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.

Tooele Motorcycle Accident Leaves Man Dead

Robert D. Benson, 48 years old of Tooele, Utah, has died as a result of injuries suffered when he hit a mini van that had suddenly pulled out in front of him. According to KSL News, this motorcycle accident happened early on May 13, 2011 at the intersection of State route 36 and Canyon Road. The 17-year-old driver of the minivan for some unknown reason failed to yield and pulled out directly in front of the northbound motorcyclist. No one in the minivan experienced significant injuries. The accident is still under investigation and possible charges against the driver are pending.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this motorcycle rider for what sounds like a completely preventable collision.

A driver in Utah has a duty to yield to oncoming traffic before they pull out into the street. Motorists on our roads have to be able to trust that other drivers will follow the rules of the road and practice defensive driving. If they fail to do so, our community becomes a more dangerous place to live.

Based on the news story, it sounds like the driver of the motorcycle is innocent in this fatal accident. Assuming that’s the case, the family of the deceased is now left with what sounds like a wrongful death claim against the driver of the mini-van. In claims involving at-fault drivers under the age of 18, the owner of the vehicle is also legally liable for this collision happening.

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.

Provo Canyon Motorcycle Accident Claims Man’s Life

Westley N. Moore, 22 years old, of Corinne, Utah, is dead following a fatal motorcycle accident in Provo Canyon on August 24, 2010. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Moore was heading eastbound in on State Road 189 near mile marker 12. Witnesses reported seeing the motorcycle weaving in and out of traffic. According to reports, the motorcycle collided with the rear end of a Ford Fusion, which caused the motorcyclist to lose control and strike a guard rail. Moore was transported by helicopter to the University Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. Moore’s passenger, Paige C. Weber, 19 years old of Layton, suffered broken bones in the crash but is thankfully expected to recover. Neither of the passengers were said to have been wearing helmets.

My deepest condolences go out to the family of Westley Moore for his tragic death. I also send best wishes to his passenger for a speedy and full recovery.

My first impression is that motorcycle riders should always wear helmets when they ride. The driver of motorcycle should insist that their passengers also wear a helmet. I’m not sure if Westley’s death could have been prevented with a helmet, but I’m sure it played some role. My next thought is on how the news media described Moore’s aggressive driving just before the crash. Weaving in and out of traffic is always dangerous because motorists do no expect you to be there and they can move over suddenly and without warning. Utah law requires that motorists use blinkers for a good two seconds prior to lane changes. You typically won’t be doing this if you are “weaving” in and out of traffic. As is sounds like Moore was passing or attempting to pass, it also sounds like he was going in excess of the speed limit. I have driven Provo Canyon and know that motorists tend to drive a good 5-10 miles per hour faster than the posted speed limit. If Moore was passing cars, then it sounds like he was going pretty fast.

Legally speaking, the passenger in the Provo motorcycle accident has a claim against the driver for her injuries, which sound pretty serious. If the policy is not enough to cover her claim, and she has her own insurance or lives in a household where there is an auto insurance policy, then she can tap into the “under-insured” component and make a claim.

The Kramer Law Group does not currently represent any of the parties referenced in the article at the time it was written. We have cited and linked to the source of our information. If you were involved in the above incident, or one like it, and have questions about your rights and possible remedies, you may call us or another reputable Utah personal injury law firm. Do not act based on the above information without getting a consultation. The best Utah personal injury attorneys will offer a free consultation. We offer a free and confidential consultation to those (and their family members) not substantially at fault in causing their accident. The information and opinions expressed above are provided as a public service and should not be used in place of legal advice from a qualified attorney.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah motorcycle accident attorney.

Motorcycle Driver Killed in Price, Utah Accident

Glenn Silvis, 68 years old of Price, Utah, passed away on July 20, 2010, from injuries suffered when he was hit by a reckless driver near Huntington. According to KSL News, this fatal motorcycle accident happened around 11 a.m. when a motorist was driving his Mazda 6 recklessly. As it happened, another motorist had called 911 to report the reckless driving and was on the phone with an operator when the motorist crossed the center line into the southbound lanes on Route 10, and struck the motorcyclist. Police suspect that the motorist was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The crash forced the closure of Route 10, near mile marker 58, for three hours.

I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Glenn Silvis. I will keep them in my prayers.

Driving as this reckless motorist was, is inexcusable. Drivers such as this need to lose their license and be removed from our roads. While this won’t help poor Mr. Silvis, at least it could prevent another fatal crash in the future. I also wonder about whether someone had provided this reckless driver with alcohol or drugs. Under Utah law, that provider could very well be responsible under a Utah Dram Shop claim for the resulting, premature death.

The family of Mr. Silvis are now left with a wrongful death claim against this other driver. Those that can bring such a claim would potentially include the spouse, children and/or parents of Mr. Silvis (if any are applicable). I would expect in this case that there will not be enough insurance on the Mazda. In this case, there could be additional coverage under a “under-insured” policy that may have been on Mr. Silvis’ motorcycle.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah motorcycle accident attorney.

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Utah Motorcycle Accident Injures One

A crash in West Jordan, Utah on June 23, 2010, injured one woman who had to swerve to try to avoid a truck. The woman was riding on a scooter on Wednesday at around 8 a.m. at 8250 S. Jaguar Drive when the driver of a truck failed to yield to her right of way. The woman’s brakes locked causing her to slide under the truck. Police are saying that the woman is very lucky to be alive because the scooter might have actually stopped the truck from running her over. The scooter lodged under one of the truck’s wheels stopping the truck from running over the woman. The woman was flown to the hospital as a precaution. KSL news reports that the driver of the truck was cited for failure to yield.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

I wish this woman a very speedy recovery and sincerely hope her injuries are not serious.

This woman has a claim against the insurance of this truck. I see that she was life flighted to the hospital which means the cost of her medical bills are already quite high. That flight does not come cheap and that coupled with her stay at the hospital will amount to thousands of dollars in medical bills, not to mention the costs of any future treatment she may require. The driver of the truck was cited and his/her insurance is therefore liable to cover the costs of this woman’s medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. I recommend that she contact an experienced Utah motorcycle attorney who can assist her with this claim.

Ron Kramer is a Salt Lake City, Utah personal injury attorney who specializes in auto accident, slip and falls, motorcycle accidents and pedestrian accidents.

The Kramer Law Group does not currently represent any of the parties referenced in the article at the time it was written. We have cited and linked to the source of our information. If you were involved in the above incident, or one like it, and have questions about your rights and possible remedies, you may call us or another reputable Utah personal injury law firm. Do not act based on the above information without getting a consultation. The best Utah personal injury attorneys will offer a free consultation. We offer a free and confidential consultation to those (and their family members) not substantially at fault in causing their accident. The information and opinions expressed above are provided as a public service and should not be used in place of legal advice from a qualified attorney.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation.

Illegal Street Race Kills One in Millcreek, Utah

Motorcyclist, Deloss Garrett Dahle was killed while attempting to race another car in the Millcreek, Utah area. Deputies saw the bullet bike and a Corvette driving at an “extremely high rate of speed” at around 2 in the morning on June 6, 2010. The motorcycle collided with another car near 3900 South and 3350 East. The driver of a Toyota Camry, a 19-year-old woman, pulled into the intersection to turn and the motorcycle and the Camry collided. Dahle was thrown about 30 feet into the roadway where he died. The driver of the Camry was treated for minor injuries at the hospital.

I offer my sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Dahle.  I offer them my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Reports given by the Salt Lake Tribune state that deputies were trying to catch up with the race when the accident happened. This gives some type of perspective as to how fast the two were traveling. Each, year illegal street racing claims the lives of so many. We often think of street racing as a contest between at least two vehicles, but the definition states that it is a contest of speed on an open public road which can involve one of more vehicles. If convicted of street racing, you can face a prison sentence of up to three months and a fine up to $1,000. In this tragic accident, the driver of the Corvette knew Mr. Dahle. If he is found guilty of street racing, he might face substantial prison time because the accident resulted in a fatality.

Ron Kramer is a Utah motorcycle accident attorney with offices in Bountiful, Provo, and Draper Utah.

The Kramer Law Group does not currently represent any of the parties referenced in the article at the time it was written. We have cited and linked to the source of our information. If you were involved in the above incident, or one like it, and have questions about your rights and possible remedies, you may call us or another reputable Utah personal injury law firm. Do not act based on the above information without getting a consultation. The best Utah personal injury attorneys will offer a free consultation. We offer a free and confidential consultation to those (and their family members) not substantially at fault in causing their accident. The information and opinions expressed above are provided as a public service and should not be used in place of legal advice from a qualified attorney.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah motorcycle accident attorney.

Utah Motorcycle Accident Death Rate Reduced with Helmet Use

Three motorcyclists are expected to recover from head injuries suffered during a charity bike ride on Sunday, May 16, 2010 in Park City, Utah. The 15th annual Kids Benefit Ride resulted in the crash of three motorcyclists. According to The Utah Highway Patrol and KSL news, nearly 300 motorcycles were traveling in the charity ride and one bike was following too closely and collided with another when it slowed down. None of three riders injured were wearing helmets at the time of the accident. Shriners Hospital is the beneficiary of the event and, although they are very grateful for the funds raised they are working with event organizers to assure the event is safe for all participants.

The Utah Safety Council says Utah riders are 84% more likely to die in a Utah motorcycle accident if they are not wearing a helmet. “Drivers and passengers on motorcycles are virtually unprotected. They’re not protected by 3,000 pounds of steel, as is the case in a motor vehicle,” says Bob Parenti, president of the Utah Safety Council. Except for riders under the age of 18, helmets are still not required under Utah law so many riders choose not to wear them.

Helmets decrease the severity of head injuries and the likelihood of death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that helmets reduce the chance of a motorcycle-related fatality by 37 percent. Those motorcyclists that do not wear helmets often receive traumatic brain injuries when they are in an accident.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah motorcycle accident attorney.

Motorcycle Accident in Big Cottonwood Canyon Takes Man’s Life

James E. Malbon, 30 of Murray, Utah, is dead after his bullet bike-type motorcycle crashed in Big Cottonwood Canyon near the Solitude Resort on Saturday, May 8, 2010. According to the Deseret News, it appeared that the motorcycle rider may have been going too fast to take a curve and fell more than 60 feet off a steep drop. No witnesses saw the crash, but a police officer which was working near the resort heard the motorcycle coming up the canyon and then what sounded like a crash. He went to investigate and found Mr. Malbon.

My condolences go out to Mr. Malbon’s family for this tragic loss.

It is unknown if Mr. Malbon was wearing a helmet at the time of this motorcycle accident. Regardless, a fall of 60 feet, even with a helmet, may have nonetheless ended with the same result. Motorcycle riders, please obey the speed limits and practice defensive driving!

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury attorney and motorcycle accident lawyer and helps motorcycle riders who have been injured because of the negligence of someone else. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation.

St. George Motorcycle Accident Takes Man’s Life

A man, Steven Sabatini, is dead following a motorcycle accident in St. George, Utah, on April 17, 2010. According to KSL News, Steven Sabatini, 33 years old, and his wife Yvonne Bonhard, 24 years old, were riding together on a motorcycle that Sabatini had recently purchased. The two were said to have been speeding down East Ridge Drive around 9:30 p.m. when Sabatini approached a curve in the road. Because of the sharp turn, he was unable to slow down, and the motorcycle continued to go straight, off the road, colliding at high velocity into a parked truck. The resulting crash left Sabatini with a severe head injury. He was taken to a local hospital, but sadly, perished there shortly thereafter. His wife, Yvonne, was flown to the hospital in critical condition. Unfortunately, none of them were wearing a helmet. The two had married only one month earlier. Police suspect that Steven may have had alcohol in his system at the time of this motorcycle crash.

My condolences go out to the family of Steven for this tragic loss. I can’t help but think, though, that if he had a helmet on, that he very well would be alive right now. An exposed head striking a stationary object at high speed can inflict unrecoverable, severe damage to a person’s brain.

Legally speaking, Steven’s widow could have a claim against her husband’s estate. Although he was said not to have had insurance, if he had recently acquired the bike, it may fall under the 15 to 30 day window that an existing auto policy may have to add another vehicle, unless that policy excludes motorcycle additions. If she had her own policy, then she should look to either the uninsured or under-insured component, depending on the status of insurance covering the motorcycle. I would recommend that she or her family contact an experienced Utah motorcycle accident attorney for assistance in reviewing what remedies may be available to her.

The Kramer Law Group does not currently represent any of the parties referenced in the article at the time it was written. We have cited and linked to the source of our information. If you were involved in the above incident, or one like it, and have questions about your rights and possible remedies, you may call us or another reputable St. George, Utah personal injury law firm. Do not act based on the above information without getting a consultation. The best personal injury attorneys will offer a free consultation. We offer a free and confidential consultation to those (and their family members) not substantially at fault in causing their accident. The information and opinions expressed above are provided as a public service and should not be used in place of legal advice from a qualified Utah personal injury attorney.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation.

Motorcycle Accident in Santaquin, Utah caused by Road Debris

A motorcycle carrying a 39-year-old man and a 6-year-old girl struck a recliner chair on April 10, 2010 outside of Santaquin, Utah. According to a report given by KSL news, the chair had fallen off the back of a truck on Interstate 15. The 39-year-old man was riding on I-15 when a recliner fell off the back of a pickup truck. He was unable to avoid the chair and both he and the 6-year-old passenger were thrown from the motorcycle. The man was taken by helicopter to Utah Valley Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. The passenger on the motorcycle suffered minor injuries.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

Utah Highway Patrol Troopers say that crashes like this are completely preventable if people spend a little extra time to ensure their cargo is secured properly. “It just takes a little more time to tie down the load, strap it down correctly, make sure it doesn’t go anywhere, so something like this doesn’t happen,” Nigbur said.

UDOT spends about 1.8 million dollars each year cleaning debris off Utah highways. More importantly, debris on the road causes hundreds of crashes each year. In this case, it appears the motorcyclists could do nothing to avoid the recliner so fault should lie with the driver of the pickup truck. Utah law requires us to secure the cargo we are carrying and any damage caused by such cargo is the responsibility of the carrying party carrying.

I wish the two well as they recover from their injuries. I recommend they contact and experienced Utah motorcycle attorney who will help they obtain fair compensation for their injuries.

The Kramer Law Group does not currently represent any of the parties referenced in the blog article above. We have cited and linked to the source of our information. If you were involved in the above incident, or one like it, and have questions about your rights and possible remedies, you may call a reputable Utah personal injury law firm. The information and opinions expressed above are provided as a public service and should not be used in place of legal advice from a qualified Utah personal injury attorney.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah motorcycle accident attorney.