be available, including the possibility of filing a wrongful death claim.

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.

Driver Hits and Kills a Utah Utility Worker

Police are trying to figure out what caused a man to lose control of his car causing the death of a utility worker. According to KSL news, the driver was headed south on State Street in Roosevelt, Utah when his car crossed the center line near 1800 South. The car then left the road hitting a fence and slamming into a worker who was marking telephone wiring boxes. This Utah accident happened on November 11, 2009.

The utility worker was taken to the hospital where he passed away. Roosevelt police do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor but they are looking into the driver’s history to see if he is prone to seizures. I offer my sincere condolences to family of this man who passed away.

This article leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Was there a mechanical problem with the car, was the driver distracted, was he perhaps texting while driving? It sounds like the man who hit this innocent victim may not have been forthright in his cooperation with the Roosevelt police. The driver, of all people, should know best why this unfortunate accident happened. I would recommend that the family hire an accident and injury lawyer to get to the bottom of why this crash happened and exploring all the legal remedies which may include tapping into the employer’s “under-insured” coverage (after collecting insurance limits from the at-fault driver) which is likely to be at least one million (if it is a non-governmental entity).

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.

Woman Hit and Injured in Cedar City Pedestrian Accident

A Cedar City woman remains in serious condition after being hit by a car nearly a week ago. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the 41-year-old woman was chasing her dog when she ran across State Route 56 near 4200 West on October 30, 2009. A man driving a 1996 Ford Explorer hit her and threw her 40 feet.

A police officer was nearby and stopped to help the woman who was later flown to Intermountain Medical Center with internal injuries. The driver told police he tried to swerve to avoid the woman and her dog but was not able to avoid them in time. No citations were given in this Cedar City pedestrian accident.

It is not clear from the news story whether the driver that hit the woman was driving negligently. We know that no citations were issued. Yet their remains the issue of what the driver was able to see just before the crash happened. This woman may wish to consult with an accident and injury lawyer to see what her potential remedies may be based on the facts of this case.

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 County Car Crash Causes Traffic Delay

Southbound Interstate 15 lanes in Utah County were closed on Monday, November, 4, 2009 following a Utah County Car crash. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, a Mazda 626 carrying two people overturned after it was cut off by another car. The two people were transported to the hospital by ambulance in fair condition. Both of the injured parties are from St. George.

Utah Auto Accident Statistics

The number of people who died on Utah roadways was the lowest total in 16 years. Utah Department of Public Safety Research says there were 272 traffic related fatalities on Utah roads in 2008, down 17 percent from 2007. Motorcycle deaths were up to 35, the highest total since 1985. Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Cameron Roden says one possible explanation of the lower fatality numbers is the high gasoline prices which may keep many Utah motorists off the road.

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.