Riley Obrian, 21 years old of South Jordan, Utah, is dead following a roll-over auto accident in Goshen, Utah, on August 22, 2010. According to KSL News, Obrian was a passenger going eastbound with driver Joshua Kearl of Santaquin, Utah, around 4:30 a.m. in a Dodge pickup when the Dodge rolled about 100 yards from the road. (It is not clear whether the truck rolled from the road or was off road at the time.) Both of the men were ejected, with Obrian being pronounced dead at the scene. Kearl is said to be in critical condition at the time. None of them were believed to have been wearing a seatbelt and officers feel that drugs or alcohol may have been involved.
I offer my deep condolences to the family of Riley Obrian as they deal with this tragic situation. I also my best wishes to the Driver Joshua Kearl in dealing with his critical injuries.
I think a fair amount of questions remain after reading this story. What were the two of them doing around 4:30 in the morning? Were drugs or alcohol involved? Was there any sleep deprivation going on. Why weren’t they in their seat belt? And what was it that caused the driver to lose control.
Based on the story, it sounds like the family of Riley Obrian have a claim on the driver of the truck for his wrongful death. If he had a wife or child, they also have a claim, along with his parents. The claim would most likely be against the insurance company that Kearl had. Obrian’s insurance can also be tapped for an “under-insured claim.” I would recommend that the family consult with an experienced Utah wrongful death attorney to find out exactly what their options are at this point.
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.