Idaho Crash Takes Utah State Student’s Life

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.

Salt Lake Pedestrian Accident Critically Injures Man

A man was reported to have been hit in a crosswalk at 600 South and 200 West on January 25, 2012 in the early morning. According to KSL News, a motorist turning left from 600 South onto 200 West struck the man while he was crossing the street. The pedestrian was said to have been wearing dark clothing at the time. Reported injuries include broken bones and a head injury. He is said to be in critical condition.

I send my best wishes to this man for the best possible recovery.

As a Salt Lake City accident attorney, my first question after reading the story was whether the pedestrian had a walk symbol or not. Regardless, however, left-hand-turning motorists in Utah have an obligation to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. According to Utah Code section 41-6a-1006(a): “The operator of a vehicle shall … exercise care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian.” The fact that the pedestrian was hit suggests that the motorist was not paying attention. To me, the crosswalk is a safety zone where pedestrians can have a higher degree of confidence while crossing the street and where motorists need to vigilantly scour the crosswalk to make sure no pedestrians are crossing.

In terms of a remedy, a claim should be investigated against the motorist for his role in causing this pedestrian accident to occur. I would suggest that the injured man and/or his family contact a Salt Lake pedestrian accident attorney who could advise them as to what insurance or other remedies might be available. One such remedy is a given: that the motorist’s insurance will pay at least $3,000 towards the medical bills when that motorist hits a pedestrian. Other amounts are probably additionally available, so its important that the pedestrian or his family discuss the case with an accident attorney to find out what is available in this particular 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.

West Jordan TRAX Accident Sends Driver to Hospital

Another TRAX accident in West Jordan has left a motorist in serious condition. According to KSL News, this UTA TRAX accident happened 9:20 a.m on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 when a 29 year-old motorist apparently ran though lowered crossing arms into the path of an oncoming TRAX train. This was the same intersection where Shariah Casper was killed when she failed to see an oncoming TRAX train because of high sound walls (that were later taken down) that most likely obstructed her view. The motorist was said to be seriously injured. No drugs or alcohol were involved, the police say. It is suspected that the sun may have been in the motorist’s eyes.

I’m really glad that this accident was not fatal. It’s sort of amazing that it wasn’t. Hopefully the victim in this crash will be able to make a full recovery.

As a West Jordan accident attorney, I have been very concerned about the high frequency of TRAX accidents we’ve been hearing about in the news. I sincerely wish there weren’t so many.

In this case, however, I don’t see any fault on the part of UTA for this accident happening. If in fact the sun was in the motorist’s eyes, then they should have slowed down to the point that they were able to see the road in front of them. I can tell you from experience that being blinded by the sun will never be a good defense to driving into an oncoming train or into another vehicle or pedestrian on the road. If you can’t see the road in front of you whether because of the sun, fog, or snow, you shouldn’t be driving.

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.