Bountiful Personal Injury Attorney Offers Free Utah Accident Book

Even if you never plan to hire an lawyer after your Bountiful, Layton or Ogden, Utah car accident, you will want to get your hands on a copy of my new book: The Utah Accident Book. The book will cost you nothing and comes with no obligation to those who request it. In the book, we explain the process you will go through in dealing with the insurance companies out there. There is also a large chapter about the thirteen mistakes you must avoid in your case. We also included a chapter on representing yourself with the insurance company, just in case you decide to do it on your own.

For those who are on the fence about hiring a Bountiful personal injury attorney, you’ll want to check out the chapter in the Utah Accident Book dealing with what to look for in hiring a personal injury lawyer. Hint: the guy on TV may not be the best attorney for your case.

For those who have wound up with wrecked or totalled cars, I also have included a chapter in the Utah Accident Book on getting top dollar from the insurance company on this total loss and how you may be absolutely entitled to get a rental car when the other guy took yours out.

If you are frustrated with your attorney and are thinking about sacking them, or just want a “second opinion” on your case, you will also want to read the Utah Accident Book to get advice on this as well.

Young and old, this book offers something for everyone!

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.

Statistics on Hit and Run Collisions in Salt Lake City

The past few days Utah residents have seen several example of hit and run auto accidents in the news. Interestingly, statistics show that you are more likely to be a victim of a hit and run if your car is parked than if you are actually and driving and get hit. It is certainly frustrating to come out of the grocery store and see a big dent on the bumper that wasn’t there when you walked in. Some of the most common places to be involved in a hit and run collision are grocery stores, malls, sporting events and restaurants, all places with larger parking lots and cars that are frequently coming and going.

Did you know that Utah law says that if the accident is unattended, the driver that caused the damage must actually leave a clear, visible note? So that note is more than just a courtesy, it’s a Utah law! The note must include the name, address and registration number of the vehicle that caused the damage. If you leave without reporting, you could face class B misdemeanor charges, reports ABC 4. You will then be forced to pay the damages to the vehicle along with the fine associated with the hit and run charge.

So what happens if you come out of that store and find your car has been damaged and the at-fault party hasn’t left a note? Courtesy of Allstate Insurance, here are some tips for those drivers:

  • Survey your immediate surroundings for the other vehicle’s driver.
  • Call the police.
  • Get the facts at the scene (search for witnesses).
  • Check for surveillance cameras.
  • Take pictures.
  • Contact your insurance company.

Fortunately, in data compiled in 200 of America’s largest cities, Salt Lake City, Utah, ranks 179 out of 200 in hit and run crashes. In 2009, there were a total of 297 hit and run collisions reported, and 72 percent (216) happened when the car was parked and no occupants were present.

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.

Two Girls Injured While Walking Near a Utah Car Accident

Two Utah girls, ages 10 and 13, were injured when two cars crashed near the location where they were walking. This Utah pedestrian accident happened on Saturday, February 22, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah at around 7:15 pm. According to the report provided by the Salt Lake Tribune, the girls were walking in a crosswalk near 900 West and 400 South when one car ran into another car sending the second car towards the girls.

The 13-year-old girl suffered serious injuries to her leg and back, and the younger girl suffered a minor leg injury. Both were taken to Primary Children’s Medical Center.

Fortunately, it appears these injuries were not life threatening. I wish both young ladies the best as they recover. These girls were innocent bystanders and happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when this accident took place. We don’t know why the second driver hit the first vehicle. Was he distracted on his cell phone? Did he not see the car in front of him slow down for the girls at the crosswalk? Regardless, the insurance of the party liable for the accident is also responsible to cover the claim of these two girls. I recommend that the family of these two young girls contact an experienced Utah personal injury attorney who will help them receive compensation for their injuries.

The Kramer Law Group does not currently represent any of the parties referenced in the blog article above. We have cited and linked to the source of our information. If you were involved in the above incident, or one like it, and have questions about your rights and possible remedies, you may call a reputable Utah personal injury law firm. The information and opinions expressed above are provided as a public service and should not be used in place of legal advice from a qualified Utah personal injury attorney.

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 Road Rage Accident Leaves Man With Broken Neck

Two drivers in diesel pickup trucks, that had been reportedly “leapfrogging” each others, became involved in a Utah personal injury accident near Roy, Utah February 19, 2010. According to the Standard Examiner, Chris Devore, 31 of Layton, Utah, was driving a lifted white Dodge diesel pickup and was reported to have been upset that he was passed by a Ford pickup truck, driven by John Zeuthen, 49 years old, of Ogden, Utah. The men exchanged the finger a few times and according to KSL News, Chris Devore got in front of Zeuthen and slammed on his brakes, causing the accident to happen. Unfortunately for Devore, however, he ended up on the receiving end of the road rage: he is reported to have received a “broken neck” from this and was taken in to surgery at Ogden Regional Medical Center. One of his two kids that were watching daddy from the back seat received minor cuts from flying glass.

So because of one man’s inability to control his anger, he is now left with a broken neck? What a sad consequence for such a minor insult. A broken neck, to me, means he potentially received a spinal cord injury, or SCI as it is called. At a minimum, I expect he bruised his spinal cord, which would affect all areas of his body below the area of spinal cord bruising. Generally, if you are going to receive a spinal cord injury, it is best to have is as low on the spine as possible. An SCI at the neck, unfortunately, has a more profound effect since it will affect the ability to move arms, fingers, etc. A complete spinal cord disruption in the neck area will render the victim a quadriplegic.

Even though it sounds like this man brought this on himself, I wish him all the best as he comes to terms with the consequences of his actions and as he does everything he can to medically recover. Thankfully the driver of the Ford was not injured.

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.

A Lane Change Causes a Fatal Provo Auto Accident

A car changing lines on Interstate 15 near the University Avenue exit in Provo, Utah caused a fatal accident on Thursday, February 18, 2010. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, a Buick Century attempted to change lanes while traveling north in the center lane and hit a Chevy Cavalier in the right lane.

This Utah auto accident caused the Cavalier to spin causing the driver-side door to open. The car spun and both the passenger and the driver were thrown onto Interstate 15. KSL news is reporting that neither were wearing a seat belt. The two victims were transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, where the driver died. The passenger is reported to be in very-serious condition. Those riding in the Buick were not injured.

I offer my sincerest condolences to the family of the victim who was killed. I hope for the best for the other occupant as he/she fights for their life.

In a study of fatal crashes performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2003 through 2007, only two percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were wearing a seatbelt were ejected from their vehicles, while 35.3 percent of unrestrained occupants were ejected during a crash. The NHTSA studied over 400,000 crashes in this time period and found that 14 percent of the crashes involved either driver or passenger being ejected from the vehicle. The study also found that the percentage of persons who were ejected was nearly twice as high when the posted speed limit was 60 mph or higher.

Seatbelt use significantly increases your likelihood of surviving an auto accident. Occupants are 2.3 times more likely to be fatally injured when ejected from their vehicles.

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.

Orem, Utah Man Dies in Fatal Phoenix, AZ Car Accident

A veering 2006 Kia sedan took the life of Ronald H. Norris, 55 years old from Orem, Utah near Phoenix AZ on February 17, 2010. According to the Arizona Republic, the driver of the Kia, one Miguel Angel Ortiz, 34 years old, fell asleep at the wheel as he was returning from dropping his father off at work. Apparently, his car was on cruise control and he veered off of Interstate 17 near Phoenix and ran into Ronald Norris, who was helping to change a tire on his friend’s, Danny Walton’s, 1996 Cadillac. (Both Norris and Walton were in town with their wives to attend the funeral of a loved one.) By reports, the driver of the Cadillac, Danny Walton, had pulled the car well off of the highway to change the tire when Ortiz veered off the road and struck Norris. The Cadillac itself was not hit.

Emergency crews arrived on the scene and attempted CPR, but were unfortunately unable to revive him. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene. No citations were issued for the Kia driver for “simply falling asleep.”

My heart goes out to Ronald Norris’ family and friends, especially his wife, who was probably one of the first to get to her husband after this happened. I also feel for Mr. Ortiz, who by his actions, caused this tragic accident to happen.

Driving while fatigued or being sleep deprived is never justified. Utah has a campaign, including prominent signs along the I-15 highway, that tell motorists to pull over if they are drowsy. It’s hard to believe that there isn’t a citation that could be issued to the Kia driver. In Utah, I would think at a minimum the driver should be written up for Negligence Collision. I’m not sure if there would be sufficient evidence, though, to screen him for negligent homicide. His actions of driving while sleep deprived probably would not rise to the level of “reckless,” a state of mind required for a charge of this kind.

So Ronald Norris’ widow is now left with a claim against Mr. Ortiz. Practically speaking, claims against someone for a fatal accident such as this go through the at-fault driver’s insurance company, since most drivers don’t have liquid assets sufficient to pay above and beyond what the insurance might cover. In Arizona, though, minimum insurance limits are low: only $15,000 per person. Hopefully this driver carried more than that. There is no doubt, though, that whatever the limits are, it will not be sufficient to compensate for this great loss. In this case, then, there are potentially two additional “underinsured” policies that Mr. Norris’s estate can tap into: his own as well as the Mr. Walton’s. Additionally, there is “PIP” or personal injury protection coverage of $3,000 that can be used for funeral expenses.

I wish the families involved the best as they come to terms with this senseless tragedy.

The Kramer Law Group does not currently represent any of the parties referenced in the blog article above. We have cited and linked to the source of our information. If you were involved in the above incident, or one like it, and have questions about your rights and possible remedies, you may call a reputable Utah personal injury law firm. The information and opinions expressed above are provided as a public service and should not be used in place of legal advice from a qualified Utah personal injury attorney.

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.

Five Injured in Utah Auto Accident

Five family members were hurt when their car crashed on Interstate 215 on Saturday, February 13, 2010. The family, traveling in a Ford Fusion, was headed southbound near 600 North when a Chevy Cavilier cut them off at around 12:30 in the afternoon. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Nigbur reports that the after the Fusion was cut off, the driver lost control and went off the right side of the road and hit a utility pole, eventually rolling onto its top.

Emergency crews responded to treat the five injured family members. A 3-year-old girl was thrown from the car and received the most serious injuries. She, and her 2-year-old brother, were taken to Primary Children’s Medical Center. A 5-month-old baby suffered minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that both the 2-year-old and the baby were properly restrained.

The father suffered serious injuries and the mother received minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital to receive treatment. Fortunately, it appears the condition of those involved is improving and all parties are expected to survive.

I’m glad to see that the family is recovering and injuries were not fatal. I wish the very best as they recover and attempt to get back to their daily routines.

From the report, it appears that the driver of the Chevy didn’t stop, and may not even know they caused the accident. If authorities are able to find the driver of the Chevy, and they determine that this driver was liable for the accident, this family will have a claim against his or her insurance company.

Often in cases like this, the at-fault party is never found and other parties are left to file a claim with their own insurance company to cover the costs of medical bills. In any matter, I recommend that this family contact an experienced Utah personal injury lawyer who will make sure the investigation is completed properly and that they get the benefits they are entitled to under 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.

Semi Trucking Accident Near Ogden Seriously Injures Man

An 82 year-old, Riverside, Utah man by the name of Ted Macfarlane was seriously injured this past Wednesday, February 10, 2010, when the Chevrolet Suburban he was in was rear-ended by a semi-truck on the I-15 freeway, in an area just north of Ogden, Utah. According to The Leader, the driver of the car, Paul Forsberg, had just merged onto the freeway at Riverside when Forsberg’s Chevy Suburban was rear ended by a semi truck. This trucking accident happened at mile marker 384, which is just one mile south of Riverside, Utah. According to reports, the driver of the big rig, Lucas Butler, 31 years-old of Salt Lake City, Utah, had looked down at his radio when the crash happened. It was estimated that the Suburban had been going 55 mile per hour compared to the semi’s estimated 69 miles per hour. Butler’s employer, Empire Warehouse Inc., is based out of Colorado. The impact caused the driver of the Suburban to loose control, and the truck veered to the right and flipped roughly five times before it came to a rest on its top.

Emergency crews responded and transported Ted Macfarlane to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden, where he was operated on. Family members are encouraged because their father, grandfather (and great grandfather) has been taken off of his breathing tube and can now breathe on his own. Unfortunately, his daughter, Kristi Kent, said that he is only able to make small movement in his left arm.

My condolences go out to Ted Macfarlane and his family. From the article, it sounds like he suffered a spinal cord injury, or SCI, among other injuries that he no doubt experienced from this Utah truck accident. Having had clients with spinal cord injuries myself, I know how serious and life-changing they can be, and that the period following the injury is most critical in terms of what functions Mr. Macfarlane may be able to recover. It seems that a patient’s will and desire can play a large part in the recovery process. I would encourage Ted Macfarlane and his family not to give up hope but to work diligently with rehabilitation professionals to get back as much function as he can, knowing that results from his injuries can take a long while.

As I see it, the trucking company, Empire Warehouse Inc., based in Erie, Colorado, has a lot to answer for. First, the truck driver rear-ended the Suburban. This is evidence that the driver failed to keep a proper lookout for vehicles merging onto the highway. From the report, it sounds as if the Suburban merged safely onto the freeway but that it was shortly thereafter rear-ended by the driver of the semi. Another violation that jumps out is the failure to keep a proper distance between one vehicle and the vehicle in front. Third, it seems from the news report that there is already an admission from the driver that he was looking at his radio at the time of the crash. This is a violation of Utah Code section 41-6a-1715, which defines “careless driving” as committing a moving violation (following too close) while using an electronic device.

Finally, truckers are considered “professional drivers” and are held to a higher set of rules than normal drivers are. A reason for this is because a fully-loaded semi truck weighing around 80,000 pounds can inflict horrible damage and injury if it is driven negligently. The rules that govern semi truck drivers are found in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and require, among many other things, that truck drivers get enough sleep so that they are alert at the wheel. This is why one of the first things that should be looked at in reviewing a case like this is the driver’s log. Unfortunately, the law states that the trucking company can destroy this log after six months. It is therefore critical to request these items from the trucking company as soon as possible.

There are a number of other things that should be done to properly investigate the claim against the trucking company, including sending out a “preservation letter” to the trucking company, which asks them to preserve all evidence related to this claim. Because of the complexity of it all, I would recommend that the family contact an experienced Utah trucking accident attorney who can help them navigate the minefields that can be present in these kinds of cases.

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.

Girl Hit by Car in Magna, Utah Pedestrian Accident

A 14-year-old girl is listed in extremely critical condition after being hit by a car while walking to school. This Utah Pedestrian accident happened at 7am on Monday, February 8th, 2010, in Magna, Utah. According to KSL news, the girl was crossing in a crosswalk near 8500 West and 2700 South when she was struck. The impact of the crash threw her 100 feet. The girl was transported by helicopter to the hospital.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

According to police, the 21-year-old driver said that she didn’t see the girl before she hit her. Utah Major Accident officials are investigating the cause of the crash and the county attorney will then determine if charges will be filed.

I wish the very best to this young lady as she recovers. My thoughts and prayers are also with the family of this young girl as they struggle with her during this difficult time.

Utah Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Utah pedestrian accidents often cause serious injury, as was the case in this accident. Although details of the accident continue to be investigated, I would recommend that the parents of this young lady contact an experienced Utah personal injury lawyer who will help them take care of the legal aspects as they help their daughter recover. The victim will most likely have a claim against the insurance of driver, as Utah state law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians at 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.

One Man Killed in Cache Valley, Utah Auto Accident

Robert L. Smith, 54, of Wellsville, Utah was killed instantly in a multi-car accident on Monday, February 1, 2010. This fatal Utah auto accident occurred in Sardine Canyon, Utah on the Cache County side of the canyon at around 5:15 p.m. According to the Deseret News, the crash happened when a Ryder moving truck heading south on U.S. 89 crossed into the northbound lane and slammed into Mr. Smith’s yellow Saturn and a black Audi. A car traveling right behind Mr. Smith’s Saturn and the Audi collided with Smith’s car after the initial collision with the Ryder moving truck.

The two boys riding in the Audi and they are listed in critical condition. Their names are not being released because they are age. Two other people involved in this multiple-car Utah auto accident, including the driver of the moving truck, were taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

Authorities continue to investigate the cause of the crash as they wait for toxicology tests performed on the driver of the rider truck.

I wish the very best to all those involved in this accident and offer my sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Smith.

In a crash of this scale, where multiple persons are injured and where the accident involved a fatality, it is important for the injured parties and/or their families to consult with an experienced Utah injury attorney. Based on the news reports, it sounds like the driver of the Ryder truck was at fault. This being the case, all those affected have a claim against this man and the company he works for. Possible claims may also lie against Ryder if they rented a large truck such as this to someone who doesn’t have commercial driving experience. Under-insured insurance policies may also be tapped into if the company hiring the truck had insufficient insurance reserves. An injury attorney is especially important to a fair and equitable resolution if one of the parties has an attorney and the other does not.The best Utah accident attorneys will offer a free consultation and will offer those in hardship due to insufficient insurance monies, a discount on normal and customary attorney fees.

The Kramer Law Group does not currently represent any of the parties referenced in the blog article above. We have cited and linked to the source of our information. If you were involved in the above incident, or one like it, and have questions about your rights and possible remedies, you may call us or another reputable Utah personal injury law firm. The information and opinions expressed above are provided as a public service and should not be used in place of legal advice from a qualified personal injury lawyer. Most skilled and qualified Utah lawyers offer a free consultation. We will likewise provide a free consultation to not-at-fault persons (and their family members) mentioned in this article.

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.