Weber County Head-On Collision Claims Lives of Five Youths

Timothy Arguello, 19, Todd Salazar, 22, Fealina Espinoza, 16, Vanessa Reyez, 19 and Karley Jack, 18, tragically perished in a Weber County head-on collision occurring on June 26, 2010. According to KSL News, this group of five persons were returning from a camping trip and were driving down the canyon on state Route 39. They were in a Honda Accord and were following another car, a Volkswagen, that had family and friends in it, going westbound near the entrance to South Fork Canyon and 10500 East, around 7:40 a.m.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

According to reports, the driver, Arguello, attempted to pass the other car with his friends in it on a blind curve, in an area marked as a no-passing zone. Unbeknownst to Arguello, however, was the existence of a large, one-ton Ford F-350 coming in the opposite direction. This fatal Utah car accident occurred when the two vehicles hit directly head on, with the apparently lifted truck actually going over the top of the Accord and into the passenger compartment. According to the story, all five perished upon impact. Although none of the five were said to be wearing seat belts, I doubt that seat belts in this situation would have saved any of them.

I send my deepest condolences to the families of these lost youth. I will certainly keep them in my prayers. Such a tragic way to go out of this life. I also send my sympathies to the driver and passenger of the Ford truck, who consisted of a husband and wife and a small child in a car seat. Although they were said to have received only minor injuries, the lasting injury for them will be psychological for the part their vehicle played in this terrible crash. This accident, and its aftermath, will be one they will never forget.

Legally speaking, passing in a no-passing zone on a twisty canyon road can never bring good consequences. This accident graphically shows the fatal repercussions for violating such an important safety rule–especially when the duel occurs between a 3,000 pound passenger car and a 7,000 pound plus one-ton pickup truck. I hope that others out there can take a lesson from this accident and if tempted to pass in a no-passing area, will reconsider in the interest of their safety, their passenger’s safety, and the safety of the community.

The victims in the Honda have a claim against the insurance company for Mr. Arguello. There is also a death benefit available on his policy (assuming he had car insurance) for those who lost their lives in this crash. Underinsured coverage may also be available if they had their own Utah car insurance policy or if they lived in a household where someone else had car insurance. It is likely, in this circumstance, however, that the amount of available insurance money will not be near enough to take care of these claims.

In writing this, and in looking at the pictures, I can’t help but wonder if the driver of the Volkswagen, if he or she knew they were being passed, made it more difficult for Arguello to complete this unsafe passing maneuver. Was there some sort of speed contest going on? It appears that there could have been a legal passing lane for a span before this blind curve came up where the crash happened. In other words, did that other driver accelerate to keep from being passed by Arguello so as to keep his or her position in front of him? If this is the case, then that driver potentially contributed to this crash and/or made it more severe than it needed to have been.

Those injured in the Ford truck also have a claim as well against Mr. Arguello. Given that the policy will be burdened with four wrongful death claims, they may need to tap into their “underinsured” policy to cover their bodily injury and mental anguish claims.

I would recommend that those families affected by this tragic crash contact an experienced Utah wrongful death attorney and a Utah personal injury attorney to discuss possible remedies that may be available to them.

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.

Naked Kearns, Utah Woman Causes Car Accident

Sylvina Beagley of Kearns, Utah, is behind bars following an unusual multi-car chase which she carried out while being stark naked on June 22, 2010. According to KSL News, after Ms. Beagley pulled over next to a man who had been posting business signs, she quickly hopped into the driver’s seat and proceeded to take possession of his car. Subsequently, the man called 911 and the police eventfully caught up with her, but not until after she crashed the vehicle on ATK property. When the police arrived, they attempted to apprehend her, but she literally gave them “the slip.” A police spokesman stated: “She did have blood on her body from the initial crash. She was hot and sweaty, dirty, and very slippery. She managed to escape the grasp of the two officers,” McLachlan said.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

Following her escape from the police officers, she succeeded in getting into and driving off in one of the officer’s squad cars. She didn’t get very far, however, and lost control of the car after she hit a bump and clearing 50 feet of air. After this second crash, she jumped out of the vehicle and tried to climb a barbed wire fence. The police, who had caught up to her at that point, finally subdued her by using a Taser on her. Sylvina Beagley is now in police custody and is set to receive a mental health evaluation.

Luckily, in all of this, no other person besides Ms. Beagley was hurt. Her situation, however, sounds oddly reminiscent of that of Brian Cardall, who also was naked and was also tased by police last June 9, 2009. Cardall was suspected to have not taken his medication for his bipolar disorder and was confrontational with the police, who tased him twice, causing his death. In this case, Ms. Beagley’s Facebook page (which has since been taken down) showed that she suffered the same mental illness and that she was bipolar.

I usually don’t help justify lawless activity by those who cause motor vehicle accidents of the type caused by Ms. Beagley. (I usually bring legal claims against those that do.) However, in this case, I suspect that Ms. Beagley was not in the right frame of mind when all of these events went down. Maybe she was off her medications at the time. Maybe her doctor had recently changed them on her and and she was on a trial for different meds. Maybe she was experiencing a nasty side-effect of one of the medications she was taking. In short, I suspect that the answer to why she behaved the way she did is more related to pharmaceuticals than an intention to cause mayhem, commit criminal acts, or shock the public by running around naked.

I wish her family the best as they help her through this embarrassing and concerning chapter in her life. I hope she gets all the help she needs.

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 Motorcycle Accident Injures One

A crash in West Jordan, Utah on June 23, 2010, injured one woman who had to swerve to try to avoid a truck. The woman was riding on a scooter on Wednesday at around 8 a.m. at 8250 S. Jaguar Drive when the driver of a truck failed to yield to her right of way. The woman’s brakes locked causing her to slide under the truck. Police are saying that the woman is very lucky to be alive because the scooter might have actually stopped the truck from running her over. The scooter lodged under one of the truck’s wheels stopping the truck from running over the woman. The woman was flown to the hospital as a precaution. KSL news reports that the driver of the truck was cited for failure to yield.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

I wish this woman a very speedy recovery and sincerely hope her injuries are not serious.

This woman has a claim against the insurance of this truck. I see that she was life flighted to the hospital which means the cost of her medical bills are already quite high. That flight does not come cheap and that coupled with her stay at the hospital will amount to thousands of dollars in medical bills, not to mention the costs of any future treatment she may require. The driver of the truck was cited and his/her insurance is therefore liable to cover the costs of this woman’s medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. I recommend that she contact an experienced Utah motorcycle attorney who can assist her with this claim.

Ron Kramer is a Salt Lake City, Utah personal injury attorney who specializes in auto accident, slip and falls, motorcycle accidents and pedestrian 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 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.

Payson Boy Dies Following Car Repair

Jordan Peterson, 11, has passed away following injuries sustained when the car he was working on with his brother fell on top of him during repairs. This accident happened on June 19, 2010 in Payson, Utah. Payson police say Jordan was under the vehicle helping his 16-year-old brother when it fell off a jack and pinned him to the ground. His brother, who was not under the car when it fell, along with some others were able to jack the car back up to free Jordan but he suffered serious injuries to his chest and head. He was taken to Mountain View Hospital and then flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center where he passed away, reports KSL news.

I offer my sincerest condolences to the family of young Jordan Peterson.

Legally speaking, these facts might allow a claim on the auto insurance policy of the father. This is so since the injury involved the vehicle that may or may not have had an auto policy on it. I would advise the family to speak with an experienced Utah personal injury attorney on what options might be available in this sad situation

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.

Boy Injured in Hit-and-Run Auto Accident

A seven-year-old boy remained in critical but stable condition after he was hit in a hit-and-run crash near Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. This Salt Lake City accident happened on June 21, 2010 on 500 East at 1035 South. According to a report given by the Salt Lake Tribune, the boy was riding his bicycle closely behind his mother at around 6 p.m. in a crosswalk on 500 East when a vehicle hit him head-on and then fled the scene. The vehicle is described as a black pickup truck with a shell, or possible a black SUV.

Police have not made any arrests and have few leads. If you have any information, please call the Salt Lake police department at 801-799-3000.

What a sad situation and I hope for the very best for this young boy. I wish him a quick recovery. I also hope they are able to find the party responsible to hold he/she accountable.

Why Do Drivers Hit and Run?

Drivers decide to hit-and-run for several reasons. In my experience, there are a few main causes. First, they may be driving impaired and if they were forced to take a field sobriety test they would test positive at the accident scene. Unfortunately, in Utah the law is somewhat backwards. The penalty for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is more harsh than the penalty for drivers who flee the scene then turn themselves in the next day when they are sober. Statistics show that 39% of hit-and-run accidents involve an impaired driver. The second reason drivers may hit-and-run is some type of licensing issue. They may be a unlicensed driver, have an uninsured vehicle, or be an illegal immigrant. Finally, a hit-and-run driver might be scared that they will be held accountable for their driving tactics, i.e aggressive driving, street racing, road rage.

In this case the driver was clearly at fault, having hit the young boy in the middle of the crosswalk. Any number of the aforementioned reasons may have contributed to the driver’s decision to flee the scene. I only hope they are able to find the guilty party so the young boy’s family will not be left with the thousands of dollars of medical bills that will come as a result of this accident.

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.

Two Injured in Utah Rollover Accident

Two people are in serious condition after their SUV slammed into a cement wall on Interstate 15 in Midvale, Utah on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. According to a report by KSL news, a man and a woman were in a Ford Bronco headed north on Interstate 15 when their SUV drifted into another lane and clipped a pickup truck. The collision sent the Bronco into a spin, it then hit the wall and rolled several times. The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. near 7200 South. Troopers are still investigating this accident but suspect the wet road factored into the crash. Fortunately, the man and woman are expected to survive this wreck.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

I wish both parties involved a very speedy recovery.

Water-Related Accident Statistics

On average, there are over 6,400,000 car crashes each year. One quarter of those crashes are considered weather-related. Nearly 7,400 people are killed and 673,000 people are injured in weather-related crashes. Seventy-five percent of all weather-related crashes are caused by wet pavement from rain, snow and ice. During times of inclement weather, slowing our speed and increasing the our distance behind the vehicle in front of us help to combat the dangerous driving conditions.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury attorney with offices in Provo, Draper 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 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.

Rollover Crash Claims Life of Woman

Twelve-year-old Cory Arnett’s heroics helped save the life of three children during a car accident in New Harmony, Utah on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. Sadly, the accident claimed the life of 23-year-old New Harmony, Utah resident, Beth Donnelly. Cory was out on a midday drive with his neighbor Beth, and three children, on a poorly-maintained dirt road. Beth was driving the 2003 Ford Explorer on Pace Canyon Road with her 2-year-old daughter, Belin, another 2-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy whom she was babysitting. “I put on my seat belt and the next thing I knew we careened off the road and flipped, landing in the river bottom,” Cory said. Cory blacked out for a brief time and woke up to hear the three kids screaming, and to see the driver laying outside the car. “There was a 3-year-old boy wedged between the dashboard and windshield. I grabbed him and put him out on the bank and then got the others out one at a time.”

Cory said that the driver, Donnelly was face down, he turned her over and saw she was bleeding heavily and not responding. He then helped the young boy up the 15-foot embankment by pushing him from behind. He went back down to the car and brought one of the girls up the embankment while the other clung to his leg. Donelly’s daughter was screaming for her mom, but Cory knew he couldn’t let her see her mom. Cory then left he kids in the shade so he could make a two-mile trek into town to call for help. In route, he spotted a woman on an ATV who happened to be a nurse. She called paramedics from Cedar City, Utah then returned to the accident scene to help the children. Thankfully, all the children were released after being checked at a local hospital. Paramedics pronounced Ms. Donnelly dead at the scene.

Members in the community have shown great support for the family of Ms. Donnelly and they continue to praise the actions of young Cory. Beth’s husband Jesse Donnelly, is thankful for Cory’s calm and heroic actions during the horrific accident. Jesse suspects his wife might have just turned her head back to see the children for a split second and veered off the road. “She would do anything for anybody anytime,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for a better mom.”

Washington County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Robert Torsigni said it appears Donnelly was traveling too fast to navigate around the curve. The vehicle spun and went down the hillside backward, flipping end over end reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

My heart goes out to the Donnelly family and I offer my condolences during this difficult time. The actions of this young boy are pretty inspiring and how fortunate he was able to bring the children to safety. Each passenger in the vehicle is entitled to $3,000 personal injury protection (P.I.P) money. This is claimed through the insurance of the Ford Explorer. The report indicates the injuries were minor so I’m guessing the $3,000 should be sufficient to cover the paramedic’s bill and any hospital bills associated with the claim. It is not, however, uncommon to have accident-related injuries flare up days after the accident. Sometimes bruising, soreness and swelling are proven to much to handle without medical treatment. In this case, the children may need additional medical care and if these costs exceed the $3,000, they would do well to contact a Utah personal injury attorney who can help file the claim with the insurance company.

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.

Utah Oil Rig Accident Takes Man’s Life

Alan J. Eichelberger of Hansen, Utah was killed in work-related accident on an oil rig in Utah on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Uintah County sheriff and occupational safety and health investigators are investigating the accident, and so far few details are known. Mr. Eichelberger was wearing a hard hat, but was fatally injured when he was hit on the head by drilling equipment shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday. He was pronounced dead on the scene, reports KSL news.

I offer my condolences to the family of Mr. Eichelberger. Since this accident appeared to have happened while Mr. Eichelberger was on the job, then the family has a death claim against the workers compensation policy his employer carried for him. I would be interested, however, to know if anyone besides potentially himself or a co-worker contributed to this accident. This could then be considered a “third-party” liability issue that would allow a much greater range of compensation for Mr. Eichelberger’s family. I would recommend that the family consult with an experienced Utah personal injury attorney to explore the options and potential claims that could be made following this tragic death. The fact that there is an investigation going on tells me that there may be some issues that might implicate other third-parties in this incident.

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 wrongful death attorney.

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Herriman, Utah Woman Killed in Alcohol-Related Accident

Karilyn Oborn was killed Thursday evening, June 10, 2010, in a single-car motor vehicle accident in Provo Canyon, Utah. According to the Deseret News, Oborn was driving west in Provo Canyon around 11:30 p.m. when she drifted to the left of the road. At that point, it appears she quickly overcorrected, causing the car to hit a cement barrier and then roll several times, landing on its hood.

A passenger in Oborn’s car was able to get out and other motorists who arrived on the scene helped to remove Oborn from the car, who, sadly, died at the scene. Oborn’s passenger was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in critical condition with multiple broken bones and lacerations. Thankfully, she is expected to survive. This Utah accident is still being investigated with police saying that they believe that the driver had alcohol in her system.

I send my condolences to the family of Karilyn Oborn for her tragic death. I also send my best wishes to her passenger for a speedy recovery.

As we have all heard in the past, alcohol and driving just do not mix. Although drunk driving is now said to be possibly safer than texting while driving, it is still considered under Utah law to be reckless to do so. Meanwhile, the passenger in this unfortunate accident has a claim on the driver for her serious injuries. If she had her own insurance or lived in a household where there was car insurance, she may also have an “under-insured” insurance claim as well.

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.