Illegal Street Race Kills One in Millcreek, Utah

Motorcyclist, Deloss Garrett Dahle was killed while attempting to race another car in the Millcreek, Utah area. Deputies saw the bullet bike and a Corvette driving at an “extremely high rate of speed” at around 2 in the morning on June 6, 2010. The motorcycle collided with another car near 3900 South and 3350 East. The driver of a Toyota Camry, a 19-year-old woman, pulled into the intersection to turn and the motorcycle and the Camry collided. Dahle was thrown about 30 feet into the roadway where he died. The driver of the Camry was treated for minor injuries at the hospital.

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

Reports given by the Salt Lake Tribune state that deputies were trying to catch up with the race when the accident happened. This gives some type of perspective as to how fast the two were traveling. Each, year illegal street racing claims the lives of so many. We often think of street racing as a contest between at least two vehicles, but the definition states that it is a contest of speed on an open public road which can involve one of more vehicles. If convicted of street racing, you can face a prison sentence of up to three months and a fine up to $1,000. In this tragic accident, the driver of the Corvette knew Mr. Dahle. If he is found guilty of street racing, he might face substantial prison time because the accident resulted in a fatality.

Ron Kramer is a Utah motorcycle accident attorney with offices in Bountiful, Provo, and Draper 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 motorcycle accident attorney.

West Valley City, Utah Car Accident Slows Traffic on Bangerter Highway

West Valley City, Utah police are reported a three-vehicle accident that closed down several lanes on Bangerter Highway in West Valley City, Utah on June 4, 2010. According to police Capt. Tom McLachlan, three people had to be transported to the hospital as a result of the crash that happened at 1:19 p.m. The accident happened when the driver of one of the cars crashed into the back of two other cars stopped at a red light. The woman driving the first car and a passenger in her vehicle sustained bumps and bruises and possible broken bones. An elderly man who was driving one of the other two cars, did not suffer any visible injuries but was dizzy and confused at the scene. He was transported to the hospital as a precaution.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, all the eastbound lanes and two of the northbound lanes near 4100 South were closed until debris could be cleared.

The driver of the first vehicle was cited for improper lookout. I wonder what caused this Utah vehicle accident? Was the driver texting or talking on her phone? It takes only a fraction of a second to lose sight of the road and cause a serious accident. Fortunately, it appears all parties will make a full recovery and their injuries were not severe. Regardless of the cause, the first driver’s insurance is responsible for the medical bills and lost wages of those whom she hit as well as the passenger in her car. I recommend that the injured parties contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help them file the necessary claims.

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.

Jury Finds Dell Schanze Guilty of Reckless Driving

Super Dell Schanze is in the news again following a jury verdict announced June 7, 2010. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Schanze was found guilty by a 4th District Court jury of reckless driving, a class-B misdemeanor and a seat belt violation, an infraction. The jury deliberated less than one hour. The judge, Thomas Low, sentenced Schanze to 10 days in jail and a fine of $670. Schanze has already served 8 days related to this crash, so perhaps he’ll get credit for time served.

This all stemmed from an incident on August 18, 2008, when Schanze was driving in Saratoga Springs with his two daughters in a rental car. According to reports, he was rocking his car back and forth as he traveled toward a peace officer on Redwood Road. This caused the peace officer to run off the road to avoid being hit. The peace officer then turned around and pulled Schanze over, citing him. He was cited for reckless driving and a seatbelt violation, which stemmed from having his two daughters strapped into the front seat in one seatbelt. He later testified that he rocked the car to “entertain” his two girls.

After the jury’s verdict, Schanze stated: “We just showed that the justice system is screwed up.” “The whole thing has been a farce.”

What is screwed up in this case is a person who refuses to drive safely and take responsibility for their actions. Although he apparently wanted a “free pass,” I’m glad that this jury held him accountable and said by their verdict that they were going to enforce Utah’s safety rules so as to protect the community from possible future violations by Schanze and other motorists who may wish to flaunt the rules.

As for putting two children in a seatbelt: shame on Schanze. If his car rolled or was hit, the girls very likely could have been ejected or their skulls could have violently struck together causing serious brain injuries. Justice was served in this case.

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.

Unitah County Crash Takes Life of Indian Affairs Officer

Joshua Yazzie, 33 years old, is dead following a crash near the Bottle Hollow Reservoir on the Ute Indian Reservation in Uintah County, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Mr. Yazzie, a federal law enforcement officer, was driving near a steep drop off, about a mile south of U.S. Highway 40 and 4 miles east of Roosevelt, Utah, when he lost control and his vehicle dropped over 200 feet down the embankment around 6:15 p.m. on June 7, 2010. Mr. Yazzie was in this particular area on a call to help emergency personnel who were dealing with a violent intoxicated person, according to the report. He was pronounced dead at the scene after having been ejected from his truck. He left behind his wife and two children. Joshua Yazzie was said not to have been wearing a seat belt at the time, although it is likely that even if he had, he would not have survived the 200 foot drop.

I send my sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Yazzie as they deal with this terrible loss. His children are young and no doubt will have a very difficult time dealing with their father’s untimely death. They will be in my prayers.

As a Utah personal injury attorney, I had questions after reading this story, such as: Was there a mechanical suspension failure that led to this crash? Was their some sort of distraction? Was there a problem with the road that contributed to the crash? Was he well rested or had he been working a long shift? Was there another vehicle involved that caused Yazzie to drive as he did? Why wasn’t he wearing his seat belt? Answers to these questions won’t, of course, bring back Joshua Yazzie, but they can help eliminate other possible causes of this tragic crash.

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.