Utah Snow Storm Causes One Death and Injures Four Others

A recent spring snowstorm that caused many traffic accidents proved that winter has not quite left us and motorists must still be cautious during inclement weather. The first Utah auto accident happened on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at around 6:30 a.m. on Interstate 80 in Parley’s Canyon just before the Lamb’s Canyon exit. Utah Highway Patrol Troopers say a white Honda Accord was traveling east when the driver suddenly crossed the barrier into westbound traffic. A black Nissan Sentra was traveling in the westbound lane at the same time the Honda crossed the center barrier. The white Honda vaulted over barrier and landed on top of the black Sentra on the driver’s side. The Honda then rolled off the Nissan ejecting one of the two people inside the vehicle. According to KSL news, the driver and the passenger in the Accord were taken to University Medical Center in serious condition. The driver of the Nissan was taken to Intermountain Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

The second crash happened just an hour later on state Road 32 in Peoa, Utah. Troopers report that the 28-year-old driver of a 1985 brown Oldsmobile was traveling too fast on the snowy roads and lost control of his vehicle causing him to swerve into oncoming traffic. The vehicle hit a 2000 Toyota Tundra that was traveling south. The driver of the Oldsmobile was not wearing a seatbelt and his car, being an older model, did not have any airbags. The driver died at the scene. The driver of the Tundra was taken to IMC with minor injuries.

I offer my sincerest condolences to the family of the driver of the Oldsmobile that passed away. I also wish the very best for the all the parties injured today in these horrible accidents. I hope they are able to make a speedy recovery.

With respect to the first accident in Parley’s Canyon. It seems as though the severity of the injuries would exhaust the policy limits on a standard, Utah insurance policy. The minimum insurance coverage allowed in Utah is $25,000 per person and $65,000 per accident. Unfortunately, in serious accidents such as this, it often will not cover the high cost of medical bills and recovery therapy. The driver injured in the black Sentra may need to tap into his/her under-insured motorist policy to be able to cover the medical bills associated with this accident. They would do well contacting an experienced Utah personal injury attorney who can assist them with this 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 car accident attorney.

Traumatic Brain Injury Common in War Vets

Traumatic brain injuries, according to Utah’s KSL News, is more of a common injury than we might think. The common mechanism is being too close to a single explosion or to a series of explosions that occur over time. Up to one fifth of veterans are said to suffer from brain injury related to their military service.

Some symptoms of traumatic brain injury, or TBI as it is called, are:

  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Cognitive function deficits
  • Memory problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Balance problems

The Salt Lake City Utah George E. Wahlen VA Medical exists to help Veterans who have experience service-related injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. “I think depression was a big part of it trying to cope with the new way my brain works now.

The KSL story concludes by saying: “in the vast majority of cases, individuals who sustain a mild traumatic brain injury will completely recover in a matter of weeks to months.”

Based on my experience with those who have experienced brain injuries, I know that this is not accurate. While individuals do improve up to about 12-18 months following their brain injury, most who have experienced a serious brain injury will continue to have symptoms 18 months after their injury. I wish the majority of brain injury patients healed that quickly and permanently. But they don’t. That’s why I think it’s critical that the VA provide continued services for Vets who experience brain injuries during military service, and not just provide treatment or services for only a few months past their brain injury date.

For more, accurate information about the effects of brain injury, contact the Brain Injury Association of Utah. http://www.biau.org

Ron Kramer is a Utah brain injury attorney who assists brain injury victims who have been injured by another’s negligence or carelessness. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation.

St. George Motorcycle Accident Takes Man’s Life

A man, Steven Sabatini, is dead following a motorcycle accident in St. George, Utah, on April 17, 2010. According to KSL News, Steven Sabatini, 33 years old, and his wife Yvonne Bonhard, 24 years old, were riding together on a motorcycle that Sabatini had recently purchased. The two were said to have been speeding down East Ridge Drive around 9:30 p.m. when Sabatini approached a curve in the road. Because of the sharp turn, he was unable to slow down, and the motorcycle continued to go straight, off the road, colliding at high velocity into a parked truck. The resulting crash left Sabatini with a severe head injury. He was taken to a local hospital, but sadly, perished there shortly thereafter. His wife, Yvonne, was flown to the hospital in critical condition. Unfortunately, none of them were wearing a helmet. The two had married only one month earlier. Police suspect that Steven may have had alcohol in his system at the time of this motorcycle crash.

My condolences go out to the family of Steven for this tragic loss. I can’t help but think, though, that if he had a helmet on, that he very well would be alive right now. An exposed head striking a stationary object at high speed can inflict unrecoverable, severe damage to a person’s brain.

Legally speaking, Steven’s widow could have a claim against her husband’s estate. Although he was said not to have had insurance, if he had recently acquired the bike, it may fall under the 15 to 30 day window that an existing auto policy may have to add another vehicle, unless that policy excludes motorcycle additions. If she had her own policy, then she should look to either the uninsured or under-insured component, depending on the status of insurance covering the motorcycle. I would recommend that she or her family contact an experienced Utah motorcycle accident attorney for assistance in reviewing what remedies may be available to her.

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 St. George, Utah personal injury law firm. Do not act based on the above information without getting a consultation. The best personal injury attorneys 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.

Guilty Plea in Fatal Salt Lake City Bicycle Accident

We reported last year of the tragic auto-bicycle accident occurring at State St. and 3900 South in South Salt Lake City that took the life of 48-year old Gregory Allen Hayes. One year later, the person accused of running a red light and striking him, Otto Telesa Sua, 52 years old, has plead guilty to negligence homicide. As part of the plea deal, the class A misdemeanor charge has been reduced to a class B charge.

Sua has confessed that he was driving while sleep deprived and fatigued, having had only one hour of sleep at the time he fell asleep at the wheel and hit Haye’s bike. Sua now faces the prospect of being deported since it has been revealed that he is in this country illegally.

Ron Kramer is a Utah bicycle accident attorney serving clients in Salt Lake County, Utah, Weber, Davis Counties as well as all Utah communities statewide. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation.

Sandy Woman Dead After Crash on Slick Highway

A three-car crash on Interstate 15 in Sandy, Utah took the life of 37-year-old Carolina Cross of Riverton, Utah. This fatal Utah auto accident took place on Monday April 13, 2010 in Sandy, Utah. KSL news reports the woman’s husband was driving north around 9200 South at 65-70 m.p.h when he lost control of their green Chevy Cavalier. The Cavalier hit a car and a pickup truck as it spun across the lanes and hit a concrete barrier. Carolina Cross was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car and died at the scene. Investigators believe there may have been standing water on freeway making travel at high speeds very dangerous.

My heart goes out to the husband of Carolina Cross. What a tragedy to lose your wife in an accident life this, an accident that could have happened to anyone. I wish all the other parties involved in the accident well.

Because Mrs. Cross was a passenger in the vehicle, her next-of-kin is able to file a Utah wrongful death claim and recover costs for funeral expenses and pain and suffering. They would do well contacting a Utah personal injury attorney who can take care of all things legal during this difficult time.

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.

Motorcycle Accident in Santaquin, Utah caused by Road Debris

A motorcycle carrying a 39-year-old man and a 6-year-old girl struck a recliner chair on April 10, 2010 outside of Santaquin, Utah. According to a report given by KSL news, the chair had fallen off the back of a truck on Interstate 15. The 39-year-old man was riding on I-15 when a recliner fell off the back of a pickup truck. He was unable to avoid the chair and both he and the 6-year-old passenger were thrown from the motorcycle. The man was taken by helicopter to Utah Valley Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. The passenger on the motorcycle suffered minor injuries.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

Utah Highway Patrol Troopers say that crashes like this are completely preventable if people spend a little extra time to ensure their cargo is secured properly. “It just takes a little more time to tie down the load, strap it down correctly, make sure it doesn’t go anywhere, so something like this doesn’t happen,” Nigbur said.

UDOT spends about 1.8 million dollars each year cleaning debris off Utah highways. More importantly, debris on the road causes hundreds of crashes each year. In this case, it appears the motorcyclists could do nothing to avoid the recliner so fault should lie with the driver of the pickup truck. Utah law requires us to secure the cargo we are carrying and any damage caused by such cargo is the responsibility of the carrying party carrying.

I wish the two well as they recover from their injuries. I recommend they contact and experienced Utah motorcycle attorney who will help they obtain fair 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 motorcycle accident attorney.

Box Elder County Semi Truck Crash Injures Man

A man, who may not have been paying attention to the road in front of him, rear ended a semi-truck on April 12, 2010, on the I-15 near Willard in Box Elder County, Utah. According to the Deseret News, the man was driving a Dodge Neon and rear ended the big rig just as the semi was slowing to pull into the Port of Entry. The man was injured enough that he had to be flown by helicopter to the hospital.

From the sound of it, the Neon driver was not keeping an adequate distance and failed to notice this truck stopping. I extend my best wishes to him and wish him 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 truck accident attorney.

Three Injured in School Bus Accident in Box Elder County, Utah

A semitrailer hit a school bus on Wednesday April 7, 2010 in Box Elder County, Utah injuring three school-aged children. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the bus driver was stopped at a stop sign at 2800 West and State Road 13 in Corinne, Utah. The semi truck did not stop in time and bumped the school bus causing some minor damage. There were 21 children on the bus, all the children between 8 and 11 years old. Three of the children complained up minor pain. The children were examined at the scene of the accident and then released to their parents.

The driver of the semi was cited for following too closely reports Box Elder County Chief Deputy Sheriff Kevin Potter.

Fortunately, the accident reported is minor and the injuries were not substantial. I wish all the children well as they recover from their injuries.

Ron Kramer is the owner of Kramer Law Group, with offices in Draper, Provo and Bountiful, Utah.

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.

Four-year-old Killed in Roy, Utah Backover Accident

A 4-year-old boy was killed after being hit by a car on Thursday, April 8, 2010. Standard.net reports the boy was flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center in “extremely critical condition”after a Suzuki SUV backed over him in a fatal Utah backover accident. He was hit in a driveway at around 11 in the morning. Police Chief Greg Winham said the boy’s parents were in the SUV when they backed out of the driveway of their home that is located at 2800 W. and 5725 South in Roy, Utah.

My heart goes out to these parents in this tragic accident. I offer them my prayers as the mourn the loss of their young son.

Utah Back Over Statistics

Between 1997 and 2003, more than 20 Utah children have been killed and more than 400 seriously injured by back overs. Intermountain healthcare has launched a program called “Spot the Tot”. They offer these prevention steps:

  • Before driving, check the street, driveway and area around your vehicle.
  • Drivers of SUVs and trucks should be extra careful.
  • Children should be taught not to play in, under or around vehicles.
  • Supervise children when a driver is leaving the home.
  • Adjust the driver’s seat as high as needed to see clearly out the rear window.
  • Roll down windows to hear children.
  • Adjust side and rear mirrors to reduce blind spots.

Remember that children under 5 are at most risk for these types of accidents. And high-profile vehicles like SUVs and vans have the largest blind spot and are therefor prone to back-over accidents.

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.