A man was reported to have been hit in a crosswalk at 600 South and 200 West on January 25, 2012 in the early morning. According to KSL News, a motorist turning left from 600 South onto 200 West struck the man while he was crossing the street. The pedestrian was said to have been wearing dark clothing at the time. Reported injuries include broken bones and a head injury. He is said to be in critical condition.
I send my best wishes to this man for the best possible recovery.
As a Salt Lake City accident attorney, my first question after reading the story was whether the pedestrian had a walk symbol or not. Regardless, however, left-hand-turning motorists in Utah have an obligation to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. According to Utah Code section 41-6a-1006(a): “The operator of a vehicle shall … exercise care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian.” The fact that the pedestrian was hit suggests that the motorist was not paying attention. To me, the crosswalk is a safety zone where pedestrians can have a higher degree of confidence while crossing the street and where motorists need to vigilantly scour the crosswalk to make sure no pedestrians are crossing.
In terms of a remedy, a claim should be investigated against the motorist for his role in causing this pedestrian accident to occur. I would suggest that the injured man and/or his family contact a Salt Lake pedestrian accident attorney who could advise them as to what insurance or other remedies might be available. One such remedy is a given: that the motorist’s insurance will pay at least $3,000 towards the medical bills when that motorist hits a pedestrian. Other amounts are probably additionally available, so its important that the pedestrian or his family discuss the case with an accident attorney to find out what is available in this particular case.
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 pedestrian accident attorney.