Man in Fatal Salt Lake City Car Crash Identified

Police have identified 43-year-old Kenneth Brailsford as the man who perished at the scene of a 3-car accident in South Salt Lake City that happened on October 28, 2011. According to KSL News, Brailsford was in the backseat of a Hyundai sedan that was rear-ended at high speed by an allegedly distracted driver of a Jeep Commander traveling south on 700 East. The other four occupants of the sedan remained in critical condition Friday night with the driver of the sedan said to have experienced minor injuries.

I send my sincere condolences to the family of Kenneth Brailsford for their tragic loss. I also send my continued best wishes for a complete recovery to those others who were injured in this crash.

I blogged about this crash 2 days ago. In today’s story, though, I read about the driver of the sedan receiving minor injuries. This caused me to wonder if some of those in the sedan didn’t have their seat belts on. According to the story, there was 1 fatality, 4 critically injured and 1 (the driver) with minor injuries. That adds up to 6 persons in what I understand to be a 5-passenger car. This being the case, I wonder if anyone in the backseat had a seat belt fastened. Not wearing a seat belt certainly makes those rear ended by another vehicle more susceptible to serious injury, or worse.

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.

Distracted Driver Blamed for Salt Lake City Car Accident

A man died and four others were critically injured following a car crash in South Salt Lake on October 28, 2011. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, a man driving a Jeep, who authorities say was driving while distracted, failed to see a car stopped in front of him at a traffic light and slammed into the rear of the sedan. The collision in turn pushed the sedan forward into the sedan in front of it. The fatality was a person in the back seat of the sedan, with the other four being passengers in that same sedan. The driver of the Jeep and the car in front of the sedan escaped with minor injuries. The matter will no doubt be reviewed by the South Salt Lake City attorney’s office for possible charges. Recent enhancements in Utah statutes will provide additional penalties to those who cause crashes while driving while distracted.

I send my deep condolences to the family of the man who perished in this crash and my best wishes for a full recovery to those who were injured.

Distracted driving has become epidemic, with statistics showing that more people are injured as a result of distracted driving than by those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It just takes a moment of distraction to create a situation where someone can be seriously hurt, or as in this case, killed. The person who caused this crash will have to live with the consequences of their actions for the rest of their life and will assuredly regret the decision to look down at their phone, text, or do whatever it was that led to the distraction.

Legally speaking, the family of the deceased and those injured will have a claim against the driver of the Jeep and if they had insurance or lived in a household where there was a car insurance policy, will want to make an “under-insured” claim with that carrier(s).

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 Teen Hit in School Crosswalk

A 15-year-old girl was hit at the crosswalk by Heartland Elementary School at 1500 West and 7000 South in West Jordan, where she suffered a serious head injury reports The Salt Lake Tribune. The lights at this intersection had not yet been activated for the morning school, but traffic was heavy and the girl was wearing dark clothing. This West Jordan pedestrian accident is still under investigation.

I offer my best wishes for this young woman and her family as she recovers. With serious head injuries in a developing, young teenager, the full impact of such an accident may not be known for years to come. Although not required, the family may wish to consider consulting with an West Jordan accident attorney to find out what remedies may be available in this situation. An experienced Utah attorney will be able to investigate all angles of this pedestrian accident to determine if there is a claim here or not.

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.

West Jordan Car Accident Takes Teen’s Life

West Jordan, Utah police have released the name of Jaxen Henderson, 17 years old, as the recent victim in an auto accident occurring on October 17, 2011. According to KSL News, this sad accident happened on New Bingham Highway in West Jordan, Utah, as the teen pulled out onto the highway from 5150 West. Police think she simply didn’t see the pickup truck as it sped down the road, leading to her vehicle being broad-sided by the truck. Police say that the truck driver had no time to react. The driver and passenger of that truck were treated for minor injuries.

I offer my deep condolences to the family of Jaxen Henderson as they struggle through the aftermath of this tragedy. I also feel for the driver of the pickup truck who certainly would never want to be involved in a situation like this.

Everyday when we drive on Utah roads, we rely on other motorists to look where they’re going. At any moment though, as we have seen in this case, a violation of a simple traffic rule can have fatal consequences.

Ron Kramer is a personal injury lawyer practicing in West Jordan, Salt Lake, Ogden, Bountiful and Orem.

Utah Accident Victims Can Now Order Their Accident Reports Online

Utah accident Victims can now order their accident reports online. Utahans, who have a history of being tech-savvy, have kept with this trend reports the Standard-Examiner. Utah Highway Patrol reports over 56,000 accidents annually, and are “very excited to offer this valuable service to our citizens,” said Commissioner Davenport of the Utah Department of Public Safety.

In the past, an accident victim has had to personally visit the law enforcement station in order to get a copy of their accident report. Now, after a few simple verifying steps, it can easily be accessed and printed online. Currently, all state-level accident reports are available at http://crashreport.utah.gov, but U.H.P. is hoping (and encouraging) county-level law enforcement agencies to join.

Kramer Law Group, is a personal injury firm who specializes in helping accident victims receive a fair amount of compensation from insurance companies. We offer free consultations to anyone with questions about their accident, and have also made available a free copy of The Utah Accident Book. Call us today at 801-601-1229.