Layton Man Loses Life in Possible DUI Case

Brandon Moke, 21 years old, is dead following a rollover car accident on March 24, 2011. According to KSL News, a car driven by Brandon Moke, lost control as it was exiting from the I-15 at Hill Field Road. The car reportedly went off the shoulder of the ramp and rolled. Sadly, Mokes was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected out of the car and died. A passenger in the car, Dustin Moore, 22 years old, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital. Police are now saying that they believe alcohol played a factor in this auto accident happening.

 

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I send my condolences to the family of Brandon Mokes for his untimely death. I also wish the best possible recovery for Moke’s passenger.

Legally speaking, the passenger of Moke’s car certainly has a claim that they can make against the driver’s insurance policy. Other policies, such as under-insured policies, may provide additional coverage.

I’m not sure how many people will continue to die because they don’t wear a seat belt. Despite the plethora a news stories that highlight deaths from going without a seat belt, it is likely that these deaths will sadly continue.

I would recommend that the passenger contact an experienced Layton car accident lawyer for assistance in finding out what remedies may be available to him.

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

UTA Bus Accident Leaves Two Men Dead

Pita Kapetaua, 18 years old and Nelson Leituala, 25 years old, both from West Valley City, Utah, died from injuries suffered when the car they were in rear-ended a parked UTA bus on March 13, 2011, at around 10:45 a.m. According to KSL News, Pita Kapetaua was driving down Redwood Road at about 3750 South when for some reason, he lost control of his car, perhaps hitting a curb, and struck the back of the bus.

 

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Police estimate that their car may have been going as fast as 100 mph when the impact occurred. Police also say they found empty bear cans around the vehicle after the crash and suspect that alcohol may have been involved. The bus had stopped to let passengers off at the time the crash happened. No passengers were on the bus at the time and the bus driver was not injured.

I send my condolences to the families of these two men for this tragic loss.

Legally speaking, the family of passenger Nelson Leituala most likely have a wrongful death claim against the insurance company for the driver of the vehicle. Under-insured insurance coverage may also be available in this case. If the family is so inclined, I would recommend that they talk to a West Valley personal injury/accident attorney to find out what coverages might 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.

Layton Car Accident Leaves Man in Critical Condition

A car accident in Layton, Utah, has left a man in critical condition following a head-on collision on March 24, 2011. According to KSL News, a 43 year-old woman reportedly crossed the center line into opposing traffic and struck a 40-year old Syracuse man. It is not presently known why this driver did this. The victim was flown by helicopter to a local hospital unconscious and in critical condition. It turns out that 10 minutes before this serious crash, that a concerned motorist called 911 to report an erratically-driving motorist. The motorist turned out to be the woman who caused this serious automobile accident. The driver who was driving recklessly was treated for minor injuries and released. It is unknown if the police have arrested her at this point.

 

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I send my best wishes to the injured victim for as best a recovery as possible. It sounds like he received a brain injury from this crash, given his unconsciousness. It is likely that he will suffer the effects of this brain injury for many years to come.

I would recommend that the family of the victim contact a Layton personal injury attorney to find out what remedies he has available to him from the insurance company of the reckless driver as well as his own under-insured carrier.

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.

Salt Lake City Accident Caused by Drunk Driver

Two people were seriously injured in a DUI, drunk driving accident in Salt Lake City, Utah, after a motorist, who was driving at more than twice the legal limit, ran into a pedestrian and a bicyclist early Monday morning, March 21, 2011. According to KSL News, a motorist with a blood alcohol content of .179, driving a Jeep Cherokee, left the road and hit both the pedestrian and bike rider. The “allegedly” drunk driver, Boyd Kenneth Petrie, was booked into jail and charged with two felony counts of DUI causing serious injury, as well as driving on a suspended license. I wonder why his license was suspended?

I send my best wishes to these two innocent victims. According to the story, one of the victims is said to be in “extremely critical” condition. These two definitely need our prayers as they battle to overcome these serious injuries.

Legally speaking, the victims of this random DUI Salt Lake accident have a claim against the driver. Of course they do. But I wonder if he had insurance, having a suspended license and all. Insurance companies don’t usually like to keep customers around that have this type of driving record. I suspect in this case that the victims will need to make claims through their own auto insurance policies, assuming they have one or live in a household where they would legally be on someone else’s policy. I would recommend that they or their family contact an experienced Salt Lake City accident attorney to find out what remedies may be available. The best attorneys will offer a free consultation which may be enough to guide these two in the right direction on making a legal claim.

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.

Eagle Mountain Utah Boy Dies in Auto Accident in Wyoming

Anthony Villasenor, 13 years old, of Eagle Mountain, Utah, lost his life after an automobile accident in southern Wyoming on Sunday, March 20, 2011. According to KSL News, the driver of the van the young boy was in, lost control as she was heading west on the I-80, just west of Rawlins. According to reports, the van veered off the road and rolled. Law enforcement say the van was going to fast for conditions. At the point that the van rolled, the boy was partially thrown from the van. He was taken to a local hospital where he passed away. Nine others in the van were said to have been injured and were also taken to the hospital where they were treated and released. The driver was cited for not having children in the van properly restrained with seat belts.

I offer my sincere condolences to the family of Anthony Villasenor for his untimely, and what sounds to be, a preventable death.

From the story, it sounds as if Anthony, like the others in the van, would still be around if he was properly restrained. I wish everyone would get the message that seat belts can save lives and should always be worn. The driver of a car also needs to make sure that their passengers are properly wearing their seat belts too. As a parent, I find that my kids sometimes try to get away without wearing their seat belts. At times, I have had to pull the car over to make sure the seat belt is clicked before proceeding further.

Legally speaking, the family of Anthony as well as others injured, have a claim against the driver’s or the van’s auto insurance policy. Under-insured coverage may also be available in this situation. I would recommend that those investigating what remedies are available contact an experienced Utah personal injury attorney to find out what options they may have. Please note that if the insurance policies were written in Wyoming and/or the driver is from Wyoming, then Wyoming law may apply to 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.

West Jordan Woman Dies in Vegas Car Accident

Viridiana Larson, 28 years old from West Jordan, Utah, died March 13, 2011, following a crash on the northbound I-15, just 7 miles north of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the crash happened around one the morning when a Dodge SUV left the road and rolled, ejecting Larson and another male passenger from the car. Larson was declared dead at the scene, and the unidentified male was taken to a local hospital in serious condition. Two other passengers in the car, including an infant and an eight-year-old were not said to have been injured. Nevada troopers are continuing to investigate.

I send my deepest condolences to the family of Viridiana for their loss from this tragic accident. I send my best wishes to the others who were injured for a full and complete recovery.

The article doesn’t mention why the SUV lost control. One reason may have been sleep deprivation. The stretch north on the I-15 towards Mesquite, NV, is along and monotonous one. And it was early in the morning. While the article is unclear who was driving, Ms. Larson or the male, whoever was the driver (or their estate) would probably have a claim against the insurance on the vehicle or whatever automotive insurance policy the driver may have had.

I would recommend that those wondering if they have a claim to contact an experienced personal injury attorney for the state where the auto policy was written.

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.

Utah Brain Injury Law Passes Senate

The Utah legislative senate approved a bill that will require all athletes playing organized sports who receive a brain or head injury to get medical clearance before they can return to play. This bill, sponsored by Sen. John Valentine, would require that all amateur sports organizations of any variety – both public and private – adopt policies that will ensure that athletes who receive head concussions and head injuries be suspended from play pending a head injury or concussion medical work up. This bill now moves to the House for final consideration. The bill now moves to the House for final consideration.

I was glad to hear about this bill. I think the bill acknowledges that many athletes suffer irreversible brain damage when they are put back into the came right after receiving a head injury. When the brain has not healed and is again subject to trauma, the results can be much worse than if there is a period of recovery and healing that separates the two events. I hope that the House recognizes this and passes this bill.

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.

West Valley Accident Takes Man’s Life

Jeffrey Donnelson, 28 years old, passed away following a violent auto accident in West Valley City, Utah, on March 7, 2011. According to KSL News, a 60-something male was driving a full-size pickup truck north on U-111 around 6:15 p.m. yesterday. The weather was snowy and the roads were said to be slushy. As the man approached a smaller vehicle driven by Jeffrey Donnelson, the pickup, for some reason, swerved into Donnelson’s lane of travel and struck his smaller vehicle head-on. The results of the impact was fatal, causing Donnelson’s death and seriously injuring his passenger, Leah Donnelson. Police are still investigating this crash and no charges have been filed at this time.

I send my deep condolences to the family of Jeffrey Donnelson for his tragic, unnecessary death and wish his passenger a full and complete recovery.

Police say that weather conditions may have played a part in this crash. The reality is, though, that drivers are expected to adapt their driving to conform to current weather and/or road conditions. If the pickup truck driver lost control, I suspect that he was traveling too fast for conditions and/or was distracted by something at the point his truck was headed into the opposing lane of travel.

I consider this to be a Utah wrongful death claim. This type of legal action is governed by Utah Code section 78B-3-106. This provision states that the people who can make a claim would be the parents, spouse and/or children of the deceased. The claim has to be filed or resolved with the insurance company within two years of the accident occuring.

I would recommend that the family of Mr. Donnelson contact an experienced Utah wrongful death attorney to find out 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 car accident attorney.

Drunk Driver Injures 3 Provo Women

Police have identified Clay Chipman as the driver who drove while intoxicated on March 3, 2011, and injured 3 women in Provo, Utah. According to KSL News, Chipman was driving north on 550 West in Provo around 9 p.m. when for some reason he swerved into the southbound lanes of traffic and struck another vehicle carrying three women head-on. Two other vehicles then became involved in this collision. Chipman failed a sobriety test and was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail for DUI and other assorted charges, no doubt traffic related. The women were taken by ambulance to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo.

I send my best wishes to these women as they recover from what sounds like very serious injuries. I hope they all have a full and quick recovery.

In situations involving injuries caused by a drunk driver, the victims will almost always have a claim against the drunk that caused the injuries. Based on the story, I don’t see it being any different here. Given the severity of injuries and the possibility of limited insurance coverage, I would recommend the women or their families contact an experienced Provo accident attorney to find out what kind of remedies they may have available to them. In terms of insurance, I would expect that each of them could additionally make a claim on their own insurance company for “under insured” coverage if they have such a policy or live in a household that has it.

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.

Carbon Monoxide Sickens Three in Ogden

Three persons were hospitalized in Ogden, Utah, because of high levels of carbon monoxide from a faulty water heater. According to KSL News, firefighters responded to the Ogden apartment complex on March 1, 2011, around 9 in the evening after one of the tenants arrived at McKay-Dee Hospital complaining of carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms. At the complex, fire fighters discovered two other tenants who were sickened from the carbon monoxide. Their conditions were sufficiently serious to fly them to a Salt Lake City hospital for treatment.

I extend my best wishes for a speedy recovery to those injured by excess levels of carbon monoxide. I remind others, especially those who might live in older, rental housing, that carbon monoxide detectors are relatively inexpensive and can save many from sickness, even death, when older gas appliances malfunction.

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.