A crash in Juab County, Utah, just before noon on U.S. Highway 91 in Mona, Utah, on Friday July 10, 2009, killed 69-year old Larry V. Kay. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Larry V. Kay was killed when a tractor-trailer carrying construction vehicles rear-ended the Ford Ranger that Kay was a passenger in. The tractor-trailer ended partially on top of the pickup before going off the road. Both Kay and the driver of the Ford Ranger were ejected. The driver suffered only minor injuries and the tractor-trailer driver was not injured.
My condolences to the family as they are left to deal with the aftermath following this big rig driver’s negligent actions.
Based on the story in the Salt Lake Tribune, I think it is quite clear that the tractor trailer driver is to blame in causing this 18-wheeler-car accident and the death of Larry Kay. Those that drive big trucks such as the one in this story, have heightened duties to make sure that their conduct does not inflict injury on others that they share the road with. Those that drive these trucks and get commercial driver’s licenses, are considered “professional drivers” who are supposed to drive much better than the normal driving public. They are also supposed to be more careful around others and keep more of a distance between their truck and other vehicles on the road. And when they don’t, and a person is seriously injured or killed as a result, then they are responsible for the harms and losses that follow.
Time is of the essence in these cases. After six months, certain evidence in the case, such as the trucker’s driver logs, could be lost forever. I would advise the family to get in touch with a Utah trucking lawyer familiar with trucking cases to pursue their claim and help preserve the evidence.
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.