Taylor Sauer, an 18-year old Utah State University student from Caldwell, Idaho, lost her life on January 14, 2012 while heading west on I-84, just east of Mountain Home, Idaho. According to KTVB News, the accident happened when her car slammed into the back of a slow-moving semi truck. Her car was then hit from behind by another semi driven by Slawomir Porada of St. Louis, MO. Sauer was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver who rear ended her was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
I offer my deep condolences to the family of Taylor Sauer for their tragic loss.
Posting on Facebook is alleged to be the major factor in causing this crash. Police say that just minutes prior to the crash that Sauer had posted a message on Facebook. Furthermore, they say, there were no skid marks, suggesting, they say, that she was distracted by something she was doing in her car.
While being on Facebook might explain the distraction and her rear-ending the semi in front of her, what’s the explanation for why she was rear-ended by a semi? That collision was sufficiently serious to send that truck driver to the hospital in an ambulance. I suspect that if Taylor had not been rear ended by the semi truck driver, that she very well would still be around today.
So was Mr. Porada distracted as well? Why didn’t he keep a proper distance between his truck and Sauer’s vehicle? He sat high in his cab and was likely able to see over Sauer’s car to see the truck’s lights, which should have been flashing if it was moving up the hill at slow speed.
There are a lot of unanswered questions. I would recommend that the family contact a wrongful death lawyer to get to the bottom of what happened here. As I see it, there are possible claims against both semi truck drivers, especially the one that rear-ended young Taylor Sauer.
The above opinions are those of Salt Lake City personal injury attorney Ron Kramer, 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 truck accident attorney.