Fatal Accident in Sandy Claims the Life of Two Men

Early Sunday morning. February 26, 2012, two men, Mark Summerhays, 22 years old and Mike Derby, 36 years old, were involved in an accident that turned out to be fatal near 8000 south in Sandy, Utah. Police explained to KSL News that there was no other explanation for the cause of the accident than excessive speeds. The crash instantly took the life of these two men who were residents of Midvale City, Utah. Sgt. Jon Arnold, who witnessed the men speeding, was pursuing the vehicle when the crash happened. He did not see the vehicle again until he was at the scene of the accident. He saw that the MazdaSpeed 6 had wrecked into a tree and was engulfed in flames and severely damaged. According to Sgt. Arnold, the men were traveling approximately 60 plus miles per hour on a turn where the posted speed limit was only 30 miles per hour.

I offer my sincere condolences to the families of these men for their loss.

In this case as well as many others, excessive speeds in vehicles are the cause of too many accidents. As we have seen, speed can cause serious injures, and as in this case, can kill.

As a Utah wrongful death attorney, I would point out that the family of both of these men should qualify to receive funeral and survivor benefits of at least $4,500. Additionally, the family of the passenger in the car, also has a wrongful death claim against the insurance company that insured the Mazda. That victim’s own car insurance, if applicable, would also carry an “under-insured” component that would provide additional benefits. The time limit for making these claims is no more than two years from the date of this accident.

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 Politician Morgan Philpot Involved in Minor Accident

Morgan Philpot was involved in a minor accident on Sunday February 12, 2012 at 12:43 a.m. The Daily Herald reported on the accident saying that Philpot was heading west on Highway 40 in Wasatch County when his vehicle went off the road. Sgt. Ted Tingey stated that the accident occurred due to slick road conditions. Philpot was seated in the passenger side of the truck when the incident happened. He and the driver were reported to have no injuries while the passenger seated in the back received only minor injuries. I wish the passenger a speedy recovery from those injuries.

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 truck accident attorney.

Utah Bill Concerning Teenage Drivers and Cell Phones Pending

A bill which would prohibit teenagers from cell phone use passed in a Utah Senate vote on Monday February 6, 2012. KSL News reports on the bill that would prohibit teens from talking on any phone device while driving, unless there is an emergency or the teenager is speaking with a parent. Teenagers who receive a license are already restricted with supervision and nighttime driving rules. They should keep their focus on driving and learning how to operate a vehicle. 2011 statistics show that half of all high school students talk on their cell phone while driving. Also, those between the ages of 15 and 19 had the highest rate of crashes injuries and property damage out of all age groups, 17 percent of which happened while they were using a cell phone. The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero, was passed in the second Senate reading at a vote of 19 to 9. In order for the bill to reach the governor, the bill must pass the House.

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.

A Man is Critically Injured in a Motorcycle Accident in Lehi

A man traveling in Lehi was critically injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday, February 4, 2012. Sgt. Jeff Swenson of the Lehi Police tells The Salt Lake Tribune that the 35 year old man was traveling west around 700 East Main Street. A Lexus suddenly pulled out of a parking lot directly in front of him in attempt to turn left. The man on the motorcycle tried to stop but was unable to and hit into the rear end of the Lexus. At the time of the accident, the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head trauma. He was rushed to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo by helicopter and was in a critical state. The driver and passenger of the Lexus were uninjured. At this time, investigators are looking into accident.

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.

Teenager Loses Life in Tooele County Rollover

Nineteen-year old Tasia R. Hymas lost her life this past weekend, on February 19, 2012, in Erda, Tooele County, when the car she was traveling in rolled several times after hitting black ice, ejecting her. According to Deseret News, the driver was said to be driving too fast for conditions when he or she hit the black ice. Three other female passengers in the car, ages 16 to 19, suffered minor injuries as a result of the roll over. Tasia Hymas, who was a passenger in the back seat (and who probably was unrestrained) was ejected out of the vehicle.

I send my condolences to the family of Ms. Hymas for their sad and tragic loss.

As a Utah wrongful death attorney, I can say that most likely the family has a claim against the driver of the car for what police described as traveling too fast for winter conditions. This would be an insurance claim that can be made informally against the driver’s insurance. Whatever policy limits the driver may have should be paid over. Additional insurance is available through Ms. Hymas or her family’s “under-insured” vehicle coverage. Additionally, “PIP” benefits, including a funeral and survivor benefit would also be available under the circumstances.

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.

Man Loses His Life Following Accident Near Grantsville, Utah

James Doyle was 51 years old when he passed away from injuries sustained in a single-car rollover accident near Grantsville, Utah, in Tooele County. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, this accident happened when Doyle, who was driving eastbound on I-80 in a 2001 Chevy Silverado pickup truck around 7:25 a.m., lost control of his truck and went into the median. From there, his truck rolled across the eastbound lanes and came to a rest on the right-side of the shoulder. Doyle was pronounced dead at the scene.

I send my heart-felt condolences to the family of this man for their sad loss.

As a Utah wrongful death attorney, I would have a hard time blaming anything other than weather conditions for this crash happening-especially since this is a single-vehicle rollover. Sometimes, however, poor traction on ice and snow can be effectively cured with good snow tires. It is unknown what condition the pickup’s tires were.

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.

Fatal Accident in Kearns with Parked Semi

A 31-year-old Kearns man was fatally injured February 1, 2012. According to the The Salt Lake Tribune, police say that a Honda Accord was seen swerving erratically before it ended up crashing into a parked semi. Investigating officials claim that alcohol, drugs, and excessive speeds were issues in the incident. It is speculated that drowsy or distracted driving may have been the cause of the accident, but it is not certain. The family has not been notified of the accident so the victim’s identity is not being released at this moment.

I send my condolences to the family and friends of this man for their loss.

As a Salt Lake City personal injury attorney, I can’t help but wonder what role a parked semi played in causing this accident to occur. Was its parking lights on? Was it parked too close to the road? Why was the semi there in the first place? Although there is no excuse for erratic driving, the semi being where it was at may have contributed to this crash happening. The family of the deceased may wish to speak with a Utah wrongful death attorney to see what options may be available here.

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 Valley Bulldozer Accident Victim Continues to Struggle

Despite the serious injuries received from a bulldozer accident on Monday, January 30, 2012, Mark Dean is still putting up a remarkable fight for his life. The Salt Lake Tribune reported on his condition Tuesday, January 31, 2012. It is amazing that despite his most serious injuries that he is still alive. The Salt Lake Tribune explains the tragic event stating that Dean had driven on the gravel pit’s edge in West Valley City, Utah at 6800 West and 5400 South, when his vehicle began to tip over the 40-foot grade. While the bulldozer was rolling, Dean was ejected and was pinned down by the heavy machine. It wasn’t until firefighters came to his rescue that he was able to escape the traumatic scene. Out of respect for his family’s request, the specific information on his injuries is being withheld.

Workplace injuries that were caused by a worker’s negligence or that of a co-worker are typically handled through the Utah Workers Compensation Fund. If a third party, i.e., someone besides the employee or co-worker contributed to the injury, then there very well could be a claim against them. The family of this man would be well advised to speak with a Utah accident attorney to find out what options might be available to them.

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 construction accident attorney.

Tooele Man Loses Life in Rollover Accident

18-year-old Trenton W. Crawford of Tooele, Utah passed away from injuries received in a rollover accident Friday evening, January 27, 2012,  at 10 p.m. According to ABC News, Crawford was heading north on State Road 36 close to milepost 35 when the accident occurred. According to reports, Crawford was having a diabetic reaction and had reached down, evidently, to grab a drink or a snack and drifted to the right of the road. He then lost control of the vehicle and after over correcting, ended up rolling the vehicle and sending it through several lanes to the west side of the road. Unfortunately, Crawford and a female passenger, 18 year old Cassandra Quaid of Pine canyon, were not wearing seatbelts. Quaid was ejected from the vehicle and was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. Fortunately, the third passenger, 20 year old Darrin P. Yadon of Tooele only received minor injuries and was not ejected from the vehicle.

I send my deep condolences to the family of Trenton Crawford for their tragic loss. I also send my best wishes to Mr. Crawford’s passengers for the best possible recovery.

This is a sad story. It seems that there are far too many fatal and serious accidents along this stretch of road. I’m not sure what the answer is to fix this. From the story, however, this crash should not have happened if the driver was taking appropriate precautions. Some of these precautions may have included making sure that blood sugar levels were at safe levels before getting in the car.

It appears that those injured in this crash have a claim against the insurance company that the driver may have had on the car. They also likely could have a claim against their own insurance company or their parent’s insurance company if they live at home. I would recommend that they contact a Utah accident attorney to find out what remedies may be available in their situation.

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.