Utah Woman Killed in Multi-Car Accident on I-15
Kristen Kay Taylor, 25, of Salt Lake City was tragically killed in a multi-vehicle accident on Wednesday afternoon of March 10, 2010. Utah Highway Patrol reports that the heavy snow storm over I-15 near Cedar City created such limited visibility that a serious of catastrophic car accidents took place within minutes.
Facts of What Caused the Fatal Car Crash
13 vehicles were involved in 3 separate car collisions that tragic afternoon alone. Ms. Taylor was a victim of the second accident. The first crash involved two vehicles and two tractor-trailers. Five cars stopped for the initial car accident. Ms Taylor, driving a Kia Spectra, stopped behind a tractor-trailer but the semi truck driving behind her did not stop in time. The semi truck struck Ms. Taylor’s Kia with enough force to smash it against the semi in front of her. A third car then hit the semi, causing further damage.
Ms. Taylor was killed at the scene of the car accident. Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Cameron Roden stated in a Salt Lake Tribune report that the male passenger in the Kia, believed to be Ms. Taylor’s fiancée, was seriously injured and his arm amputated may have to be amputated. He was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Several passengers and drivers of the multi-car crash were also taken to the hospital for medical treatment.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friend who loved and knew Kristen Kay Taylor. I will keep them in my prayers as they go through the difficult grieving process of losing a loved one so suddenly. I also pray for Ms. Taylor's finance that he may recover. I hope that the other injured victims heal from their injuries quickly and completely.
Fault and Liability
It appears that the driver of the semi truck is liable for the wrongful death of Ms. Taylor and the injuries to her passenger. The at-fault driver could be held liable for the accident, injuries and damages caused by his negligent driving behavior. The personal injury and wrongful death claims may be complex as the trucking agency is probably from out-of-state. A skilled wrongful death attorney has expertise dealing with national insurance companies and Utah Law. The experienced Salt Lake City personal injury attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm help Utah victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options so they can focus on healing from their tragic loss.
If you or a loved one has become a victim of a Utah accident or a wrongful death accident, feel free to contact the Christensen Law Firm for a FREE consultation at 801.506.0800.