Utah Man Dies in Crash on Icy Road

A Utah man has passed away after losing control of his vehicle on an icy road and plunging into the Colorado River. The accident happened on Monday, December 14, 2009. According to KSL news and the Utah Highway Patrol, 47-year-old Edward W. Fischer of Moab, Utah was heading westbound on state Route 128 when his truck hit a patch of ice. He then went off the road and rolled down a 50-foot embankment into the river below. He was taken to Allen Memorial Hospital in Moab, Utah where he died just a short time after arriving.

According to the comments on this story, this sounds like a treacherous stretch of road in the winter time. The family may want to investigate whether the road was unreasonably unsafe during the winter months and was not adequately built with guard rails and the like to keep this type of accident from happening. I would recommend that the family contact a Utah injury lawyer to look into what remedies may be available due to a possible defect in 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.

Rottweiler Dog Takes Life of Young Boy

A 20-month boy from Florida is dead after a vicious dog bite attack by a Rottweiler dog. According to the AP, the toddler was at home during a party when the dog was somehow allowed into the house. The dog then proceeded to attack the boy, with family members trying to pry the dog off the child. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The dog was seized by animal control.

It is unusual to see such a vicious dog attack. However, statistically, young children more often end up on the losing end of a dog bite because of their small size and the inability to fight off an attacking dog. My prayers go out to the family of this boy. This is a terrible tragedy.

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.

Avoiding a Utah Car Accident in Tooele County and Beyond

There were 17 different Tooele County, Utah auto accidents that closed I-80 for an hour and a half on Saturday, December 9, 2009. The accidents caused the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office to issue a warning to all motorists to stay home. Certainly the snowstorm was a major factor in the road closure, but a surprising factor may also be to blame: overconfidence.

In Utah, many of us pride ourselves in our ability to drive in even the worst weather conditions. Many of us have four-wheel-drive vehicles and snow tires that add to our confidence to drive in snowy weather. Law enforcement officials often point out that none of that means anything if it only serves to create a false sense of invulnerability. In other words, snow tires and all-wheel-drive vehicles can not make up for good-old fashion, cautious driving. No matter the technology, the simplest way to increase safety on snowy Utah roads is to slow down.

“A lot of people think that because they have four-wheel drive they will be fine,” said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Troy Marx. “My squad car is four-wheel drive and I slide all the time. Seriously, just slow down.”

According the Tooele Transcript, it takes just one motorist who fails to adjust to weather conditions to cause a multiple-car incident.

So remember that winter weather requires more than an adjustment to the type of tire you use, it always requires and adjustment to speed and attitude. Drive times will increase, this is just a fact of winter. Spending more time commuting is better than jeopardizing your safety and the safety of those with whom you share 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.

How to Get a Lawsuit Cash Advance

If you are involved in a personal injury legal claim in Utah, you may be entitled to “borrow” or get a cash advance against your Utah accident or injury case. (These are a much better alternative than getting a payday loan.) These types of lawsuit or settlement loans are only advised if you are in financial hardship, as the interest rates tends to be high. These loans, which are basically secured by the estimated future value of your case, are considered “advances,” to be paid back at the end of your case. If for some reason things go south and you don’t get the recovery you were anticipating, then a reduced payment will be accepted, or no repayment at all if your case is lost.

Companies that provide these advances first want to know that you have a decent case that will likely pay out at the end. They therefore will want to review the accident report (if any), medical records, and other helpful documents so that they can make a rough estimation of the value of the case. They will also require that you have a lawyer that will sign their paperwork so that when the case is resolved, that they will be one of the first people paid.

To find a company that might be willing to advance money, you can do your own research on the internet or ask your attorney to recommend a place. Keep in mind that some attorneys will refuse to assist you in getting an advance or charge you money to review the paperwork. You should know that you have a right to contract with anyone you wish and mere inconvenience to your lawyer is not a good reason for them not helping you out. If your attorney still refuses, then you have the liberty to change attorneys to one that will assist you in securing the cash advance that you seek.

The turn-around time on cash advances for Utah accident and injury cases if fairly quick. (We are aware of companies that can approve an advance and get you money in less than 24 hours.) Others might take a few days to process everything. It is always advise able to get them before you absolutely need the money, just in case your lawyer doesn’t have time to process the paperwork for you.

Here at the Kramer Law Group, we have helped obtain well over a hundred lawsuit and settlement cash advances for our clients while we have worked their case up, are negotiating with the insurance company, or are simply waiting for the settlement check to arrive. We never charge a fee to our clients to assist with these cash advances and consider it another service that we can offer them.

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.

Winter Storm and Careless Driving Cause Several Utah Auto Accidents

Utah is certainly receiving its fair share of snow.  I’m sitting here in the Provo office and it hasn’t stopped snowing since I got here! Those of you who drove to work this morning probably  noticed your commute took much longer than expected because of snow, slush and ice that our covering roads all throughout the state. The snowy weather coupled with numerous accidents all throughout the valley made for a messy commute.

The first Utah car accident was a four-car accident near 3900 South. Troopers say one of the vehicles was driving too fast for the weather conditions, lost control and flew across all lanes of traffic eventually hitting another car. After that initial crash, a third car spun out of control. The final car was a Volkswagen Beetle that attempted to steer away form the accident but could not gain control in time and rear-ended a Nissan Altima. The accident blocked traffic for several hours. KSL news reports that no one was hurt in this Salt Lake City auto accident, only property damage to all four vehicles.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

“You drive a classic, you take good care of it and some . . .” — Harry & the Hendersons

The next crash happened near the south end of the valley at 10600 South. A pickup truck lost control and slammed into a bus full of LDS missionaries on their way to the airport. The driver of the car was taken to the hospital and there were no reported injuries on the bus.

UHP Trooper Chris Cox offers this counsel: “I hope people will take the time to check their tires, air pressures, and slow down and increase their following distance.” Troopers caution drivers to slow down and allow yourself enough time to get where you need to go. Increasing your speed and following too close are recipes for disaster in winter weather.

This storm has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory for northern, central and southern Utah.

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 Payday Loan Alternatives for Utah Car Accident Victims

If you have ever looked into getting a loan at one of those Utah payday loan places, you know the super-high interest that these Utah payday loan places charge. Some places even charge in excess of 600% interest! It’s nuts! And they require that you start making payments soon after you get the loan, when many are simply not in a financial position to do so.

If you have been involved in a car accident in Utah, there is an alternative to the payday loan store that you should be aware of. If you were not at fault and you have a pending claim against the insurance company of the driver that was at fault, then you very well could qualify for an “advance” on your case. There are companies that basically loan you money in “advance” of your settlement or future resolution of your case. They do want to be repaid (of course), but the interest in much, much lower. In many instances, it never exceeds 60 percent, with some places as low as 30-40 percent. Of course, the interest paid will be more than getting an advance on a credit card or some other type of consumer loan. And we only recommend this if you are in an emergency financial situation. But when you are in a position that you are considering these loan-shark Utah payday loan places, you may not be in a position to be too selective.

To qualify, you first need an injury case that has some value and has not yet been resolved. The amount you can get as an advance depends on the estimated value of your case. You then need an attorney who will countersign the paperwork and agree to pay the advance company the money loaned-plus interest, when the case is completed. That is about it.

At the Kramer Law Group, we are happy to facilitate these lawsuit or settlement advances. (Some law firms refuse to do them because it takes up their time.) And we don’t charge anything additional for facilitating these advances. (Some firms actually charge for reviewing and signing the paperwork.) Since attorneys in Utah are not allowed to loan money to their clients, these advances are done through other, third-party lending companies, that we would be happy to refer you to (even if you don’t have a case with us). Give us a call to see if we can help you out in your situation.

Please note that the Kramer Law Group has no interest in any of these advances and does not get kick-backs from referring their clients to such a lending company. We facilitate these advances as an additional service to our clients.

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.

Semi-Truck Rolls Over in Utah Trucking Accident

A tractor-trailer packed with newsprint rolls toppled on Interstate 15 near Far West, Utah on Thursday, December 3, 2009. According to Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Cameron Roden, the driver, a 36-year-old male and the passenger, 27, were taken to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, both are in fair condition.

Investigators believe the truck rolled after overshooting a curve causing it to crash into the median. This Utah trucking accident happened at 2:45 in the morning and scattered huge newsprint rolls over the freeway.

Best wishes to the driver of the big rig for a speedy recovery. Hopefully we can all take a lesson, especially truck drivers, to take these turns at a slower speed. Fortunately, in this case, there were no other vehicles involved.

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.

Orem Man Dead Following Auto Pedestrian-Crosswalk Accident

A 75-year old man died today, December 3, 2009, after being struck by a car in a crosswalk yesterday. According to KSL.com, the man was crossing the street with two other women when the driver of a truck driver of a truck made a left hand turn into the group of them. The unidentified man was dragged 30 yards. The women were said to have minor injuries, but the elderly Utah man was critically injured and died the next day. The driver reported to the police that he did not see the pedestrians in the crosswalk because the sun was in his eyes. The case has been referred to the district attorney’s office for possible charges.

This is obviously a tragic story. Crosswalks are supposed to be safe havens for pedestrians crossing the street–assuming they have the green light. Utah laws require motorists to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, even if the walk symbol may have turned to “Don’t Walk.” And if a motorist can’t see if someone is in the crosswalk, they are not allowed to proceed.

Based on the facts in this story, the family of this man has a wrongful death claim against the driver of the truck. Since this auto-pedestrian accident happened during the day, and involved a truck, there is a possibility that the driver was working for a company at the time of the crash. If he was, then the employer of the man is also responsible to the family of this man. The women injured in this pedestrian accident also have a claim against this driver or the company employing the driver. I would recommend that the victims of this auto-pedestrian accident contact an pedestrian accident lawyer to initiate a claim against the driver and/or his or her company.

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.