SUV Injures Two Boys in Payson, Utah

Payson, Utah. Two young boys were hit by a SUV while riding tandem (one of the boys was on the handlebars) on a single bicycle in Payson on Thursday, May 17, 2012. According to KSL News, the two boys were riding near 1400 South and 930 West when they were struck by a SUV. They were subsequently taken to Mountain View Hospital in Payson. One of the boys, a 6-year-old, was then taken by medical helicopter to the Primary Children’s Medical Center. He is expected to make a good recovery. It’s not believed by investigators that speed or impairment was involved with the crash. No charges were filed against the driver.

I offer my hopes for a speedy recovery for these two boys.

As a Utah County bicycle attorney, I know that there could be other reasons, besides the youth of these children, that could help explain how this bicycle accident happened. Certainly, riding tandem on a single bicycle could have contributed to this crash. The family may wish to consider consulting with an injury attorney to see what remedies may be available in this circumstance.

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 bicycle accident attorney.

Two Hunter High Students Pass Away in West Valley City Accident

Jacob Armijo and Avery Bock lost their lives in a fatal accident on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 when their car smashed into an oncoming vehicle in West Valley City, Utah. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Jacob Armijo was the driver of a Honda Civic traveling north with Avery and two other passengers on 5600 West in the 4100 South intersection. For an unknown reason, his vehicle swerved into the southbound lanes and struck a Toyota Corolla. Both Jacob and Avery lost their lives at the scene of the accident.

Other passengers, Cassidy Porter, 17, received critical injuries and had to be transported to the hospital. Leticia Cordero, 16, another passenger, was reported to be in serious condition and was hospitalized as well. The driver of the Corolla, 40-year-old Monica Hood also received serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Although the reason for the accident remains unknown, several witnesses say that Jacob had swerved into southbound lanes because of a third car running a red light at the same intersection. That vehicle caused Jacob to turn into oncoming traffic and lose control of his vehicle.

I offer my sincere condolences to the families of these two individuals and send my wishes for a speedy recovery for the others who were injured.

Legally speaking, Utah wrongful death claims need to be brought within two years of the accident occurring. Wrongful death claimants can include the parents of the deceased as well as their spouse and children, although the latter two would not be applicable because of the young age of these victims. Those injured in this crash would have up to four years to make their claims.

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.

Semi-Trailer Driver Endangers Other Motorists, Causes Delays in Parley’s Canyon

A semi carrying a large load of oranges tipped over on I-80 in Parley’s Canyon on Thursday, May 17, 2012. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the accident happened on the westbound lanes of traffic. The rollover affected all eastbound and westbound lanes. There were no other accidents reported and the driver of the semi only received minor injuries and was treated on the scene. The accident wasn’t cleared until later in the afternoon.

I’m glad to hear that there were no other accidents reported. I wish the driver of the semi a quick recovery.

The driver of this semi dodged a bullet. This rollover could very well have involved another vehicle and resulted in serious or fatal injuries. Semi truck drivers are professional drivers and are never allowed to drive in an unsafe way. This driver obviously was going too fast for the type of vehicle and/or load he/she was carrying.

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.

Logan, Utah Motorcycle Accident Victim Encourages Awareness

Brandon White is a recovering motorcycle accident victim. According to KSL News he was involved in an accident back in September of 2011 while attending school at Utah State University. The accident caused him to be pinned underneath a burning vehicle. By-standers who witnessed the accident worked together to lift the burning vehicle off the top of him and pulled him to safety. It was a scene, recorded on video, that was replayed around the world. Since his accident, Brandon has joined with Utah law enforcement agencies to create an emphasis on motorcycle safety.

Brandon had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the “Drive Aware. Ride Aware” fifth annual campaign. The campaign began to help educate riders and drivers of the importance of respect and sharing the road. “It’s a two-way street,” the cars have to watch out for bikes, but the bikes also have to ride with respect for the road and follow the rules – which it’s way to easy to break the rules on a motorcycle.” Wright said in his speech. May is now being declared in Utah to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. It will be an effort to increase awareness of motorcycles. In 2011, 28 motorcycle crashes involved fatalities. This year there is already 4 fatal Utah motorcycle accidents.

As a Utah motorcycle and bicycle accident lawyer, I encourage all motorists and motorcyclists to pay attention to their surroundings and to share the road.

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 Loses Life in Sandy Utah TRAX Accident

Ashli Brusnahan, a 20-year-old woman, was fatally injured in a TRAX train accident on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at approximately 150 E. and 8400 S. in Sandy, Utah. According to KSL News, Ashli was walking in an area that is not designed for pedestrian traffic. As she was walking, a northbound train passed by at close to 50 mph and struck her. Ashli was originally from Kamas, Utah, but was residing in Sandy at the time.

I send my sincere condolences to Ashli’s family for their loss.

Standing or walking close to where TRAX trains are is never a good idea. I wonder, though, if where Ashli was struck had become a regular pedestrian walking area. If UTA knew that pedestrians were now regularly walking in this area, a duty would arise to make sure that they were kept out. It may be beneficial for the family to look into this to find out why Ashli was where she was and if the negligence of UTA somehow contributed to this.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and wrongful death attorney practicing throughout Utah. 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.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Takes Lehi Man’s Life

Kerry M. Oldham, 57 year-old motorcycle rider from Lehi, Utah, died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle versus auto accident occurring on May 3, 2012. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, this fatal motorcycle accident happened shortly after Oldham entered the I-15 from the Highland/Alpine ramp. According to witnesses, Oldham had just gotten on the freeway heading north and was intending to cross over several lanes to get to the left side of the freeway.

The first lane change went without incident, but when he merged into the middle lane, he found that traffic had stopped suddenly in front of him and was unable to avoid colliding with a GMC Yukon that had stopped in front of him. According to reports, after he struck the rear of the Yukon, another driver driving a Cadillac swerved to avoid Oldham, who was now lying on the highway, and drove off the right shoulder of the road and down an embankment. She was taken to a Salt Lake City hospital. Excessive speed or impairment were not said to play a role in this accident.

I send my condolences to the family of this man and best wishes for a fast recovery to those that were injured.

While speed may not have been a factor in this fatal accident, it appears the failure to keep a proper look out did. Lane changes should be made carefully and you need to be able to allow enough space between your vehicle and the one in front so that you can stop if those vehicles suddenly slow or stop. It appears in this case that there was not adequate space left between the motorcyclist and the vehicle stopped in front of him when he made the lane change. Riding a motorcycle is hazardous enough, but when you combine an unsafe maneuver with the lack of protection that a motorcycle offers, you have a recipe for disaster. Let’s all drive carefully out there, especially motorcyclists and bicyclists that don’t have a protective shell 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 motorcycle accident attorney.

Critical Injuries Occur in a Semi-trailer Rollover

A man and a woman were critically injured when they attempted to dodge debris on I-80 on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. KSL News reported that two individuals were eastbound in a semi, a woman, who was driving at the time, and a man, who was the passenger. The semi-trailer in front of them lost a load of logs on the highway.

The woman in attempt to dodge the logs began to swerve, lost control of the vehicle, and crossed the median into the westbound lanes. After approaching the north side of the west lanes, the semi rolled over. Both of the people in the semi received critical injuries and were transported to the University of Utah Hospital. Four other vehicles were reported to have hit the logs as well, but no injuries were received. The driver of the first semi that lost his load was not aware of the accident when he was questioned.

I offer my best wishes for a quick recovery for those with injuries.

Accidents such as this can easily be avoided if just a little more precautionary protocol would be implemented. It would have taken the driver of the log truck only a small amount of time to check the load to make sure it was securely and safely fastened. Based on what I read in the story, it sounds as if the driver of the log truck as well as the place where the logs were loaded, shares responsibility for these logs falling off the truck and causing this accident. I would recommend that those injured consult with an experience Utah personal injury lawyer to find out what remedies 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 truck accident attorney.

Drunk Driver Injures Young Girl in West Valley City Accident

A woman critically injured an 11-year-old girl while driving under the influence of alcohol on Sunday, April 29, 2012. According to KSL News, A 30-year-old woman and her two children were driving in a Nissan Murano at the intersection of SR-201 and 7200 West in West Valley, Utah when they were hit by 41-year-old Cheyanna Nemath in a Dodge Caravan. Their SUV was destroyed and Ms. Nemath was taken to jail. See her rap sheet here. The mother and her 8-year-old son were taken to a local hospital in poor condition, while the 11-year-old daughter was flown to the hospital by helicopter in critical condition. The 8-year-old boy was released from the hospital a short time later. The mother remained in fair condition. The drunk driver was also treated for injuries at a local hospital and then taken to the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of causing a serious injury and driving under the influence of alcohol.

I sent my best wishes for a fast recovery to the girl and her mother.

As a Salt Lake City personal injury lawyer, I would counsel this family to consult with an attorney in order to find out the best options to help get restitution for these injuries caused by a drunk driver. Legally speaking, claims should of course be made against the intoxicated driver and her insurance company as well as against the under-insured insurance that the mother and her daughter had on their vehicle.

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 Head-On Collision Takes Man’s Life

A head-on collision in Logan, Utah takes the life of one man and injures another man on Sunday, April 29, 2012. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the accident occurred when a man traveling south in his Mazda Protégé near 2350 South Highway 89/91 drifted into northbound traffic and smashed into a man driving a Chevrolet Cobalt. The driver of the Mazda passed away at the scene of the accident and the other man was transported to the Logan Regional Hospital, then flown to another hospital to receive treatment. The names and ages of the men are being withheld until their families have been notified.

I offer my sincere condolences to the family of the man that passed away and my best hopes for a quick recovery to the injured man.

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.