Car Collides With a TRAX Train in Salt Lake City, Utah

An accident between a TRAX train and a car caused only minor injuries in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah Friday, April 06, 2012. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, three men in their 20’s were traveling parallel with the train on westbound South Temple. The male driver made an attempt to turn left when they approached the Radisson Hotel on 215 W. South Temple when the vehicle crashed into the front of the train. The driver of the vehicle was the only individual to report minor injuries, but refused treatment. The driver was cited at the scene of the accident for performing an illegal left turn.

I am relieved to hear that this was not a serious accident. This is reported to be the 12th accident involving a vehicle and a TRAX train so far this year. It is really unfortunate that so many are occurring. I can’t explain enough on how important it is for drivers to remain fully aware of their surroundings and focused on driving. I think that many accidents could be avoided if drivers would me more attentive to things happening around 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 car accident attorney.

Spring Storm Brings Accidents on Utah Roads

A morning snow storm brought several inches of snow along with slippery road conditions on Friday, April 6, 2012. Along with reporting of morning accidents, The Salt Lake Tribune reported that The National Weather Service sent out a warning for possible road snow on certain mountain roadways, especially I-80. It was recommended for drivers to use caution when commuting during the early hours of the morning. There have been several accidents reported already on Utah’s roadways today, with the storm expected to move out by midday.

Drivers should use caution when traveling the roads today as slushy conditions may cause slippery roads. Please slow down a little when the roads get wet and remember to drive no faster than you have room to stop.

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.

Woman Passes Away in a Millard County Crash

Excessive speeds may have been the cause of a car rollover wreck in Millard County, Utah that took the life of 43-year-old Trina Lowry on Saturday, March 31, 2012. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Trina Lowry was traveling northbound in her Chevrolet Trailblazer when she missed a curve and drifted into the median. The vehicle lost control and rolled into a southbound semi-trailer. Trina lost her life at the scene of the accident. The driver of the semi was left uninjured. Investigators suspect that speed may have been the cause of the accident. There was no report of drugs or alcohol. Trina was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

I offer my sincere condolences to the family of this individual.

It is heartbreaking to hear of an accident like this. There certainly ways to avoid and/or minimize the risk of such accidents. It’s imperative that drivers on Utah roads observe traffic laws, especially when it comes to speed limit signs.

Legally speaking, it may be that the family of Ms. Lowry has no claim following this tragic, single-car wreck. Unless there is evidence of a mechanical defect or perhaps another motorist that cut her off, I suspect that making a legal claim would be difficult.

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.

UDOT Warns Drivers of Various Construction Projects

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that this year, 2012, will carry upwards of 200 construction projects. It’s estimated that this will be the most construction ever performed in one year. The largest, most time consuming project is, of course, the I-15 core project from Lehi, Utah to Spanish Fork, Utah. This project will make the freeway wider by two lanes. The project is projected to complete in December of 2012. Thus far, the project is close to 70 percent completed. The remaining 30 percent should be completed at the end of this fall. Drivers should expect delays throughout the summer.

UDOT released on Thursday a guide for its construction plans for this summer to help commuters understand what to expect in delays and closures. A copy is readily available at sltrib.com, The Salt Lake Tribune news website. Updates will be made to the construction information throughout the season. This information will be made available at www.udot.utah.gov.

Another major construction project to be opened this year is the Mountain View Corridor. It will run between 16000 South and 5400 south in Salt Lake County. Although it is not anticipated to have much effect on traffic, it will affect many crossroads. The first phase of this project is expected to be completed at the end of this year. The first phase will include frontage roads for a future freeway along the corridor that will stretch north to I-80.

Several other construction projects are expected to take place such as: repairing concrete on and off-ramps, replacing bridges, resurfacing roads and others. Drivers should pay attention to lane changes, lane closures, ramp closures, and nighttime construction work when much of the construction is performed. Altogether, the collective construction projects will provide 171 lane miles of reconstructed and rehabilitated roadways.

As a Utah accident lawyer, while I’m glad that more lanes are being added, I’m very disappointed in how sloppy the work appears at time. For example, the striping in certain areas is horrible at best. There are times when because of old striping, I’m not sure if I’m in the correct lane, and then a car starts moving over toward me. Yikes! It can be frightening. UDOT and its contractors need to make sure the old lines are removed before they put down new ones in a different location! Signage is also a problem in spots. For example, you sometimes only find out at the last second where the off-ramp is, when there is not time to safely move over. At least five times, I’ve gotten off the freeway in the wrong area. And I’ve seen other motorists who have done the same. This past weekend, a friend of mine who was driving, exited the freeway, following behind another car, when that driver didn’t turn tight enough and he ended up driving right into a dead-end dirt area that ran parallel to the road he intended to turn on. These are just a few examples, but overall I’m concerned that UDOT and its contractors, including Wadsworth Brothers, are playing fast and loose with the motoring public’s safety. I wish these contractors would pay more attention to safety then completing the project ahead of schedule so they can get their performance bonus.

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.

Woman Sentenced After Causing a Fatal Rollover Near Coalville, Utah

58-year-old Karen Gallegos of Point of Rocks, Wyoming, was sentenced to prison on Monday, April 2, 2012 after causing a fatal rollover accident near Coalville, Utah back on May 5, 2011 that took the life of John Henrie. According to KSL News, Gallegos was found guilty of manslaughter for driving on the wrong side of I-80 while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, causing a fatal rollover accident, and then fleeing the scene. She received prison time of 15 years for manslaughter, up to 5 years for a DUI, and a year for leaving the scene of an accident.

The accident happened near Coalville, Utah where she began driving in westbound traffic while heading east. A westbound pickup truck had to swerve out of the way, and in doing so, went into the median, the driver over-corrected, and rolled his vehicle. John Henrie, a passenger, was ejected and passed away at the scene while three others received broken bones, scrapes and bruises. Gallegos witnessed the accident and claims she kept driving because she knew that there were other witnesses that would take care of her problem. When questioned, she told police that she had a couple of beers, smoked marijuana, drank vodka and took Zoloft before driving.

I offer my sincere condolences to the family of John Henrie for this senseless tragedy.

In this case there are several lawsuits that could be filed against this woman for her negligence. I would recommend that the families of these individuals consult with a wrongful death attorney to more fully understand what their options are.

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.

Ogden Seven-Vehicle Crash Injures Five

A teenage driver was said to have ran a red light which caused a seven car pile-up in Ogden, Utah on Monday, April 2, 2012. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, an 18-year-old driver was heading west in her Hummer on 12th street when she went through a red light at the Harrison Avenue intersection. Her vehicle struck a south-bound Dodge Caravan and then headed into eastbound traffic. The teen then struck a 2012 Honda CR-V and a Subaru Outback. This collision sent the Hummer into the air, subsequently striking a Ford F-150, forcing it into a 2011 Mini Cooper. A Chrysler Concorde was also part of the wreckage. The 18-year-old was taken to a hospital and was listed in critical condition. The driver of the Subaru along with a 5-year-old child were trapped in the vehicle and had to be pried out of the wreckage. The woman was taken to a local hospital in critical condition while the child was treated then released. The two 38-year-old occupants in the Caravan were sent to a local hospital then released.

I offer my best wishes for a speedy recovery to all those who were involved.

Wrecks like this are always messy. I sincerely hope that all those involved had insurance on their vehicles. It will definitely take a while to sort out the insurance claims and remedies for those injured and the damages received to the vehicles. I would recommend that these individuals contact an Ogden personal injury attorney to find out what remedies might be available to them under these 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.

SUV Hits a Teenage Skateboarder in Salt Lake City, Utah

A teenage skateboarder was hit by an SUV on Thursday, April 5, 2012 and was reported to be in critical condition today. Investigating officials informed The Salt Lake Tribune that the 16-year-old boy was crossing the street near 2200 East Roosevelt Avenue in Salt Lake City, Utah. While he was crossing the road, a northbound SUV hit him. He was taken to a local hospital with severe injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

I offer my best wishes for a full and complete recovery to this boy.

I wish that we had more information on the accident. There is not enough information to know who might be at fault for this accident. In either case, it’s critical for drivers to remain alert when driving in Salt Lake City roadways. Pedestrians also need to be aware of surroundings when out and about.

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.