Taylorsville Pedestrian Crosswalk Accident Ends with Community Service for Man

A judge in Salt Lake City, Utah agreed to dismiss a negligent homicide charge against Paul Riddle, 18 months after he pleaded guilty in the death of a school crossing guard whom he struck during a snowstorm in December of 2008. Jim Smith was struck by Mr. Riddle’s vehicle in a crosswalk outside of Bennion Junior High School on December 16, 2008. He died about two weeks after being hit. Third District Court Judge Royal Hansen sentenced 52-year-old Hansen from Taylorsville, Utah to community service after he plead guilty to the lesser, misdemeanor charge, in the death of 77-year-old, Smith. KSL news reports the “failure to yield” charge and speeding in a school zone were dropped.

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.

Draper Motorcycle Accident Sends Two Men to Hospital

A motorist who makes a left-hand turn has a duty to yield to oncoming motorists. It’s the law. According to KSL News, this law was broken on March 24, 2010, when a vehicle traveling through the intersection of 123rd South and Minute Man Drive failed to yield the right-of-way to two motorcyclists and struck them as they were traveling through the intersection. Both men are said to have injuries to their backs and lower legs and were taken to the hospital. Police are deciding whether the woman will get a ticket or not.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

First of all, best wishes to these two men as they recover from this totally preventable motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, too many motorists fail to yield when they make a left-hand turn. Since the failure to yield is a violation of Utah law, I am not sure why the woman would not get a ticket for causing the Draper motorcycle accident to happen. I happen to have likewise been a victim of a driver who failed to yield when making her left turn at this very intersection.

The motorcyclists should keep in mind that most motorcycle policies don’t have the regular PIP, or Personal Injury Protection benefits that drivers of cars do. So unless they purchased additional med pay coverage for their bikes, there may be no money on their policy to pay for medical bills. Typically, this med-pay component will pay up to $3,000. Hopefully both men have health insurance that will cover these medical expenses. Of course, a claim can and should be made against the at-fault driver in this case for the amount of medical bills, time off of work, any permanent impairment, etc. If the woman did not have enough in insurance coverage, then the men could look to their own policy for “under-insured” coverage.

Ron Kramer is a Utah motorcycle accident attorney with an office just a few blocks east of this intersection.

The Kramer Law Group does not currently represent any of the parties referenced in the article at the time it was written. 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 American fork, Utah personal injury law firm. Do not act based on the above information without getting a consultation. The best personal injury law firms will offer a free consultation. We offer a free and confidential consultation to those (and their family members) not substantially at fault in causing their accident. 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 motorcycle accident attorney.

Salt Lake City Car Wreck Takes Sandy Man’s Life

A crash in Salt Lake City, Utah took the life of 25-year-old Michael Peterson and injured 4 others on March 23, 2010. This fatal Utah auto accident happened around 1:45 a.m. on South Temple. Police say they believe alcohol was involved. According to the KSL news, the 26-year-old driver of a black Honda Passport was driving under the influence of alcohol when he hit a silver Volkswagen Passat, killing Michael Peterson of Sandy, Utah. According to the Salt Lake City Police Department, the driver of the black Honda ran a red light at the intersection of E Street and South Temple and hit Mr. Peterson’s driver-side door. Peterson was turning east and was hit just as he entered the middle of the intersection. Witnesses at the intersection say the light was red when the black Honda pulled out and hit the Volkswagen.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

Police say the force was so great that Peterson was most certainly killed on impact. His 29-year-old passenger was taken to the hospital with major chest, spine and pelvis injuries. The two passengers in the black Honda were also transported to the hospital in critical condition. The driver of the Honda was able to originally walk away from the accident but was later taken to the hospital with internal injuries.

My heart goes out to Mr. Peterson’s family for their tragic loss. I offer my sincere condolences to the Peterson family. I also wish the other parties a speedy recovery.

The initial reports indicate that the crash was so violent police had a difficult time figuring out which direction the cars were going. This indicates Honda was probably traveling at a high rate of speed. Sadly, 20% of Utah fatal car accidents are alcohol related. The driver of Honda will be charged with a felony DUI and will most likely be found liable for this accident.

I recommend that the parties involved in this accident hire an experienced Salt Lake City, Utah personal injury attorney who will help them get the compensation they deserve.

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.

Bountiful Pedestrian Accidents Double

In a report out yesterday, March 18, 2010, we learn that the number of Bountiful pedestrian accidents has doubled. According to the Standard Examiner, the number of auto-pedestrian accidents has doubled from 11 in 2008 to 22 in 2009. Most of the Bountiful pedestrian accidents involve kids on bikes running into cars, says Bountiful City Engineer Paul Rowland. The study was commissioned by the Traffic Safety Committee and the Bountiful City council.

The study did produce a positive finding: that the overall incidence of car accidents are down. In 2008 the number of Bountiful car accidents was 667. In 2009, this number dropped to 642. Overall, a reduction of 25 car accidents. Overall volume has shown to have decreased as well, a factor that most likely caused the lower accident trend.

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 Trucking Accident Closes Interstate 15

A semi-truck carrying diesel fuel lost control causing a spill of thousands of gallons of fuel onto Interstate 15. This accident happened at around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, causing heavy delays for commuters in Weber County, Utah. The spill required a major cleanup, and for hours traffic had to be diverted off the north and southbound lanes of the freeway. According to the KSL news, the 55-year-old driver of the semi had just picked up a load of diesel fuel from the refinery in Woods Cross, Utah and was on his way to deliver to load in Ogden, Utah when he fell asleep and veered into the barrier. The impact caused the two trailers he was pulling to roll, then slide 150 feet. The oil spill caused a small fire, but the Roy fire department arrived quickly and extinguished the fire.

The crash caused about 5,000 gallons of fuel to spill on several lanes on the Interstate. EnviroCare teams spent nearly seven hours cleaning up the mess. UDOT engineers found that the oil caused severe erosion to a 30-foot section of the interstate which means the road will have to be repaved before it can be driven on.

Authorities say the driver was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. He was in the 11th hour of his 12-hour shift.

Driving drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. Parties are held liable if they get behind the wheel and cause an accident because they are tired. Driving drowsy reduced your ability to drive effectively and decreases your reaction time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there are approximately 100,000 caused by drowsy driving. Sadly, 1,500 people die each year from this type of accident.

Ron Kramer is a Salt Lake City, Utah personal injury attorney who helps the injured all throughout Utah receive the compensation they deserve.

The Kramer Law Group does not currently represent any of the parties referenced in the article at the time it was written. 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 American fork, Utah personal injury law firm. Do not act based on the above information without getting a consultation. The best personal injury law firms will offer a free consultation. We offer a free and confidential consultation to those (and their family members) not substantially at fault in causing their accident. 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 truck accident attorney.

American Fork Woman Dies in Car Crash

A woman from American Fork, Utah, Rosie Arnold, died this past Saturday, March 13, 2010, when she lost control of her pickup and her truck rolled. According to the Deseret News, she was driving north in a heavy snowstorm on Route 6 near Lynndyl Utah when she lost control and her truck went off the left side of the road and rolled. Unfortunately, she was not wearing a seatbelt and by reports, was “partially ejected.” She had to be extricated by emergency crews. Teenagers in the truck fared better and were taken to an area hospital with cuts and bruises. The Utah Highway Patrol investigator said that Arnold was driving too fast for the snowy conditions.

I send my sincere condolences to the family of Rosie Arnold. After looking at the comments to this story, I can tell that she was well loved by those that knew her. Living in American Fork myself, I feel this loss even more keenly. I also send my best to the others injured in this crash.

Those that were injured in this auto wreck should be able to file a claim with the insurance carrier insuring this truck. I wish everyone a speedy recovery.

The Kramer Law Group does not currently represent any of the parties referenced in the article at the time it was written. 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 American fork, Utah personal injury law firm. Do not act based on the above information without getting a consultation. The best personal injury law firms will offer a free consultation. We offer a free and confidential consultation to those (and their family members) not substantially at fault in causing their accident. 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.

Two Killed in Salt Lake City, Utah Trax Accident

Alex Amundson, 21, of Fairview, Utah and Donald Callison, 18, of Monroe, Utah were killed and two others were seriously injured after a collision with a TRAX train near 200 West and 4100 South in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 11, 2010. The crash happened around 7 p.m. Investigators say the Red Chevrolet was waiting for the train to pass at the crossing arms near 200 West and 4100 South. The driver decided to pull around the gate, ignoring the warning signs and sounds, into the path of the train that was running at full speed. Witnesses say the arms were down and they drove the car around the arms to possibly try to beat the train. The train hit the red Chevy at around 55 mph.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

The driver was killed instantly, and Donald Callison, who was sitting behind the driver, died later at the scene. The passengers on the right side of the car were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Their names have not been released. KSL news reports that one of the survivors is an 18-year-old woman from West Valley City, Utah and the other is a 19-year-old male from Vernal, Utah. Both remain in critical condition. There were at least 60 people on the train at the time of the accident but none of them were injured.

My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with families of the victims in their time of need. I wish the two injured parties the very best as they recover

Law and Liability Issues

In looking at reports on this sad event, parents of the driver are at a loss as to why Alex Amundson drove around the crossing arms to cross over to the other side. Perhaps he was late for an appointment? At any rate, his actions caused his death and that of his passenger Donald Callison. As such, the family of Donald as well as the others who were injured critically in this crash, have a claim against the insurance policy. If they had their own car insurance or were under someone else’s car insurance, then they can additionally make an “underinsured” claim with that insurance company.

I would recommend that those affected by this terrible event hire a Utah accident and injury lawyer to help them find out the extent of remedies that are available to them.

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.

Blanding, Utah Accident Takes Life of Woman

Liberty R. Little was killed in a head-on collision four miles east of Monticello, Utah. Snow and ice likely contributed to this fatal Utah auto accident that happened on Thursday, March 12, 2010 on U.S. 491 in southeastern Utah. Liberty Little was driving a Ford Explorer eastbound at around 9:10 in the morning 4 miles east of Monticello, when the vehicle spun out of control eventually colliding head-on with a Toyota 4Runner in the westbound lane. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Little died at the scene. The driver of the Toyota was taken to the San Juan County Hospital and later flown in critical condition to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Little was wearing a seatbelt but the driver of 4Runner was not. Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Cameron Roden said alcohol may have played a factor in the crash.

I offer my sincerest condolences for the passing of Liberty Little. I hope that her family will be able to cope with this loss. I wish the driver of the 4Runner well as he recovers.

At-fault drivers in weather-related accidents are not always given a citation for the accident. Police officers will determine if the accident was caused by the weather or by driver error. In poor weather conditions, it is even more critical for drivers to slow down so that they can both stay in control of their cars as well as respond if an accident suddenly unfolds in front of 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 if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

Utah Semi-Truck Accident Near Cedar City Takes Woman’s Life

A woman, Kristen Kay Taylor, 25 years-old of Salt Lake County, is dead following a fatal accident involving a semi-truck on March 10, 2010. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, an accident with another semi had just occurred near mile marker 35 (just north of Pintura, Utah) on the I-15, causing traffic to back up in the southbound lanes. Kristen Taylor was driving a Kia Spectra at the time with her fiancé Gregory Bennin when she stopped for the backed-up traffic. A truck driver driving a Wal-mart semi truck just behind her was unable to stop in time and smashed into the rear of her car, pinning her car under the semi truck in front of her. Another car then crashed into the back of the Wal-Mart truck.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

Because of the severity of the crash, Kristen Taylor died at the scene. Her passenger, Gregory Bennin, sustained critical injuries, including a severe injury to his arm that may require amputation. He was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center. Others involved in the initial crash were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries. It is reported that there was a total of 15 cars involved in this crash. Highway 15 ended up being shut down for several hours.

My heart goes out to the family of Kristen Taylor and her fiancé. From reports, they were on their way to Las Vegas to get married when this tragic crash happened. She even had her wedding dress in the back seat of the car. I also learned that she was expecting at the time of the crash. Such a tragic loss.

In situations like this, we look to see how this crash could have been avoided and what caused it to happen. Based on the news reports, it appears that the Wal Mart truck driver may have been driving at speeds too fast for conditions. We are told that the conditions were snowy on this highway at the time. Under the circumstances, commercial truck drivers are required to slow their speed so that if they have to make a stop, they can do so in a safe manner, without causing injury or property damage to another.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established rules which govern how these big-rig drivers must drive in hazardous conditions.

Section 392.14 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations states:

“Extreme caution in the operation of a commercial motor vehicle shall be exercised when hazardous conditions, such as those caused by snow, ice, sleet, fog, mist, rain, dust, or smoke, adversely affect visibility or traction.”

The big question is therefore whether the truck driver exercised “extreme caution” as he or she was driving this stretch of the highway. Extreme caution in this circumstance could very well have required the driver to reduce speed and maintain a greater distance between the semi and Taylor’s small passenger car so as to facilitate a stop or evasive action should vehicles slide out or collide in front of the driver.

Another issue is whether the driver was driving while fatigued or was somehow distracted before this crash occurred. Driver’s logs can help show where the driver had been and his sleep history. These logs, however, are kept for only 6 months before they are destroyed. If the driver was texting, cell phone records could also show the text messaging history.

I would recommend that the victims and their family of this tragic semi truck accident act quickly to retain an experienced Utah truck accident attorney to preserve all evidence that could be used in exploring and making a claim against the trucking company.

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.

Two Sisters Killed in St. George, Utah Traffic Accident

Karen Gummow and Lla Jean Moore were killed during an accident in St. George, Utah on Wednesday, March 10, 2010. The fatal St. George accident happened just before 1 p.m. near 900 S. River Road. According to KSL news, a Utah Highway Patrol trooper was responding to an accident on Interstate 15 and traveling on north on River Road. Reports indicate the trooper had his emergency lights and sirens on. Another vehicle, occupied by a 71-year-old Karen Gummow, and her 75-year-old sister, Lla Jean Moore, attempted to make a left turn in front of the patrol car. The two vehicles collided killing the two woman on impact. “He was using his emergency lights and sirens, so he would have been traveling at a high rate of speed. What exactly that speed is, we don’t know,” said St. George police Lt. James Van Fleet.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

What a tragic accident. The sisters lived together just a few blocks from the site of the accident. My thoughts and prayers are truly with the family of these two women as they are given word of the passing of their loved one. I wish the best for the officer and he recovers.

In reviewing the comments to this story, I noticed that most were taken with how fast the officer had to have been going at the time of the crash. After looking at the severe damage to the two women’s car, I would have to agree. This raises the question of whether this officer was driving too fast for conditions in this area. Yes, officers are allowed to pursue suspects, but the suspect in this case was apparently miles away — and not directly in front of this officer. The need to apprehend a suspect must always give deference to the safety and well being of motorists that a police officer shares the road with.

I was glad to hear that this crash is being investigated. Key information will be the dash camera. The camera not only records the visual in front of the police car, but also monitors the speed the patrol car is traveling at. It also records conversation and other sounds inside the patrol car’s cabin. It will show whether the officer took any evasive action just prior to impact, such as braking, horn/siren noises, etc. It will also show if the patrol car’s emergency lights and/or siren was on at the time.

The speed limit on the street this St. George accident happened on was 40 miles per hour. Even though this is a heavily-used road, I doubt these women would have reasonably anticipated or appreciated that a police car could come barreling down the road at such a high rate of speed. If the woman did turn left in front of the officer, it may have been that she did not appreciate or understand that the patrol car was traveling so fast.

I would recommend that the family of these two sisters contact an experienced Utah personal injury and accident attorney to help them get to the bottom of why this accident really happened in the first place. Hopefully, such an accident will never happen in St. George again.

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.