Salt Lake City, UT (July 12, 2022) – A fiery rollover accident that incited a grassfire left three people with injuries in Salt Lake County on Monday, July 11th.
According to sources, a trooper from the Utah Highway Patrol had just stopped and cited the adult male driver of an SUV for speeding in the southbound lanes of Interstate 215 at about 8:00 a.m.
After receiving his citation, the SUV’s driver and his two passengers continued heading south on I-215. A short while later, he lost control of his vehicle, causing it to overturn.
The rollover took place on the exit ramp connecting the southbound lanes of the interstate to the westbound lanes of State Route 201.
The driver was thrown from the vehicle. He was transferred by ambulance to an area hospital in critical condition.
His two passengers sustained non-critical injuries. Both are expected to survive.
Troopers reported that the crash ignited a grassfire in the field adjacent to the ramp. Fire crews were dispatched to extinguish the flames.
Sections of southbound I-215 and the ramp to westbound SR-201 were temporarily closed off as firefighters doused the fire and troopers cleared the scene.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Pursuing economic recovery for damages can be a little bit tricky when you were not the driver in a vehicle collision. When you are a passenger, and the vehicle you are riding in is involved in a crash, there are a few options available to you as you seek compensation for your injuries.
The first stage of the process is the same as it would be for the driver after any property damage has been handled, and that is to utilize Personal Injury Protection coverage.
In Utah, state law requires every vehicle insurance policy to carry a minimum of $3,000 in personal injury protection coverage for every passenger in every accident. This PIP coverage is derived from the insurance policy on the vehicle. In terms of recovery, you should always look to the insurer of the vehicle you were riding in when the accident occurred, no matter if you were the owner and driver of the vehicle, you borrowed the vehicle and were driving it, or you were a passenger in a vehicle driven by the owner or the person who borrowed it.
Regardless of the circumstance, Personal Injury Protection will be used first and will cover at least the initial $3,000 of medical costs for each passenger in every collision.
In the event that the passenger has not recovered by the time the PIP runs out, they will then have a bodily injury claim against the negligent driver.
After being injured in a vehicle crash that was not your fault, contact a Utah personal injury attorney at Jardine Law Offices P.C. by calling (801) 350-3506 to schedule a free case review and learn how we can help you.
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