A man purportedly left the scene of an accident when he ran into a Provo, Utah city dispatcher as she crossed through a gas station parking lot on Monday, March 19, 2012. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the driver of a Ford Windstar backed into a Provo dispatcher as she walked through a gas station parking lot at 2045 West Center Street. The driver reportedly hit the woman while backing up. In attempt to avoid being run over, the woman grabbed onto the bumper and was dragged 10-15 feet before the driver finally left. The man who hit the woman turned himself into police and was booked into jail on Tuesday on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, no driver’s license and reckless driving. The woman was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
I offer my best wishes for a quick recovery to this woman.
As a Provo personal injury attorney, I know that cars have certain safety features to absorb some of the force from a crash. This is not the case with pedestrians. For this reason, pedestrians involved in accidents can often suffer serious, if not catastrophic injures. I’m glad that this wasn’t the case in this accident. While pedestrians need to be vigilant and look out for vehicles on the road, motorists need to be extra vigilant since they are driving the means of potentially taking that person out of this life.
The motorist in this case, in addition to being responsible criminally for his crime, is liable civilly as well and needs to pay to make this woman whole. I would recommend that she contact a Utah injury attorney to find out what remedies may be available in her 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 car accident attorney.