Juab County Car Accident Takes Two Lives

Mary Sue Dutson, 49, of Lynndyl, Utah died as a result of injuries stemming from a car accident on December 17, 2010. Mary Sue’s daughter, Emily Dutson, 21, also of Lynndyl, who was critically wounded at the time, died today, December 27, 2010. According to KSL News, the crash happened about 7:15 p.m. It was lightly snowing at the time that Mary Sue Dutson lost control of her 1998 Buick LeSabre. The car then spun into the opposite lane of travel, where it was struck by a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, whose driver was unable to stop in time. Witnesses say that the Buick was driving too fast for conditions. The passengers in the truck were treated for their injuries and released.

I send my deepest condolences to the family of Mary Sue Dutson and Emily Dutson for their tragic loss and wish the best to those recovering in the pickup truck.

Legally speaking, everyone, excluding the family of the Buick driver, likely has an insurance claim that could be made. I would recommend those interested to get a free consultation with an experienced Utah accident and injury lawyer to find out the scope of coverage 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 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

Industrial Accident in Bluffdale Takes Man’s Life

Jason Webb died from injuries stemming from an industrial accident on December 18, 2010. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Webb was transferring fuel from one fuel tanker truck to another at Ron Osborne Trucking when it happened. Apparently, Webb came in close contact with a power take off (PTO), which is a shaft that is connected directly to the tractor’s engine. The shaft can then be connected to an implement, such as a pump. Bluffdale Fire Captain said that when he got there, the PTO was spinning and all the guards that are supposed to surround the unit and keep operators from harm had been taken off. According to the story, the spinning PTO caught the man’s clothes, ripped his arm off and caused him to have massive head trauma. He was taken to University Hospital, but died 12 hours later.

I offer my deepest condolences to Jason Webb’s family.

The story is not clear as to why guards and/or shields were taken off the PTO. Was this something that Webb did himself or a mechanic or someone else at the company. If the guards were defective, then there may be cause to make a claim against the manufacturer of the PTO device and/or guards.

Generally speaking, though,  since this fatality happened on the job, then it is governed exclusively by workers compensation insurance (unless you could demonstrate a claim against a “third party” such as the equipment manufacturer). I would advise the family to contact a competent workers compensation lawyer to make sure they get the death benefit they are entitled to.

Note: While the Kramer Law Group handles accident and injury cases, we do not practice in the field of workers compensation law.

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.

Ogden Pedestrian Accident Leaves Man Dead

Frank Gallegos was struck by a car as he crossed a street at 28th and Wall Avenue in Ogden, Utah early around 6 in the morning, December 16, 2010. According to KSL News, the motorist, after he hit Gallegos, kept going. The impact happened only feet from the Ogden Rescue Mission. It was only yesterday, that the man turned himself in. The man, a 23 year old from Riverdale, Utah, called the police and told him he had been involved in the pedestrian accident. He later went down to the station with his vehicle, a 2000 Ford F-150, for investigators to look at. He was later released.

I send my condolences to the family of Frank Gallegos for this sad loss. I understand that Mr. Gallego was homeless and alcohol abuse issues. The man still deserves a proper funeral and I hope his family can be contacted so a proper funeral can be arranged.

The article doesn’t say much about the circumstances surrounding this crash, but leaving the scene of a fatal pedestrian collision doesn’t bode well for the motorist. In fact, there is an inference that the motorist may have been impaired in some way and wanted to evade prosecution. Sadly, Utah law in a civil context, generally doesn’t allow evidence of leaving the scene to prove a driver’s negligence or recklessness. This is so, argues at least one Utah judge who has ruled on this issue, because leaving the scene could be evidence of fear or distress following a purely innocent pedestrian run-over, not evidence of negligence.

So the end result can be that a motorist who may be over the legal limit, can avoid a DUI charge and a potentially larger civil judgment against him (or her) by simply leaving the scene. Of course, they will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, but that charge pales in comparison to a possible DUI/homicide charge.

I would recommend that the family of Mr. Gallegos contact an experienced Utah accident and injury attorney to investigate this claim further and explore what remedies 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 pedestrian accident attorney.

Two Die in Fatal Crash in Utah’s Washington County

Shannon Taylor, 42, of Colorado and Juan Carlos Frayre, 32, of Utah County, are dead following a freak car accident in Washington County, Utah on December 19, 2010. According to KSL News, the driver of a semi truck, Shannon Taylor, had stopped when he noticed a Mitsubishi SUV off the side of the road that had only moments earlier, hydroplaned just north of the Zion exit and rolled into large boulders. The SUV was upside down at the point that Taylor arrived to offer assistance. This heroic man was then able to pull both occupants out of the SUV. This story then turns tragic.


Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

Just as Taylor had pulled the last person out, a motorist driving a Volkswagen Jetta hydroplaned, lost control, and tumbled with his car, striking all three of them. The impact killed the semi truck driver, Shannon Taylor as well as one of the passengers of the SUV, Juan Carlos Frayer, who died after being treated at a Las Vegas hospital. The other person in the SUV, a woman in her 20’s, was taken to a local hospital with critical injuries. The driver of the Volkswagen was not hurt, but his passenger received treatment for minor injuries.

What a terrible story to have to write about. I send my deepest condolences to all those who lost loved ones in this tragic accident as well as the driver of the Volkswagen, whom I’m sure is having a hard time for his role in this accident.

Despite the fact that it appeared to have been standing water on the highway that put into motion this tragic chain of events, it is likely that insurance claims can still be made regarding the fatalities/injuries from this crash. I would advise those affected to contact an experienced Utah injury lawyer to find out what remedies are available.

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 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.