Salt Lake City Pedestrian Dies in Early Morning Accident

Police identified Geoffrey Claiborne, 24 years-old, as a victim in an early-morning pedestrian accident in Salt Lake City. According the Salt Lake Tribune, Claiborne was hit by a car as he crossed an intersection at 100 South and 400 East in Salt Lake City around 4:47 a.m. on November 15, 2011. He was traveling in the southside crosswalk, going from east to west, when he was struck by a northbound car. Police say that Claiborne was wearing darker clothing and suggest he was crossing against the light. Another contributing factor may have been an incline in the road that may have made it difficult for the driver to see the pedestrian.

I offer my deep condolences to the family and friends of Geoffrey Claiborne for their sad loss.

The news story does not mention that there were any witnesses besides the driver of the vehicle. Certainly independent witnesses can help settle the score when there are differences in accounts on how an accident may have happened. If the only source for the claim that the man was crossing against a light was from the driver of the car, then it’s hard to say with certainty if the pedestrian was crossing with the light or against it. Police say that the accident remains under investigation, which seems to suggest, that the evidence is inconclusive at this point. The family will want to closely review the accident report to get a better handle on what actually happened. If there was a witness, then they should find out what the witnesses said about the cause of this tragic event to determine what remedy they may have, if any.

The opinions above belong to 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 pedestrian accident attorney.

West Jordan Teen Hit in School Crosswalk

A 15-year-old girl was hit at the crosswalk by Heartland Elementary School at 1500 West and 7000 South in West Jordan, where she suffered a serious head injury reports The Salt Lake Tribune. The lights at this intersection had not yet been activated for the morning school, but traffic was heavy and the girl was wearing dark clothing. This West Jordan pedestrian accident is still under investigation.

I offer my best wishes for this young woman and her family as she recovers. With serious head injuries in a developing, young teenager, the full impact of such an accident may not be known for years to come. Although not required, the family may wish to consider consulting with an West Jordan accident attorney to find out what remedies may be available in this situation. An experienced Utah attorney will be able to investigate all angles of this pedestrian accident to determine if there is a claim here or not.

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.

4-year-old Boy is Critically Injured in front of Herriman Elementary

According to a Desert News article,  4-year-old boy was critically injured at about 8:40 a.m. in front of Herriman Elementary School, 13170 S. 6000 W. when he exited his mother’s vehicle and walked into the street. It was estimated that the SUV that hit the boy was traveling between 25 and 30 mph, which caused abdomen and pelvis injuries. He was flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center in serious but stable condition.

Hopefully this little boy will be able to quickly recover from the injuries he sustained from this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are with him for a speedy recovery and with his family during this trying time.

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 Pedestrian Accident Leaves Man Dead

Frank Gallegos was struck by a car as he crossed a street at 28th and Wall Avenue in Ogden, Utah early around 6 in the morning, December 16, 2010. According to KSL News, the motorist, after he hit Gallegos, kept going. The impact happened only feet from the Ogden Rescue Mission. It was only yesterday, that the man turned himself in. The man, a 23 year old from Riverdale, Utah, called the police and told him he had been involved in the pedestrian accident. He later went down to the station with his vehicle, a 2000 Ford F-150, for investigators to look at. He was later released.

I send my condolences to the family of Frank Gallegos for this sad loss. I understand that Mr. Gallego was homeless and alcohol abuse issues. The man still deserves a proper funeral and I hope his family can be contacted so a proper funeral can be arranged.

The article doesn’t say much about the circumstances surrounding this crash, but leaving the scene of a fatal pedestrian collision doesn’t bode well for the motorist. In fact, there is an inference that the motorist may have been impaired in some way and wanted to evade prosecution. Sadly, Utah law in a civil context, generally doesn’t allow evidence of leaving the scene to prove a driver’s negligence or recklessness. This is so, argues at least one Utah judge who has ruled on this issue, because leaving the scene could be evidence of fear or distress following a purely innocent pedestrian run-over, not evidence of negligence.

So the end result can be that a motorist who may be over the legal limit, can avoid a DUI charge and a potentially larger civil judgment against him (or her) by simply leaving the scene. Of course, they will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, but that charge pales in comparison to a possible DUI/homicide charge.

I would recommend that the family of Mr. Gallegos contact an experienced Utah accident and injury attorney to investigate this claim further and explore what remedies may be available in this 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.

Woman Injured in West Valley Pedestrian Accident

A female pedestrian was struck at the intersection of 5675 West and 6200 South in West Valley City, Utah, on October 25, 2010. According to KSL News, the woman had left the Walmart and was walking across the street when the driver of a small truck hit her. Police believe that the bad weather was a contributing factor. The woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital with a mild traumatic head injury and suspected broken leg.

I send my best wishes to this woman for a quick and full recovery. Legally speaking she very well may have a claim against the driver of the truck. I would suggest that she contact an experienced Utah pedestrian injury attorney for guidance on what remedies may be available to her.

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.

Salt Lake City Pedestrian Accident Injures Young Child

A 5-year old boy crossing the street in a crosswalk on 1500 South in Salt Lake City, Utah, was hit by a car on August 20, 2010. According to KSL News, the boy was just ahead of his brother when he was hit. His brother was not hurt in this pedestrian accident. The boy was taken by ambulance to the hospital for bumps and bruises. The driver of the car was cited for failing to yield.

I send my best wishes to this young boy for a speedy recovery.

As a Salt Lake City personal injury attorney, I see too many cases where drivers are not aware of pedestrians crossing the street in a crosswalk. Utah law is clear that drivers must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. And even if the pedestrian is not in a crosswalk, they are still, obviously, not allowed to mow them over if they have the opportunity to slow or avoid collision.

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 pedestrian accident attorney.

Fatal Utah Pedestrian Accident Takes Life of Utah Man

Cody Hadley, 25 years old from West Haven, Utah, is now dead following a fatal Utah pedestrian accident, on May 28, 2010, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. According to the story, the man was hit by a Dodge Dakota pickup truck around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning as he walked along the side of the road in West Haven, Utah. Hadley was said to be wearing dark clothes at the time and is said to have been walking partially in the southbound lane of 3500 West at the time of this Utah pedestrian accident. Police say that there were no streetlights in the vicinity and that the driver just didn’t see him in time. No citations were issued to the motorist.

I first want to send my sincere condolences and prayers to the family of Cody Hadley.

Next, as a Utah accident lawyer, there remain, for me, questions that need to be answered. Some of these questions include: Was Cody Hadley really walking in the road? Was he walking with or against traffic? What does the investigation show regarding footprints that might have been visible in the dirt or road? Why was Cody out this early in the morning? And why was the motorist out this early in the morning? Was this motorist distracted by something in his or her car? How much light was there to illuminate this pedestrian? Were the street lights malfunctioning? And was alcohol or other controlled substances involved?

To answer these questions, I would recommend that the family contact an experienced Utah wrongful death attorney to find answers to these and other questions.

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 car accident attorney.

Taylorsville Pedestrian Crosswalk Accident Ends with Community Service for Man

A judge in Salt Lake City, Utah agreed to dismiss a negligent homicide charge against Paul Riddle, 18 months after he pleaded guilty in the death of a school crossing guard whom he struck during a snowstorm in December of 2008. Jim Smith was struck by Mr. Riddle’s vehicle in a crosswalk outside of Bennion Junior High School on December 16, 2008. He died about two weeks after being hit. Third District Court Judge Royal Hansen sentenced 52-year-old Hansen from Taylorsville, Utah to community service after he plead guilty to the lesser, misdemeanor charge, in the death of 77-year-old, Smith. KSL news reports the “failure to yield” charge and speeding in a school zone were dropped.

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 pedestrian accident attorney.

Bountiful Pedestrian Accidents Double

In a report out yesterday, March 18, 2010, we learn that the number of Bountiful pedestrian accidents has doubled. According to the Standard Examiner, the number of auto-pedestrian accidents has doubled from 11 in 2008 to 22 in 2009. Most of the Bountiful pedestrian accidents involve kids on bikes running into cars, says Bountiful City Engineer Paul Rowland. The study was commissioned by the Traffic Safety Committee and the Bountiful City council.

The study did produce a positive finding: that the overall incidence of car accidents are down. In 2008 the number of Bountiful car accidents was 667. In 2009, this number dropped to 642. Overall, a reduction of 25 car accidents. Overall volume has shown to have decreased as well, a factor that most likely caused the lower accident trend.

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 pedestrian accident attorney.

Girl Hit by Car in Magna, Utah Pedestrian Accident

A 14-year-old girl is listed in extremely critical condition after being hit by a car while walking to school. This Utah Pedestrian accident happened at 7am on Monday, February 8th, 2010, in Magna, Utah. According to KSL news, the girl was crossing in a crosswalk near 8500 West and 2700 South when she was struck. The impact of the crash threw her 100 feet. The girl was transported by helicopter to the hospital.

 

Video Courtesy of KSL.com.

According to police, the 21-year-old driver said that she didn’t see the girl before she hit her. Utah Major Accident officials are investigating the cause of the crash and the county attorney will then determine if charges will be filed.

I wish the very best to this young lady as she recovers. My thoughts and prayers are also with the family of this young girl as they struggle with her during this difficult time.

Utah Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Utah pedestrian accidents often cause serious injury, as was the case in this accident. Although details of the accident continue to be investigated, I would recommend that the parents of this young lady contact an experienced Utah personal injury lawyer who will help them take care of the legal aspects as they help their daughter recover. The victim will most likely have a claim against the insurance of driver, as Utah state law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.

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 pedestrian accident attorney.