West Valley City Woman Dead Following Canyon Accident

Christa Pearce, 37 years old of West Valley City, Utah, is dead after her car veered off a cliff in East Canyon on August 29, 2010. According to KSL News, police say she had been in an argument with her husband and was “cooling off” by taking a drive on the winding East Canyon road. Dear hunters found her body around 5:30 a.m. and notified the police. Her body had been ejected from the car and was about 300 feet above where her car had rested. Police say that there was no evidence drugs or alcohol was involved and that there were no skid marks found where the car went off the road.

I offer my deep condolences to the husband and family of Christa Pearce as they deal with this tragic death.

As a Utah personal injury lawyer, I am interested in the cause of car accidents I read about. Many are caused by inattention and distraction. I’m not sure if that is what happened here. Maybe she was just going too fast to take the turn. Maybe she was drowsy. Whatever the reason, she sadly failed to control her car and she paid the ultimate price.

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.

Magna Utah Accident Injures Teenager

A 14 year old was reportedly hit around 3500 South and 8000 West in Magna, Utah, near Matheson Junior High on August 27, 2010. Witnesses say the boy was hit by a box truck. There is no word on the injuries he suffered. I wish this teenager my best wishes as he recovers. In the meantime, his family could benefit by talking to a Magna Utah accident attorney regarding potential remedies available in this situation.

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.

Man Driving Under Influence Injures Woman in Springville, Utah Accident

Catherine Warner, 22 years old, of Springville, Utah, was seriously injured after being struck by a Chevy S10 truck driven by a man high on heroin on August 25, 2010. According to KSL News, the driver, Justin Hicken, 22 years old, swerved across a turn lane and 2 lanes of traffic , then jumping a curb where he at that point struck Catherine with his truck at the intersection of 400 South and Main St. Emergency crews took her by ambulance to a local hospital where she was treated for a shattered leg and multiple facial fractures. The driver tested positive for heroin and was booked on felony charges of DUI with accompanying severe injury. He, incidentally had just appeared the day before in court over DUI charges.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

I extend my best wishes to Catherine Warner as she recovers from the injuries she received from this senseless event. Apparently, she was to graduate this coming December in dance at Utah Valley University.

After the reported DUI in July of this year, I wonder if Mr. Hicken even has car insurance. If he does, then Ms. Warner should be entitled to the whole of it given his actions. If she had her own insurance, she will want to make an additional claim on either the uninsured or “under-insured” policy (depending on whether the motorist had insurance or not). If Hicken had a policy, his insurance will be “primary” to Catherine Warner who will want to make a PIP claim as a pedestrian on his policy. She will also be entitled to disability benefits if she was working before and most certainly be entitled to “household service benefits” since her newly-married husband will no doubt be attending to the domestic chores given her incapacity.

I would recommend, and I don’t think it would hurt, for the Warner’s to talk with an experienced Utah pedestrian accident attorney regarding the remedies that are available to them following this crash and what they can do to reduce the medical bills that they will receive.

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.

Provo Canyon Motorcycle Accident Claims Man’s Life

Westley N. Moore, 22 years old, of Corinne, Utah, is dead following a fatal motorcycle accident in Provo Canyon on August 24, 2010. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Moore was heading eastbound in on State Road 189 near mile marker 12. Witnesses reported seeing the motorcycle weaving in and out of traffic. According to reports, the motorcycle collided with the rear end of a Ford Fusion, which caused the motorcyclist to lose control and strike a guard rail. Moore was transported by helicopter to the University Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. Moore’s passenger, Paige C. Weber, 19 years old of Layton, suffered broken bones in the crash but is thankfully expected to recover. Neither of the passengers were said to have been wearing helmets.

My deepest condolences go out to the family of Westley Moore for his tragic death. I also send best wishes to his passenger for a speedy and full recovery.

My first impression is that motorcycle riders should always wear helmets when they ride. The driver of motorcycle should insist that their passengers also wear a helmet. I’m not sure if Westley’s death could have been prevented with a helmet, but I’m sure it played some role. My next thought is on how the news media described Moore’s aggressive driving just before the crash. Weaving in and out of traffic is always dangerous because motorists do no expect you to be there and they can move over suddenly and without warning. Utah law requires that motorists use blinkers for a good two seconds prior to lane changes. You typically won’t be doing this if you are “weaving” in and out of traffic. As is sounds like Moore was passing or attempting to pass, it also sounds like he was going in excess of the speed limit. I have driven Provo Canyon and know that motorists tend to drive a good 5-10 miles per hour faster than the posted speed limit. If Moore was passing cars, then it sounds like he was going pretty fast.

Legally speaking, the passenger in the Provo motorcycle accident has a claim against the driver for her injuries, which sound pretty serious. If the policy is not enough to cover her claim, and she has her own insurance or lives in a household where there is an auto insurance policy, then she can tap into the “under-insured” component and make a claim.

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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.

South Jordan Man Dies Following Goshen Roll-Over

Riley Obrian, 21 years old of South Jordan, Utah, is dead following a roll-over auto accident in Goshen, Utah, on August 22, 2010. According to KSL News, Obrian was a passenger going eastbound with driver Joshua Kearl of Santaquin, Utah, around 4:30 a.m. in a Dodge pickup when the Dodge rolled about 100 yards from the road. (It is not clear whether the truck rolled from the road or was off road at the time.) Both of the men were ejected, with Obrian being pronounced dead at the scene. Kearl is said to be in critical condition at the time. None of them were believed to have been wearing a seatbelt and officers feel that drugs or alcohol may have been involved.

I offer my deep condolences to the family of Riley Obrian as they deal with this tragic situation. I also my best wishes to the Driver Joshua Kearl in dealing with his critical injuries.

I think a fair amount of questions remain after reading this story. What were the two of them doing around 4:30 in the morning? Were drugs or alcohol involved? Was there any sleep deprivation going on. Why weren’t they in their seat belt? And what was it that caused the driver to lose control.

Based on the story, it sounds like the family of Riley Obrian have a claim on the driver of the truck for his wrongful death. If he had a wife or child, they also have a claim, along with his parents. The claim would most likely be against the insurance company that Kearl had. Obrian’s insurance can also be tapped for an “under-insured claim.” I would recommend that the family consult with an experienced Utah wrongful death attorney to find out exactly what their options are at this point.

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.

Salt Lake City Pedestrian Accident Injures Young Child

A 5-year old boy crossing the street in a crosswalk on 1500 South in Salt Lake City, Utah, was hit by a car on August 20, 2010. According to KSL News, the boy was just ahead of his brother when he was hit. His brother was not hurt in this pedestrian accident. The boy was taken by ambulance to the hospital for bumps and bruises. The driver of the car was cited for failing to yield.

I send my best wishes to this young boy for a speedy recovery.

As a Salt Lake City personal injury attorney, I see too many cases where drivers are not aware of pedestrians crossing the street in a crosswalk. Utah law is clear that drivers must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. And even if the pedestrian is not in a crosswalk, they are still, obviously, not allowed to mow them over if they have the opportunity to slow or avoid collision.

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 pedestrian accident attorney.

West Jordan Accident Caused by Cell Phone Use Seriously Injures Man

A 29 year-old man is said to be in extremely critical condition following an accident occurring on August 1, 2010 at the intersection of 7800 South and 4800 West in West Jordan, Utah. According to KSL News, a 17-year-old girl was driving while talking on her cell phone to her father around 10:30 Sunday evening. They happened to be discussing why the girl had not already returned home that evening. Apparently, this phone call was enough of a distraction that she ran a red light and struck this man’s car, with his 4-year old daughter and 2-year old son in the back seat, breaking the arm of his daughter.

I send my condolences and prayers to this injured man in his critical time of need. His injuries sound very serious, as if the girls car hit him right on the driver’s door where he was sitting. I also send my sympathies to this young woman who caused this crash to happen, as I’m sure she is in anguish over the harm her actions have caused.

There is some talk in the story about what charges may be filed in this case. I can suggest two of them.

First, running a red light.

Second, a charge of Careless Driving under Utah Code 41-6a-1715(1)(b)(i) which states: “A person operating a motor vehicle is guilty of careless driving if the person . . . (b) commits a moving traffic violation . . . while being distracted by one or more activities taking place within the vehicle that are not related to the operation of a motor vehicle, including: (i) using a wireless telephone or other electronic device . . . .”

Legally speaking, the man in this story certainly has a claim against this teenager for his injuries. His two children also have claims that can be made. I would recommend that the family of this man contact an experienced Utah personal injury attorney to discuss the remedies that exist in this situation.

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.

Spanish Fork Canyon Accident Claims Two Lives

James Stanrar and Joyce Finely passed away from injuries stemming from a car accident in Spanish Fork Canyon on Saturday, July 31, 2010. According to KSL News, Patsy Clark, 78, from Texas was driving in Spanish Fork Canyon near Thistle Junction around 8 a.m. when she drifted into the opposite lane of traffic, striking a semi-truck carrying brick. The crash forced the Vibe off the road, with the semi-truck ending up in the oncoming lane of traffic. The driver of the Vibe, was flown to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center with serious neck and back injuries. Two of her passengers, listed above, were pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, Lewis Capell, 51, of West Valley City, surprisingly experienced only minor injures and was treated at Mountain View Hospital in Payson.

The driver of the semi truck, Lewis Capell, 51, of West Valley City, also suffered only minor injuries, and was also treated at Mountain View Hospital. UHP troopers say that they think the driver fell asleep at the wheel, prompting the drifting into the oncoming lane of traffic. All the passengers were wearing seatbelts, except for James Stanrar, who was lying down in the back seat of the Pontiac when it crashed. The crash forced the closure of Highway 6 for about 3 hours in both directions while crews cleaned up the wreckage, including bricks that were being hauled by the trucker.

I send my deepest condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones in this tragic accident. I wish the best for those who were injured and are recovering.

A number of fatal accidents throughout Utah have been caused by driving without proper sleep. The situation is made even worse when the driver has passengers in their car. Drivers need to take a lesson and make sure they have adequate sleep before they drive. Passengers also need to make sure that those they drive with have had enough rest.

In this situation, the families of those who passed away have a claim against the driver of the car and/or her insurance. They also have a possible claim against their own insurance company. The driver of the big rig and the other injured passenger also have a claim in this situation.

I would recommend that the victims of this car accident contact an experienced Utah wrongful death attorney to discuss the remedies that may be available to them.

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.