A woman who struck the rear of a travel trailer, Merele Ann Downey, 57, of Provo, Utah, was listed in critical condition following this crash occurring on April 28 2013. According to KSL News, a driver pulling a travel trailer had pulled off the road at mile marker 254 in Spanish Fork, Utah, to check the security of the trailer.
According to reports, the trailer was not fully off the road and was sticking about three feet into the travel lane when the collision happened. Although the driver was wearing her seat belt, she was reported to have suffered a possible broken pelvis and serious head trauma. She was flown to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
In Utah, motorist may only pull off the road in an emergency situation. The trailer should have been checked before the driver pulled it onto the freeway. And when a motorist has to pull over, they should do so safely and pull completely off the road so that others may pass without incident. In my opinion, the victim has a potential claim against the driver of the travel trailer.