UTA Train Accident Kills Man in Layton

Anthony Kuhns, 20 years old, is dead after he was struck by a UTA FrontRunner train in Layton, Utah, on November 25, 2010. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Kuhns and his friend were walking to Walmart along the tracks when a southbound train came up suddenly behind them about 8:30 p.m. Kuhn’s friend managed to get off the tracks in time, but Kuhn was not so lucky. Police say the engineer says he blew his horn and hit the brakes before impact.

I send my condolences to the family and friends of Anthony Kuhns for his tragic death.

Police are still investigating the crash and will analyze the data from the event recorder. One question I have is whether the engineer should have seen the two men and sounded the train horn sooner. It sounds like the men had only seconds to make a decision to get off the track after realizing a train was behind them.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah wrongful death attorney.

Magna Man Dies in Arizona Car Accident

Ronald W. Papanikolas, 31 years old, of Magna, Utah, is dead following a high speed rear-end collision on Interstate 10 in Arizona. According to KSL News, the at fault driver was being chased in southern Arizona by police when he rear-ended Papanikolas. The police had initially stopped 25 year-old Joel O. Morando of Tucson around 7 a.m. However, after he stopped, Morando sped away and led police on a chase that resulted in the crash. The police finally caught up with Morando and found illegal marijuana in his car. He was arrested for first-degree murder, felony endangerment, criminal damage and transporting marijuana.

I offer my deepest condolences to this Utah man’s family for their tragic loss.

Legally speaking, any claim against this obviously reckless driver may be compromised because of possible insurance provisions that could exclude conduct such as running from the police. Hopefully not, but this could be a reality here. Failing a successful insurance claim against the at-fault driver, or in conjunction with it, a claim could be made on the victim’s own insurance company.

I would recommend that the family of Mr. Papanikolas contact an experienced Utah wrongful death attorney to discuss possible remedies that may be available in this case.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

Semi Truck Accident Injures Two in Box Elder County

Usually it is a semi truck hitting another car that makes the news. Today, however, it was semi versus semi in a big rig accident in Box Elder County, Utah. According to KSL News, semi driver Bobby Dodd, 44 of Tremonton, Utah, was driving a semi west bound on I-84 near mile marker 34 in Box Elder Canyon when he failed to keep a proper look out and smashed into the rear of another tractor trailer truck. Dodd was injured and life flighted to Ogden Regional Hospital. The other driver, John Forbush, was also injured and was transported by ambulance to Bear River Valley Hospital.

Troopers investigating this semi versus semi crash are saying that truck driver Dodd was either distracted or didn’t appreciate the difference in the speeds between the two trucks.

Ordinarily, this would be a simple rear-ender crash. However, when the vehicles involved multi-ton big rigs, this type of accident become much more menacing. Professional drivers are not supposed to rear end other vehicles. Because of their significant weight, serious injures can and do result when truck drivers fail to watch where they are going and run into other vehicles, including other semi trucks.

I would urge the injured truck driver not to treat this a simple rear ender he might experience if he was hit by a passenger car. Trucking cases are much more involved and the resulting injuries can often last a lifetime. Federal trucking regulations are involved in such cases and the question of whether the at-fault driver had gotten enough sleep and filled out his log book correctly are always at issue. I would recommend the injured party to contact an experienced Utah truck accident attorney regarding the remedies available to him.

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.

Vernal Man Dead After Truck Goes Off Cliff

Jason Ray Lindsey, 27 years old of Vernal, Utah, is dead following a single-car accident on November 5, 2010. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, this auto accident occurred when Jason Lindsey was driving his 1997 Chevy ¾ ton pickup south on Brush Creek Road near Jensen around midnight. According to reports, Lindsey lost control of the truck and hit a rock, which impact caused the truck to go over a cliff some 30 feet, landing upside down in a creek. Miraculously, Lindsey’s passenger, Gail Atwood, 37 years old, was able to get out the window and crawl back up to the road. From there, she walked a mile to a farmhouse and had the resident call 911. She was transported by ambulance to Ashley Regional Medical Center with broken bones and was treated and released. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

I send my condolences to the family of Jason Lindsey for their loss. Regardless of whether someone was drinking or not, any life lost needlessly is sad and tragic. If the intoxication led to this car crash, I would certainly advise others to take a lesson from this case and to never drive while intoxicated.

Legally speaking, the passenger of the truck has a claim against the estate of the deceased for injuries she experienced and may yet discover in the future. She has a claim against the insurance company of Mr. Lindsey and if she has her own insurance, may make an “under-insured” motorist claim against her own policy. I would recommend that the passenger contact an experienced Utah injury and accident lawyer to determine the full range of remedies that may be 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 truck accident attorney.