A car accident on December 6, 2008, near Ogden, Utah, has left a 74-year old Idaho man in critical condition and four other Ogden Utah area residents injured. According to KSL News, the crash happened around 9:50 p.m. when the older gentleman going southbound crossed the center line on U.S. 89, causing the van he was driving to collide into a northbound Ford Expedition around 6400 South. The collision caused the Expedition to roll. Four Ogden residents were in the Expedition at the time and were treated at McKay Dee Hospital for bruises and cuts.
Car accidents such as this one are completely preventable. Those that drive on Utah’s roads have a duty to follow basic rules of the road, such as staying in one’s lane of travel. Motorists also have a duty to refrain from activities that can distract, such as text messaging, talking on cell phones, putting on make-up, etc. Motorists are further prohibited from driving while intoxicated. Along those lines, motorists should never be driving when they are so drowsy that their ability to drive safely is impaired.
We’re not sure why this driver crossed the center line. The facts of the case, though, show that he was at fault in doing so. I would recommend the family consult a Utah personal injury attorney to explore what options they may have in this situation. Under Utah law, a personal injury claimant needs to have at least $3,000 in medical bills before they can make a claim against the insurance company of the other driver. Many who have been in a car accident in Utah, never get to that level and will not need a lawyer. Even those that may get to that level following their car crash, don’t necessarily need a lawyer to resolve their case with the insurance company. We wish everyone the best as they recover from their injuries.
Published by: Ron Kramer