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.