Fatal Utah Pedestrian Accident Takes Life of Utah Man

Cody Hadley, 25 years old from West Haven, Utah, is now dead following a fatal Utah pedestrian accident, on May 28, 2010, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. According to the story, the man was hit by a Dodge Dakota pickup truck around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning as he walked along the side of the road in West Haven, Utah. Hadley was said to be wearing dark clothes at the time and is said to have been walking partially in the southbound lane of 3500 West at the time of this Utah pedestrian accident. Police say that there were no streetlights in the vicinity and that the driver just didn’t see him in time. No citations were issued to the motorist.

I first want to send my sincere condolences and prayers to the family of Cody Hadley.

Next, as a Utah accident lawyer, there remain, for me, questions that need to be answered. Some of these questions include: Was Cody Hadley really walking in the road? Was he walking with or against traffic? What does the investigation show regarding footprints that might have been visible in the dirt or road? Why was Cody out this early in the morning? And why was the motorist out this early in the morning? Was this motorist distracted by something in his or her car? How much light was there to illuminate this pedestrian? Were the street lights malfunctioning? And was alcohol or other controlled substances involved?

To answer these questions, I would recommend that the family contact an experienced Utah wrongful death attorney to find answers to these and other questions.

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.

Mount Pleasant Utah Man Killed in Rollover Accident

Roy Wesley Walker, a 73-year-old man, from Mount Pleasant, Utah was killed on May 23, 2010 in a Utah rollover accident that happened in Sanpete County, Utah. According to reports provided by the Deseret News, Walker was driving northbound on US 89 near Fairview, Utah when his 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck drifted off the road. Walker overcorrected, his truck rolled and he was ejected. Walker was the only occupant in the vehicle and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

My condolences to the family of Mr. Walker. I offer them my sincerest thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Rollover Accident Statistics

Most SUV’s are likely to roll over in one of every four accidents. For most passenger vehicles, the chance of a rollover during an accident is less than 10%. SUVS and pickups have the highest risk of rollovers. Obviously, the likelihood of death in rollover accident decreases dramatically when the victim is wearing a seatbelt.

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

One Man Killed in Fatal Accident in Parleys Canyon

Michael Allen Park, 74, was killed after being hit by a FedEx truck coming down Parleys Canyon on Friday, May 21, 2010. This fatal Utah auto accident happened at around 6:20 p.m. near 8630 East on Interstate 80 just east of Lambs Canyon, Utah. The FedEx truck was traveling down Parleys Canyon and crossed the median into eastbound traffic and hit Mr. Park’s truck head-on. Park died on the scene. The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting, that the Park was the only occupant in his vehicle and the FedEx truck and a passenger suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital.

Contact an Experienced Utah Wrongful Death Attorney

What a tragic loss for the family of Mr. Park. I offer them my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. The estate of Mr. Park can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of Michael. I advice them to have caution when dealing with a matter like this. The insurance may try to pressure them to make decisions immediately by having you sign paperwork or even accept a final offer. An experienced Utah wrongful death attorney can help the family of Mr. Park receive a fair settlement and explore all the legal avenues available.

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

Multi-vehicle Salt Lake City, Utah Auto Accident

A multi-vehicle accident involving two cars and two semi-trucks closed down a major freeway for the Thursday, May 20, 2010 commute. This multi-vehicle Salt Lake City, Utah car accident happened around 8 a.m. on Interstate 15 near 2700 South. Both semis were hauling double trailers, one for UPS and the other for a gravel company. The UPS truck’s rear trailer rolled, while one of the passenger cars ended up pinned under the front trailer of the semi. This crash started a chain reaction for the other vehicles that followed.

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that the driver of the first truck and the driver of one of the passenger vehicles were transported to the hospital by ambulance. The driver of the second truck and the other passenger vehicles were able to escape injury.

I wish all parties well who were involved in this crash.

The injured parties would do well contacting a Salt Lake City, Utah personal injury attorney. Reports say that the gravel company truck driver and the one of the passenger vehicle drivers did not need to go to the hospital. Often, it takes a few days to feel the effects from an accident. It is better to go to a doctor who can perform an X-Ray or order an MRI to make sure there are no lasting injuries from the accident. An experienced Salt Lake attorney can help these parties receive a fair value for the property damage on their vehicles and get them compensation for their accident-related injuries.

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

Crash near Tremonton, Utah Kills Mother and Injures her Three Children

Lindy Jai Lane Ross, 23, from Meeker, Colorado died in a car crash near Tremonton, Utah on Wednesday, May 20, 2010. Her three children survived this tragic Utah auto accident. The crashed happened around 2:45 p.m. on Interstate 84. Ross was traveling west when she lost control of her Toyota pickup. The vehicle overturned and Ross, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died from her injuries. All three of her children were wearing seatbelts and suffered only bumps and bruises, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Investigators are still investigating the cause of the crash.

My heart goes out to the family of Ms. Ross. I can only imagine the heartache of those children who lost their mother. I offer them my sincerest thoughts and prayers.

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 Postal Workers see an Increase in Dog Bites

The U.S. Postal Service is reporting an increase in dog attacks on mail carriers all throughout Utah. A total of 41 mail carriers were bit last year, including one attack where the mailman said he feared for his life. A pitbull attacked Mr. Frye last year in a neighborhood in Cottonwood Heights. According to a report by KSL news, the dog came out of nowhere and knocked Mr. Frye to the ground, he didn’t have a chance to grab his pepper spray. Fortunately, Mr. Frye’s supervisor, Karl Lopez, was on the route with him that day and was able to get the dog off. This marked Frye’s third time being bit by a dog in his 15 years working at the USPS.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

The postal service is not sure why attacks have increased but they say many of the 41 attacks could have been prevented. They offer these tips:

  • Obedience training can teach dogs’ proper behavior and help owners control their dogs.
  • When a carrier comes to your home, keep your dog inside, away from the door in another room.
  • Don’t let your child take mail from the letter carrier in the presence of your dog. Your dog’s instinct is to protect the family.
  • Spay or neuter your dog. Neutered dogs are less likely to bite. Humane Society statistics show that dogs that have not been spayed or neutered are up to three times more likely to bite.
  • Dogs that receive little attention or handling, or are left tied up for long periods of time frequently turn into biters.

It Utah, dog owners are strictly liable for the injuries caused by their dog – it doesn’t matter if the bite is the dogs first offense. The problem with many dog bites is not the physical wound but the infection the may set in days after the bite. The dog bite clients I have represented often spend thousands of dollars going to a wound care facility to treat the infection.

Ron Kramer is a Salt Lake City dog bite attorney with offices in Bountiful, Draper and Provo, Utah. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation.

Kramer Law Group – Utah Personal Injury Law Firm

Here at the Kramer Law Group, we are absolutely committed to offering the highest-quality legal service. We specialize in personal injury law and have a number of different practice areas including: auto accidents, dog bites, trucking accidents, slip and falls, wrongful death accidents, motorcycle accidents and dog bites.

Ron Kramer, owner of Kramer Law Group, started practicing personal injury law directly out of law school. Since that time, he has built a reputation for getting above-average settlements for his clients. He guarantees to offer each client the individual attention that he or she deserves.

Ron has written a book titled The Utah Accident Book, outlining the 13 mistakes that can kill your Utah accident claim. He offers the book free of charge as a public service. To request a copy, contact his office today at 801-666-3959.

Kramer Law Group operates offices in Bountiful, Draper and Provo Utah.

Utah Motorcycle Accident Death Rate Reduced with Helmet Use

Three motorcyclists are expected to recover from head injuries suffered during a charity bike ride on Sunday, May 16, 2010 in Park City, Utah. The 15th annual Kids Benefit Ride resulted in the crash of three motorcyclists. According to The Utah Highway Patrol and KSL news, nearly 300 motorcycles were traveling in the charity ride and one bike was following too closely and collided with another when it slowed down. None of three riders injured were wearing helmets at the time of the accident. Shriners Hospital is the beneficiary of the event and, although they are very grateful for the funds raised they are working with event organizers to assure the event is safe for all participants.

The Utah Safety Council says Utah riders are 84% more likely to die in a Utah motorcycle accident if they are not wearing a helmet. “Drivers and passengers on motorcycles are virtually unprotected. They’re not protected by 3,000 pounds of steel, as is the case in a motor vehicle,” says Bob Parenti, president of the Utah Safety Council. Except for riders under the age of 18, helmets are still not required under Utah law so many riders choose not to wear them.

Helmets decrease the severity of head injuries and the likelihood of death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that helmets reduce the chance of a motorcycle-related fatality by 37 percent. Those motorcyclists that do not wear helmets often receive traumatic brain injuries when they are in an accident.

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.

Wyoming Man Killed in Utah Rollover Accident

Dean Monasmith,66, of Wyoming was killed in a Utah rollover accident off Interstate 80 in Summit County, Utah on May 11, 2010. Monasmith was driving east on I-80 near the border between Summit and Salt Lake County in a Chevrolet Suburban towing a Dutchman camper. At around 4:15 p.m., the Salt Lake Tribune reports that the trailer began to fishtail. He lost control of the vehicle, which caused the vehicle to whip around and roll into the median. Monasmith was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the Suburban. He was found in the far left lane on the westbound side of the freeway. Authorities took him to University Hospital where he died.

I offer my sincerest thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Mr. Dean Monasmith. I wish them the very best as they attempt to cope with this tragic loss.

Rollover Accident Statistics

Rollover crashes are one of the most significant safety problems for light vehicles especially light trucks like pickups, SUV’s and vans. There are more than 225,000 rollover crashes each year, and nearly 10,000 fatalities per year. This accounts for 29% of all light vehicle fatalities. Vans, SUVS and trucks are in 127% as many rollover crashes as normal passenger vehicles. A vast majority of deaths are caused when either driver of passenger is thrown the vehicle during the rollover accident. Typically those thrown are not wearing a seatbelt.

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.

Accident with Driver’s Ed. Car Kills Utah Woman

Virginia Goodrich, 77 years old of Bear River City, Utah, is dead following a motor vehicle accident with a driver’s ed car, according to the Ogden Standard Examiner. This happened earlier today, May 12, 2010 around 5 p.m. According to the story, a female student from Box Elder School district was driving a 2007 Chevy Impala and made a left-hand turn onto State Road 13 from I-15 at Exit 376. Tragically, the turn was made directly in front of a close-approaching 1994 Buick Century driven by Virginia Goodrich.

Police say Ms. Goodrich was going the speed limit, but was not wearing a seat belt at the time her Buick struck the Chevy on the driver’s door. Emergency responders to the scene found Ms. Goodrich unresponsive and she was declared dead at the Bear River Valley Hospital. The almost-16 year old driver of the Chevy, the driver’s ed instructor, and another student, were also taken to Bear River Hospital for treatment and were treated and released. Once the investigation is complete, the Box Elder County District Attorney’s Office will screen the case for possible charges.

I send my sincere condolences to the family of Virginia Goodrich for what is a completely unnecessary and preventable death. I extend my best wishes to those injured for a speedy recovery.

In situations like this, we often ask what could have been done to prevent this accident from happening, who is to blame, and who should be held accountable for this terrible loss.

First, a basic safety rule that requires left-hand-turning motorists to yield the right-of-way to other motorists, was broken. The day was relatively clear around 5 p.m. Ms. Goodrich was there to be seen and should have been seen by a reasonably attentive and careful driver. This teenage driver, even at 15 years of age, should have seen this approaching car and yielded the right-of-way.

Second, given the student driver’s relative inexperience, the professional driving instructor should have been the second set of eyes surveying the road for approaching hazards. Somehow, what should have been an effective fail safe, failed. I know that driver’s ed cars are equipped with a brake on the passenger side — for situations such as this – where the instructor needs to intervene and stop the car immediately to avoid a collision or danger. It is unknown what the instructor may have seen or done just immediately prior to the crash, but it seems from the story that the instructor was negligent in acting as a prudent and careful instructor should of acted under the circumstances.

If responsibility is to be apportioned, it should be apportioned against both the student driver and the instructor. If the family is considering a claim against the instructor, they should keep in mind that there is a very short statute of limitations of one year to bring a claim against a Utah state entity, such as this school district. Such a claim is brought by filing a Notice of Claim in the manner described under Utah’s governmental immunity statute. The statue of limitations for bringing a claim against the female student if four years.

I would encourage the family to contact an experienced Utah wrongful death attorney to advise of the remedies available to them. Most of these kinds of claims can be resolved with the responsible parties without the need to file anything in court, especially in cases that appear clear like this one.

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.