Robert D. Benson, 48 years old of Tooele, Utah, has died as a result of injuries suffered when he hit a mini van that had suddenly pulled out in front of him. According to KSL News, this motorcycle accident happened early on May 13, 2011 at the intersection of State route 36 and Canyon Road. The 17-year-old driver of the minivan for some unknown reason failed to yield and pulled out directly in front of the northbound motorcyclist. No one in the minivan experienced significant injuries. The accident is still under investigation and possible charges against the driver are pending.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this motorcycle rider for what sounds like a completely preventable collision.
A driver in Utah has a duty to yield to oncoming traffic before they pull out into the street. Motorists on our roads have to be able to trust that other drivers will follow the rules of the road and practice defensive driving. If they fail to do so, our community becomes a more dangerous place to live.
Based on the news story, it sounds like the driver of the motorcycle is innocent in this fatal accident. Assuming that’s the case, the family of the deceased is now left with what sounds like a wrongful death claim against the driver of the mini-van. In claims involving at-fault drivers under the age of 18, the owner of the vehicle is also legally liable for this collision happening.
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 motorcycle accident attorney.