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.