On the morning of Wednesday, March 7, 2012, a Ford Windstar van slid into the back of a parked Utah Highway Patrol truck injuring van passenger Abrem Woldeyohanes, 28 years-old and Trooper Troy Liquin. According to The Herald Journal News, five men from Cache Valley, Utah were traveling in a van on 1200 West between 3200 South and Hyrum. Haile Frezgie, 39, the driver of the van, was said to be driving too fast for the icy road conditions and slid into the back of the patrol truck. The passenger of the truck, Sgt. Troy Liquin, was helping other disabled vehicles at the side of the road just before the accident happened. He had just got into his truck and was talking on his radio when he was hit from behind by the van. Two of the five men in the Windstar van had to be taken to the hospital. One of the men, Abrem Woldeyohanes, who was in the front passenger seat of the van, suffered severe neck and head injuries. Liquin was treated and released with minor injuries.
I send my best wishes for a speedy recovery to all those injured in this accident.
As a Utah personal injury lawyer, I have noticed that this type of collision, where another car runs into the rear of a vehicle parked off the side of the road, happens too often. Icy conditions and speed no doubt contributed to this crash happening. Drivers need to be alert at all times to road conditions and lower their speed accordingly when conditions turn snowy or icy, especially when there are others that have slid off the road that are being assisted with emergency help.
In this case, the injured men have a claim against the driver of the van for driving too fast for conditions. Such a claim could probably be resolved without filing suit if the insurance company is reasonable.
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.