UTA Bus Accident Seriously Injures West Valley Woman

posted December 13, 2011 | by

A woman, 24 years old, now has two severely broken legs thanks to the UTA bus driver who negligently turned in front of her on December 12, 2011. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the pedestrian, whose name was not mentioned in the article, was lawfully crossing the street in a marked cross walk at 3650 South and 3200 West in West Valley City around 10:35 a.m. when a UTA bus driver failed to yield the right-of-way to her and hit her as the driver was making a left-hand turn. According to the story, the bus actually drove over the woman’s legs, severely crushing them. There is no mention of other injuries, such as head injuries that may have happened. The bus driver was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian and is on administrative leave.

I send my best wishes to this woman who has a long road ahead of her as she recovers from what sounds like permanent, life-changing injuries.

UTA, sadly, is no stranger when it comes to its bus drivers hurting others. I have blogged on this in the past, click HERE and most recently HERE. This case sounds a lot like an accident that I blogged on a couple years ago. Unfortunately, UTA’s drivers continue to hurt others through their negligent driving. Even the Salt Lake Tribune recognizes that “UTA has had a high rate of pedestrian accidents this year, with TRAX striking eight people and FrontRunner trains striking two. Seven of those accidents resulted in deaths.”

I think a big cause of a lot of these accidents is the lack of training provided to UTA’s drivers and operators. I also don’t think they value safety as much as they should. From my own personal experience litigating cases against UTA, I know that they can downplay the seriousness of the driving infraction and where they can, blame the incident for happening on the victim.

This woman of course has a claim against UTA for her injuries, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, for permanent disability, emotional and mental anguish. Unfortunately, however, her total recovery is capped by statute at around $620,000, give or take. This statute has been twice challenged and has been upheld each time. Pursuant to the Utah Governmental Immunity Act, a document titled “Notice of Claim” needs to be filed within one year’s time to preserve her claim against UTA, which is considered a Utah governmental agency. I would recommend that she consult with a Utah attorney to make sure she properly preserves her claim.

The opinions expressed above belong to ,Ron Kramer, 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.

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

“Staff is very friendly and helpful. Jeff has really seemed to care about my case. Thanks for all your help!”

Associations & Memberships

We’re Social! Connect with Us.

Call Us for a Free Consultation

801-601-1229

Four Locations to Meet You

We serve clients throughout the entire State of Utah.

West Jordan (Main Office)

8783 S. Redwood Rd. Suite C
West Jordan, UT 84088
Phone: 801-601-1229
Email: ron@ronkramerlaw.com

Orem (Virtual)

887 W. Center St.
Orem, Utah 84057
Phone: 801-374-7445
Email: ron@ronkramerlaw.com

Meetings Only

Bountiful (Virtual)

503 West 2600 South Suite 200
Bountiful, Utah 84010
Phone: 801-553-8840
Email: ron@ronkramerlaw.com

Meetings Only

Ogden (Virtual)

3500 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, Utah 84403
Phone: 801-553-8840
Email: ron@ronkramerlaw.com

Meetings Only