Salt Lake City Airport Sued by Attorney in Wrongful Death Action

Patricia Jordan of Maryland was hit in an auto-pedestrian accident across from Terminal 2 at the Salt Lake City International Airport on July 22, 2008, while in town for a seminar. Now, her husband has hired a Utah personal injury attorney and has filed a wrongful death suit against the negligent driver and the Salt Lake City International Airport, reports the Deseret News. The lawsuit contends that airport officials ignored an airport employee who had previously warned them of the dangers to pedestrians crossing to the car rental area, which is where Jordan was struck and killed by driver Evelini Kinikini.

According to the story, airport employee Ian Shepherd had sent a letter after the fatal pedestrian accident to airport officials and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker claiming that they had ignored his prior warnings regarding pedestrian safety. Shepherd claimed that they had been warned just six days before this pedestrian accident happened. The wrongful death action asked for damages of at least $500,000 and attorney fees.

If government officials have notice of a dangerous condition, they are required to act on it to remedy the situation and at a minimum, warn others of the hazard. In this case, it sounds like they were adequately warned. The question is whether the complained-of risk should have been seen as sufficiently dangerous to protect against and/or warn the public about. As a Utah wrongful death attorney, I’ll continue to follow this interesting case as it progresses.

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.

Taylorsville Hit and Run Accident Suspect Identified

Vicsayra Maribel Garcia died on July 23, 2010, from injuries caused by a person who hit her as she stood near a curb outside her home in Majestic Oaks near 800 West and 4600 South. The suspect then fled the scene. According to KSL News, Gloria Campos-Campos, 31 years old, is now believed to be that suspect who fled the scene after the hit and run a few days ago. Campos is now being charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and for obstruction of justice. The van that she was believed to have been driving was located earlier in the week. A warrant has been issued for her arrest. Although her last known address was in the Millcreek area, she now is believed to be living in California. Those who know of her whereabouts are asked to call the police at 801-743-7000.

I send my sincere condolences to the family of little Vicsayra for their tragic loss. Hopefully there will be a sense of some accountability with the recent warrant they have issued.

From the sound of the story, the accused came up on the curb to strike this toddler since she was said to have been standing on the curb – and not in the street. Since this hit-and-run happened around 7:30 at night, then lighting should not have been a problem.

I’m not sure why this woman fled the scene. If she hit the child because she was distracted for some reason by her cell phone, text messaging, etc., she should have admitted her fault and accepted the consequences. Same thing if she was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Those consequences, no doubt, would have been much less extreme compared to the consequences that come when you fail to stop after an injury/fatal accident.

The family is now left with a wrongful death claim against the driver of the mini-van and/or her insurance. Their own insurance may and most likely can be tapped in the form of an “underinsured” claim as well.

I would recommend that the family contact an experienced Utah wrongful death attorney who can advise them on what remedies are available in this situation in the aftermath of this senseless tragedy.

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.

Springville Utah High School Football Player Dies in Accident

Brandon Curtis, a football player at Springville High School, in Springville, Utah, passed away from a massive brain injury sustained following a parking lot accident Tuesday, July 27, 2010. According to KSL News, the four high school students had just finished football practice and got into one of the boy’s Jeep. None had seat belts on. The driver then made a very tight turn, over corrected, and lost control of the Jeep, causing it to roll. When the vehicle rolled, the occupants were ejected, including Brandon. Somehow, Brandon Curtis got caught under the Jeep and experienced a major traumatic brain injury. The other students have not been identified but are between 16 to 18 in age. Funeral arrangements are currently pending.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Brandon Curtis. I could tell from the story that he was well liked and lived life to its fullest.

Legally speaking, the family of young Brandon Curtis has a claim against the driver of the Jeep he was in (unless he was the driver). The action of turning tightly in the school parking lot – in a Jeep – was a dangerous maneuver could have been expected to cause injury. This is especially true since it appears the boys in the Jeep were not wearing seat belts.

I would recommend that the family of Brandon Curtis contact an experienced Utah wrongful death attorney regarding the remedies that are available following this tragic 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.

Motorcycle Driver Killed in Price, Utah Accident

Glenn Silvis, 68 years old of Price, Utah, passed away on July 20, 2010, from injuries suffered when he was hit by a reckless driver near Huntington. According to KSL News, this fatal motorcycle accident happened around 11 a.m. when a motorist was driving his Mazda 6 recklessly. As it happened, another motorist had called 911 to report the reckless driving and was on the phone with an operator when the motorist crossed the center line into the southbound lanes on Route 10, and struck the motorcyclist. Police suspect that the motorist was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The crash forced the closure of Route 10, near mile marker 58, for three hours.

I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Glenn Silvis. I will keep them in my prayers.

Driving as this reckless motorist was, is inexcusable. Drivers such as this need to lose their license and be removed from our roads. While this won’t help poor Mr. Silvis, at least it could prevent another fatal crash in the future. I also wonder about whether someone had provided this reckless driver with alcohol or drugs. Under Utah law, that provider could very well be responsible under a Utah Dram Shop claim for the resulting, premature death.

The family of Mr. Silvis are now left with a wrongful death claim against this other driver. Those that can bring such a claim would potentially include the spouse, children and/or parents of Mr. Silvis (if any are applicable). I would expect in this case that there will not be enough insurance on the Mazda. In this case, there could be additional coverage under a “under-insured” policy that may have been on Mr. Silvis’ motorcycle.

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.

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Draper Bicycle Accident Leaves Utah Woman Dead, Attorney To Screen Possible Charges

Elizabeth “Bunny” Bradley, 29 years old, is dead following a tragic auto versus bike accident that occurred July 13, 2010 around 7 a.m. on 900 East Highland Drive in Draper, Utah. According to KSL News, Bradley was biking with a group of 9 other women when a pickup truck crossed the center line and hit another car. This impact took a tire off the truck, causing the pickup driver to lose control and head straight into a group of women cyclists. By reports, the women, including Bradley, were unable to get out of the way. Sadly, Bradley took the brunt of the collision, hitting the truck head-on. After the crash, she was flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Salt Lake City in critical condition and placed on life support. Less than 24 hours later, however, she passed away from her injuries.

Draper police continue to investigate this bike versus vehicle accident and will potentially recommend that the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office bring charges against the at-fault driver.  Both drivers had their blood drawn and the results will be reviewed by Draper police.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Elizabeth Bradley and to those who knew and loved her. It’s clear from the news accounts that she will be sorely missed, especially by her surviving husband and two small children.

The big question that I have is what caused the motorist in the first place to cross over the center line and come over into the opposing lane of traffic? What the driver using their cell phone, text messaging, or were they sleep deprived? While police are calling this a “tragic accident,” it seems from the sound of it, that it was the actions of the pickup driver that caused the chain reaction leading to this auto versus bike crash. A car drifting over the center line is rarely an “accident.” It most always comes from a driver who is negligent in one form or another, probably because they were distracted and took their eyes off the road. Legally speaking, the negligent or reckless driver is responsible civilly for all the harms that resulted from his or her actions in a wrongful death case that the family of Elizabeth Bradley might bring against them. I notice from the pictures that the truck has what appears to be the name of a construction company on both of its doors. If the driver was on company business at the time of the crash, or was on his or cell phone regarding the business of his or her employer, than the company along with this individual should be held accountable for the negligent driver’s actions. From a criminal point of view, this driver should also be charged since his or her actions brought about the death of an innocent victim.

As a cyclist myself, I have had near misses with vehicles on the road. You try and drive defensively, make eye contact with motorists, and ride with others to make it more likely that drivers will see you. Sometimes, however, despite our best efforts, freak accidents do happen that you can’t do anything to prevent against. While a safer alternative to riding down the road with traffic is to stick to the spin class at the gym or rec center, this is no way to live. I just hope that other motorists reading this story will realize just how vulnerable and fragile an exposed bicyclist is out there on the road and practice driving skills that will minimize distraction and maximize the safety of those they share the road with.

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 bike accident attorney.

Moab Car Accident Claims Lives of Two Men

Shelby Limas, 36 and Thayn Michael Sumway, 26, both of Moab, Utah, are dead following a single-car accident on July 1, 2010. According to KSL News, both men were in a 1986 Chevy truck driving near a small cliff outside of Moab on state Route 128 around 3 a.m. when the truck left the road and went down into the Colorado River Gorge, landing upside down. Limas was ejected from the truck and Shumway was found under it. The Utah Highway Patrol is unsure who was driving or whether the men were wearing seat belts or not.

I send my deepest condolences to the families of these two men.

As a Utah personal injury attorney, I’m interested in how car accidents happen. From the story, it is unclear as to how this one may have happened. The crash did happen at 3 a.m. This raises an issue as to whether drowsiness played a factor in any of this.

Legally speaking, if one of the men caused the car accident to happen, then the family of the victim would have a legal claim against that other person’s insurance as well as a likely claim against any underinsured policy that may have covered that person.

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.