When you drive a Dodge one-ton dually over 100 mph down the road, you better make sure your seat belt is on to reduce your injuries when your truck crashes. Occupants of one such Dodge truck were not so lucky when on December 6, 2008, the driver of the truck, Rebecca Kuhn, lost control on U.S. 191 in Utah around 9:30 at night and rolled the truck multiple times. According to KSL News, all three occupants of the truck, believed not to have buckled up, were ejected from the truck following the crash. All were residents of Grand Junction, Colorado. Rebecca Kuhn, sadly, perished at the scene and Charles Brandon was flown in critical condition to a Salt Lake City, Utah hospital. A third passenger, John Thomas, was taken to Ashley Regional Medical Center in Vernal, Utah, and is said to be in stable condition.
Driving over 100 miles per hour down a desolate stretch of Utah blacktop – at night – is nothing short of reckless. If you’re going to do it, though, please, please buckle your seat belt. In fact, whether you are driving carelessly or not, all drivers should INSIST that all passengers in their car wear their seat belts. It is a driver’s responsibility and it is the law.
Legally speaking, both passengers have a claim on the driver of the truck and/or the insurance policy taken out for the truck. If they have their own insurance, they can make a claim on the “underinsured” portion of it.
We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and wish the victims in this crash a speedy recovery.
Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury attorney practicing in Salt Lake County as well as state-wide.
Published by: Ron Kramer