Utah Car Accidents

3 Killed and Others Injured in Automobile Accidents in Southern Utah During the Last Five Days

During the last 5 days, we have had, at least, six automobile accidents in Southern Utah resulting in three deaths and other significant injuries. All of these unfortunate and tragic losses could have been avoided had the at-fault drivers paid attention to what they were doing.   Driving on the public roads certainly can be dangerous when folks choose not to follow the basic safety rules of driving. We all need to be more careful. We all need to obey the basic safety rules of driving.

On August 31, 2014, there was an accident in St. George, Utah at the intersection of East Riverside Drive and South River Road. According to the news reports, “a man driving a dark-grey Buick Lacrosse, heading north on River Road, made a left hand turn heading west on Riverside Drive . . . when he struck as black Volkswagen Jetta in the turning lane carrying four occupants.” St. George News. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. This accident could have been prevented by the driver of the Buick taking a little more time to watch where he was going.

On August 30, 2014, two men were killed in a tragic head-on collision in Kane County.   The crash occurred on State Route 89 in Utah near Big Water.   According to news reports, Jay Russell of Page Arizona was traveling north in an Acura when he drifted into the southbound lanes and crashed into Richard Nutt, 78, of Douglas, Georgia. Mr. Nutt was driving a Honda Civic. Both drivers were killed in the head-on collision. This crash certainly could have been avoided had Mr. Russell been paying attention to his driving and stayed in his lane of travel. Our prayers of comfort certainly go out to both of these families for their significant losses.

On August 29, 2014, another car accident occurred in St. George, Utah at the intersection of 1100 North and Dixie Downs Road. According to St. George News, a woman, with children in her silver car, was stopped at a stop sign at 1100 North waiting to make a left-hand turn onto Dixie Downs Road. The woman in the silver car attempted to make the left-hand turn but ended up t-boning a car driving north-bound on Dixie Downs Road. The woman driving the silver car was cited for failure to yield and for having no proof of insurance. Both vehicles had to be towed from the accident site. This accident could have been prevented if the woman in the car had been more patient and made certain the road was clear before proceeding with her left hand turn.

On August 29, 2014, a Toyota Corolla hit a wheelbarrow while traveling southbound on Interstate 15 near the off-ramp to Washington Parkway. According to the news reports, a Toyota Tacoma was pulling a trailer loaded with landscaping equipment when a wheelbarrow fell of the trailer onto Interstate 15. This accident could have been prevented had the person taken more time to secure the wheelbarrow in the trailer.

On August 28, 2014, a woman and her 3 year old daughter were transported by ambulance to the hospital after being hit by a truck that ran a red light at the intersection of 100 South and River Road in St. George, Utah. According to a posting made by Mrs. Fisher, the driver of the car that was hit when the truck ran the red light, her daughter fortunately was not seriously injured and Mrs. Fisher had bruising all along her left side.   This accident certainly could have been avoided had the driver of the truck either been paying attention to his driving or had he been patient enough to stop at a red light.

On August 27, 2014, Mr. Bruno Loreda unfortunately was killed in a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Red Hills Parkway in St. George, Utah. Our most sincere condolences and heartfelt prayers go to Mr. Loreda’s family and friends. According to news reports, Mr. Loreda was killed when the pickup truck he was driving was hit by a cement pump truck driven by Mr. Darren Black. Apparently, the cement truck “was unable to stay in its lane of travel . . . and crossed into oncoming traffic which resulted in the collision with the pickup,” causing the cement truck to roll onto its side.   St. George News. Mr. Loreda’s life was cut short at only 52 years old.   What a tragic and needless loss to Mr. Loreda’s family. This accident could have been prevented had the cement truck driver been a little more careful driving on the muddy roads.

These accidents have resulted in tremendous losses to the victims and their families. For some, they have lost a husband, father, son or brother. Not only have these families lost the income that the deceased would have continued providing to the family, but more importantly, they have lost the love, comfort, companionship and society of their loved one. Those who survived these automobile accidents will be left with the residual affects of broken bones, torn ligaments, muscle damage, disc damage, nerve damage, etc.   Unfortunately, the law cannot turn back time and restore what was lost. It only can require the persons causing the crashes to pay a sum of money equal to the harms and losses caused by their carelessness.   Money certainly is a poor substitute for the loss of life and health but that is all the law allows.

A good Utah personal injury attorney can help these unfortunate folks get through the legal maze while they focus on healing and coping with their losses. Furthermore, holding the negligent drivers responsible for their reckless conduct will teach them to be more careful in the future.

You Never Know When You Might Need A Good Auto Accident Attorney In Las Vegas

Two Vehicle accident at a busy intersection

If it is known in advance; it is not an accident. No one knows when the next accident will occur, whether it be a collision between vehicles; a collision with stationary objects; or a vehicle colliding with a pedestrian. Unfortunately, you probably won’t know a good Auto Accident Attorney in Las Vegas before the need arises for one.

How to Reduce Your Need for a Good Auto Accident Attorney?

Please be careful with whatever you are doing. Many injuries occur when folks become in a hurry. If you are driving, slow down, keep your attention focused on your driving, put your cell phone away, and keep a look out for distracted drivers. Keep your vehicle in good working order. Inspect your brakes regularly. Also, if you are hauling anything, please make certain your cargo is properly secured.

If you’ve been careful but still are involved in an automobile accident in Las Vegas and you are injured, seek appropriate medical care immediately. You don’t want your condition to worsen because you delayed getting necessary medical care.

Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

If your injuries appear to be significant, or if the at-fault person (the person breaking the rules) does not want to accept responsibility for the harm caused, you may need to hire a good Auto Accident Attorney in Las Vegas.

How Do You Find a Good Auto Accident Attorney in Las Vegas?

You don’t want to rely solely on advertising to find the right auto accident attorney for you. Please check with your neighbors and friends for recommendations. You may even want to conduct thorough internet research on potential auto accident attorneys to learn about their qualifications. Most importantly, you may want to interview a few to see if the “fit” is right.

After You Are Dead; Can A Wrongful Death Attorney Help?


One of the most tragic of losses is to lose a loved one before his or her time. The sting of death is bitter for those left behind especially if they have no hope in a life after death. To those who have lost a loved one, we express our deepest condolences and pray that peace may come and joy may return to your lives.

Is there anything a wrongful death attorney can do to help? A wrongful death attorney can help the survivors understand the cause or causes of the death. A wrongful death attorney can help the survivors figure out what money, if any, will be available to pay for medical and burial costs. A wrongful death attorney can help the survivors figure out if they are entitled to compensation to replace the compensation that was provided by the decedent. A wrongful death attorney can help the survivors figure out if they are entitled to compensation for loss of the companionship, love, affection and society of the decedent. A wrongful death attorney can help bring closure to the survivors’ tragic loss by bringing the responsible party or parties to justice.

If you or anyone close to you has lost a loved one due to the fault of another, you should seek advice from a good wrongful death attorney to ensure that justice is done and that the losses caused by the wrongful death or borne by the responsible parties and not the innocent survivors.

After A Traffic Accident In Utah, You Should Consult A St. George Personal Injury Lawyer

1Compared to nearby Vegas, over the border in Nevada; St George, Utah appears small and quiet. Nevertheless, St. George does seem to have more than its fair share of automobile accidents. Far too many people are not paying attention when making left hand turns on a yellow blinking signal.

Accidents Can Happen to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere

No one really knows when or how the next accident will happen. For example, we suspect that the unfortunate couple who were killed by a large boulder while sitting inside their home had no idea that that day would be their last. Our prayers certainly go out to the family of those good folks. When we leave our homes each day, we don’t know if we will be injured by someone breaking the rules of society, whether it be someone speeding, texting while driving, or engaging in road rage. Because of this possibility, we encourage everyone to protect themselves, their families and their wealth by making sure they are adequately insured and have purchased insurance to protect themselves not just the other person involved in the accident. A good St. George Personal Injury Lawyer can help you with you pre-accident planning.

If you’ve been injured by someone breaking the rules of the road or society’s rules, for your own protection, you should consult with a good St. George Personal Injury Lawyer. You should do this before you do damage to your case.

Free Speech & Phil Robertson

Free speech is okay;

As long as the godless like what you say.

You can curse and profane and take the Lord God’s name in vain.

You can jerk and twerk and do things obscene;

You can even air your breasts and buttocks on the national screen.


All in the name of free speech;

So the godless loudly preach.

You are free to do whatever you like;

As long as the godless think it’s right.


If killing the unborn is a mothers right;

What about killing them when they make us uptight?

What is the difference in or out of the womb;

Without a god why not our child consume?


But the godless rant and rave and cry a foul;

When some poor school child prays out loud.


The godless say it just ain’t right;

To leave crosses on the graves

Of soldiers who defended their right

To speak as they like.


If a God fearing man says what he thinks;

He is censured and shamed and removed from TV.

To share God’s word is such a vile and hateful thing;

The godless call him a bigot, a homophobe and a ding-a-ling.


Ancient prophets certainly were right;

When they had the last days in sight.

They saw the godless as despisers of those that are good;

Lost in such darkness, good and evil they misunderstood.


No matter what the godless proclaim;

They eventually will see and feel their shame.

When they stand before the God they ignored;

They must then acknowledge Him as their Lord.


A day of judgment awaits every man;

On which side of the fence will you stand?

God stands and waits with arms open wide;

Longing to lovingly embrace all on His side.

Paramedics and doctor unloading patient from ambulance

How Do I Find a Good Automobile Accident Attorney?

Finding an Auto Accident Attorney

If you drive a car, the chances are pretty good that you will be involved in an automobile accident sometime during your life.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), there “are more than 1,700 fatalities and 840,000 injuries yearly due to vehicle crashes off public highways.”  NHTSA also reports that auto accidents, unfortunately, are the “number one killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States.”  NHTSA.   If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident due to the negligence of others, the law allows you to be fairly and adequately compensated for your harms and losses.   If you are not being treated fairly by the insurance company, you may need to hire an auto accident attorney, also known as a personal injury lawyer, to help you through the legal maze.  Here are few things to consider when looking for a good auto accident attorney:

Seek Out Referrals

When looking for a good automobile accident attorney, don’t simply rely on advertising.   Because hiring a good personal injury lawyer is a significant decision, you should ask your neighbors, friends and co-workers about any experiences they have had with a personal injury lawyer.  If you don’t know anyone who has used an auto accident attorney previously, then you should do some research before hiring one.  Read about the attorneys you are considering. Find out if they are rated by organizations such as Martindale-Hubbell.  Find out about their experience with personal injury claims.  Once you have narrowed your search for a good auto accident attorney, you should meet with him or her to see if you “click.”  Does he or she take time to understand your case and your injuries?  Is he or she willing to explain your rights to you and explain the legal process to you?  Will you be dealing with the attorney or a legal assistant?

Experience is Important in Personal Injury Cases

In personal injury cases, experience is going to count…a lot. You should look for an attorney who has significant experience and one who has a history of positive results.  You will want an attorney who, if necessary, is willing to take your case to court.

11.19.13 River Road Crash

Are More Automobile Accidents Happening in St. George, Utah or Are We Just Getting Better News Coverage?

It seems like every day we read about another one or two automobile accidents happening in St. George, Utah.  What is frightening to those of us who are frequent users of the roads is that many of them are the result of someone running a stop sign or stop light.  For example, on Tuesday evening, November 19, 2013, two cars were damaged when the driver of a black Pontiac Grand Am traveling east on Riverside Drive, reportedly ran a red light, then slammed on his brakes causing his car to skid into a blue Honda Accord that was stopped at the intersection.  The Grand Am then smashed into a cement wall.      St. George News.

At Truman Law Firm, we want to make the roads a safer place for all of us. The roads only become safer as drivers remember to obey the rules of the road that they learned in high school.  Although I am a personal injury lawyer in St. George and Las Vegas, I would rather have safer roads for all of us than make a few bucks helping the next person injured by the carelessness of another.  The toll on the person injured, their family and society is too high to be ignored.  We all need to work together to make the roads a safer place.  We need to work together to make certain that we all obey the rules of the road that are designed to make the roads a safer place for each of us.


What You Should Know About an Accident Injury Attorney

An accident injury attorney is a legal professional who represents people who have been injured by the fault of another.  The injuries can be physical, mental or emotional.  Those who have been injured by the fault of anther need to make sure to choose an accident injury attorney that is responsive, reputable and reliable.

An Injury Attorney Can Help in Many Situations

A good personal injury attorney should be well versed in many aspects of personal injury law.  Personal injury law is much different than criminal law or general civil litigation.  Personal injury lawyers need to understand, among other things, the duties we owe one another, how those duties can be breached, medical issues, insurance issues, medical lien issues, etc.   A good personal injury attorney should be able to help you if you’ve been injured in a car accident, a trucking accident, a motorcycle accident, a bicycle accident, a fall down defective stairs, slipping on a wet floor, or even from a dog bite.

What You Can Expect From an Injury Attorney

You should expect a good personal injury lawyer to, at least, (i) meet with you in person, (ii) take time to understand how your injuries occurred; (iii) understand the nature and extent of your injuries; (iv) explain to you your rights for the repair or replacement of your vehicle and your rights to have your medical bills paid; (v) return your telephone calls when you have questions; (vi) keep you informed on the progress of your case; and (vii) be your advocate for justice.

After meeting with a personal injury attorney, he should be able to let you know if you have a very good case and whether he  is willing to help you with your case.  With most personal injury lawyers, the initial consultation is free of charge.  If you decide to hire a personal injury lawyer, most of them work on a contingency fee basis which means that they don’t get paid unless you recover some money.

Supreme Court Building.

Suing for Property Damage in Small Claims Court

If my vehicle has been damaged in an automobile accident in Utah, can I sue in small claims court for the damage to my vehicle and then hire a personal injury attorney to sue for my injuries at a later date?  Before April 1, 2013, if you sued to recover damage to your vehicle and did not include your claim for your injuries in that lawsuit, you lost your right to sue for your personal injuries.  In Allen v. Moyer, 259 P.3d 1049 (Utah 2011), the Utah Supreme Court held that because a car accident gave rise to only one cause of action, a person who sued in small claims court to recover for damages to his vehicle was precluded from filing a separate lawsuit to recover damages for his personal injuries.  Allen v. Moyer involved a car crash that occurred in 2008.  Two weeks after the crash, the injured person sued in small claims court to recover damages for the property damage done to his car.  He obtained a $4,831.50 judgment for property damage.  About 6 months after the small claims judgment was paid, the injured person sued in district court for his personal injuries.  The Defendant’s insurer filed a summary judgment motion arguing claim preclusion.  The Utah Supreme Court agreed and dismissed the injured person’s personal injury claim.

Apparently in response to the Allen v. Moyer decision, the legislature amended Utah Code § 78A-8-102 to now allow an injured person to file a claim for his property damage in small claims court without jeopardizing his right to sue for personal injuries later.  This statute states, in relevant part:    “(5) Claims involving property damage to a motor vehicle may be maintained in small claims actions, and any removal or appeal thereof, without limiting the ability of a plaintiff to make a claim for bodily injury against the same defendant in a separate legal action.  In the event that property damage claim is brought as a small claims action:  (a) any liability decision in an original small claims action or appeal thereof is not binding in any separate legal action for bodily injury; and (b) no additional property damage claims can be brought in any separate legal action for bodily injury.”

Before filing a lawsuit in small claims court to recover for the damage to your vehicle caused in an automobile accident, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer to make certain that you understand your legal rights and that you are fairly and adequately compensated for your injuries.

Truman Law Firm, Your St. George and Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer

Two Vehicle accident at a busy intersection

Steer Clear of Dangerous Drivers — Those Rule Breakers Who Put All in Harms Way

According to the October, 2013 issue of Consumer Report, Highway traffic deaths were up in 2012.  1,700 more people were killed on our roads in 2012 than in the prior year.  The causes of these deaths were (i) unbealted occupants (12,872 deaths); (ii) speeding (9,944 deaths); (iv) drunken driving (9,878 deaths) and (v) distracted driving (3,331 deaths).  The Consumer Report suggested 5 ways to steer clear of dangerous drivers:  1.  “Be ready for the unexpected. Stay alert and drive cautiously.  Use your mirrors to stay aware of what’s going on around your vehicle at all times.”  2.  “Give other drivers plenty of space.  Don’t drive too close to a vehicle in front or right next to one for an extended time. Leaving room will give you more time to react if something goes wrong.”  3.  “Hone your skills.  Consider taking a defensive-driving or car-control course.  They help teach you how to control your vehicle in emergency situations, such as when swerving to avoid an obstacle or another vehicle and how to recover if your car starts going out of control.”  4.  “Avoid driving at the deadliest times.  In 2011 more fatal crashes occurred in the early morning hours of Saturdays and Sundays than at any other time.  Not only did fatalities peak at around 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., but most of those accidents involved drunken driving, including a whopping 72 percent of the crashes that occurred around 2 a.m. on Saturdays.”  5.  “Report erratic, dangerous behavior.  Pull over and call 911 to alert the police, especially if you can give a good description of the car or a license plate number.”

Truman Law Firm, Your St. George and Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer.  We are here to help you with your accident or injury claim every step of the way.