Nevada Woman Dead Following Single Car Rollover Near Gunlock, UT

Addie Bowler Clove, 59 years old of Henderson, NV, is dead following a rollover collision on October 25, 2010. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, this accident happened near the city of Gunlock, Utah, in the southwest of Utah, around 9:30 in the evening. According to report from the Washington County sheriff’s office, someone beside Ms. Clove was driving when the driver swerved suddenly to avoid a dog in the road. The vehicle apparently rolled and Ms. Clove and another were ejected from the car. Two other passengers, Brent Barlow, 33 and Heidi Barlow, 30, were said to be in fair condition the day after the crash. These two were taken to Dixie Valley Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah.

I send my sincere condolences to the family that lost Addie Clove in this freak one-vehicle car accident. I send my best wishes to the others who were injured in this crash.

When sudden emergencies present themselves, it is difficult to know the best course or maneuver to take to avoid or minimize the consequences of the hazzard. Obviously, one of the best things to do would have been to brake and strike the animal. Such a recommend maneuver is obviously easy to suggest in hindsight.

Legally speaking, those injured and who perished in this crash would have a claim against the driver of the vehicle, or that person’s insurance company. If they themselves had insurance, then they could make an additional under-insured motorist claim. I believe such a claim could be made even if the parties felt the driver did everything possible to safely react to the hazard (the dog) in the road.

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.

West Valley Accident Takes Man’s Life

Jose Guevara, 50, is dead following an accident in West Valley City, Utah, between his vehicle and another on October 26, 2010. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, a woman, 42 years old, was driving a van west on a frontage road that runs parallel to State Road 201, around 3800 West. It was around 5 p.m. when a woman driving the van drifted into the opposing lane of travel, the eastbound lane, and collided with the sedan driven by Jose Guevara. Sadly, Mr. Guevara  died at the scene despite wearing a seat belt. His wife, 56 years old, was said to be critically injured. It is unknown if she was restrained or not. Police are currently investigating whether the woman who struck the sedan was under the influence at the time of this West Valley City accident.

I send my condolences to the family of this man and express my best wishes to Mrs. Guevara as she recovers from her serious personal injuries.

It goes without saying that a motorist who drives into the opposing lane of travel without a valid reason for doing so will be responsible for all the harm that follows. In this case, that harm is significant. I would recommend that the family of the deceased and the injured woman contact an experienced Utah wrongful death and accident lawyer to find out what remedies are available in a situation like this.

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.

Woman Injured in West Valley Pedestrian Accident

A female pedestrian was struck at the intersection of 5675 West and 6200 South in West Valley City, Utah, on October 25, 2010. According to KSL News, the woman had left the Walmart and was walking across the street when the driver of a small truck hit her. Police believe that the bad weather was a contributing factor. The woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital with a mild traumatic head injury and suspected broken leg.

I send my best wishes to this woman for a quick and full recovery. Legally speaking she very well may have a claim against the driver of the truck. I would suggest that she contact an experienced Utah pedestrian injury attorney for guidance on what remedies may be available to her.

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.

Excessive Speed Blamed for Death of Spanish Fork Man

Randy D. Anderson, 42 years old of Spanish Fork, Utah, is dead following a fatal single-car motor vehicle accident in Willard, Utah. According to KSL News, Anderson was said to be speeding on the northbound I-15 when he exited at marker 351, ran the stop, drove across three lanes of traffic, and hit a guardrail. The force of this collision caused the truck to vault over the rail and roll once down the hill. At that point, the truck caught on fire and Anderson was killed.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

I send my condolences to the family for their tragic loss.

It is unclear exactly why the motorist was speeding, why he failed to stop at a stop sign and then proceeded to strike the guardrail. I wonder if he was experiencing some sort of mechanical problem with his vehicle. Was this a Toyota with a sudden acceleration problem? Maybe Mr. Anderson had some sort of medical problem. Hopefully we’ll get some answers to these questions so this type of crash won’t happen in the future.

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.

Sandy Car Accident Results from Sudden Lane Change

Seven car accidents the evening of October 19, 2010 in Sandy, Utah, are being blamed on a motorist who suddenly decided to exit the freeway.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

According to KSL News, a motorist, at the last minute, attempted to change lanes to exit at 9000 South. According to reports, this motorist got cut off, which caused him to rear end another car. This turned into a much bigger problem when five other vehicles got involved. One of the cars was damage so severely that law enforcement had to use the jaws of life to get her out. She was reported to be in serious condition and was taken to an area hospital. Four other people were taken to the hospital with injuries reported to be minor.

First, my best wishes to those who were injured in this car accident. From the sound of it, it appears that the motorist who set the chain of events in motion, was the cause of it all. I hope he or she has good insurance, because that one policy will have to take care of all the property damage claims as well as bodily injury claims that develop. If there’s not enough insurance, the motorists with property damage claims will have to go through their own insurance, assuming they have full coverage available.

I would recommend that those involved in this crash contact a Salt Lake City accident and injury attorney to find out what remedies they may have available.

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 Cycling Accident Takes Life of Avid Bike Rider

Karen Johnson succumbed to her injuries and passed away following a head on collision in Magna, Utah, between herself and a Dodge pickup truck on October 19, 2010. According to KSL News, a 17 year old was driving down the street in Magna with a pickup full of balloons and a windshield mostly covered with paint in celebration of her 17th birthday. By reports, she was driving on the opposite side of the road and above the speed limit as Karen Johnson and a fellow cyclist, coworker, were approaching her. The two cyclists appeared to have split, with the male cyclist going to the right of the pickup truck, off the road and Karen veering to the left. At the point she veered, however, the pickup truck driver suddenly corrected and veered right into the path of Ms. Johnson, striking her head on. She died on the way to the hospital. Both of the cyclists were wearing helmets at the time.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

I send my deepest condolences to the family of Karen Johnson and those that knew her and loved her. By reports, she was an avid cyclist, doing rides of up to 500 miles. I’m quite certain that she’ll be missed by those in the biking community as well. I also feel for the motorist, for the anguish, remorse and guilt she’ll keep with her the rest of her life for her role in taking out an innocent cyclist.

From a legal standpoint, the driver of the pickup was certainly to blame for this tragic, completely avoidable collision. From looking at the pictures, I can tell that the paint on the windshield was not legal and most likely helped obscure the view of the road. Balloons in the cab of the truck certainly didn’t help and may have caused a distraction as they shifted and moved about in the truck. At any rate, whatever the exact reason for her being on the opposite side of the road was, it was illegal under Utah law. We saw from this crash the type of outcome that can come to innocent persons and to the community at large from those that break the law as this woman did by driving on the wrong side of the road. That being said, I’m sure she didn’t mean to run down this woman. However, she cannot say it was just an “accident” that this happened. Drivers have choices when they drive, and from the news report, it appears that she may have chosen to drive the vehicle while being overly distracted.

I’m a little sensitive to this type of collision since I myself am a regular road biker and have had some close calls myself and know that cyclists (as well as motorcyclists) often are not seen by others on the road. But driving your car on Utah’s roads requires that you are attentive to conditions around you – at all times. If you cannot be attentive, or if the surroundings are overly distracting to safe driving, then you shouldn’t drive.

From a legal standpoint, a claim could be made against the driver of the truck, as well as the owner of the truck since the driver is under 18 years of age. There are some small PIP insurance medical and death benefits that are available through the motorists insurance company.

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 Utah wrongful death 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 bike accident attorney.

Sunrise Academy Rollover Accident Takes Life of London Teen

Natasha Newman, 17 years old from London, England, died October 17, 2010, following a rollover accident in Sevier County, Utah. According to the Spectrum, six students from Sunrise Academy, a youth home for troubled youth, were en route from Hurricane, Utah to Moab when the driver reportedly tried to get the attention of another vehicle in the convoy and lost control of the Chevy Suburban he or she was driving, causing the SUV to go off the left side of the road, rolling several times. Another 17 year-old student from Arlington, Mass, who was reportedly wearing only her lap belt, was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to a Salt Lake hospital in critical condition. Four others in the vehicle also suffered injury, non-life threatening, and they were taken to Sevier Valley Medical Center in Richfield, Utah.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

I send my deepest condolences to the family of Natasha Newman for her tragic, untimely death. I also send my best wishes to those who were injured in this crash.

In situations like this, the public wants to know how exactly the accident happened so that similar repeats can be avoided or reduced. In this particular case, based on the news report, it sounds like the driver of this SUV failed to keep reasonable control of the vehicle. It also sounds like the driver allowed him or herself to be distracted by this other Sunrise Academy car on the road. At any rate, it is inexcusable, especially when you are transporting others for a commercial purpose, to drive in such a distracted manner. I wonder how old this driver was and how much experience they had transporting others commercially. The academy is responsible under the legal principle of respondeat superior for the negligence of their employees and agents who drive negligently and kill or hurt their passengers.

The family of Natasha are thus left with a wrongful death action against Sunrise Academy and the driver of the Suburban. Given the parent’s domicile in London, England, the action would need to be filed in federal court. The statute of limitations for filing such an action is two years.

The others injured in this crash, also have a claim against the Sunrise Academy and/or the driver. These claims potentially could be resolved against the insurance company for Sunrise Academy. I would advise the families of these teens to contact an experienced Utah wrongful death and personal injury lawyer for advise on the remedies that they might have.

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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 car accident attorney.