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Cleveland, UT (May 23, 2022) – A resident of Emery County was arrested on Monday, May 23rd after investigators learned he struck two pedestrians with his truck, killing one of them, but then fled the scene without notifying police. 

On Sunday night, a deputy from the Emery County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a woman and man who had been hit by a truck in the 440th block of South Flat Road in Cleveland. 

According to a police booking affidavit, both victims were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, but the woman died from her injuries on the way. Her name has not yet been released.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.

Wrongful Deaths and Available Damages in Utah

There are many different circumstances that can lead to wrongful death, including situations where your loved one has been involved in a deadly car crash, fallen victim to medical malpractice, intentionally killed, or any other event resulting from someone’s negligence or malice.   

The most common kinds of wrongful deaths in Utah include:

  • Injuries and accidents: When an accident happens due to the reckless or negligent behavior of another person, a driver, poorly maintained roadways, a defective auto part, construction site accidents, and many other events, disastrous injuries can occur. If the negligence act contributed to the death of another person, a survival claim and wrongful death claim can be filed.
  • Medical malpractice: Medical malpractice takes place when the negligence of a nurse, surgeon, hospital, or other health care entity or provider has resulted in a patient’s death. Common examples include incorrect drug dosages, surgical errors, misdiagnoses, or delayed treatment. When a patient dies due to medical negligence, certain surviving family members may be entitled to file a wrongful death suit.
  • Defective or dangerous drugs: When a pharmaceutical company fails to provide adequate warnings to consumers and the Federal Drug Administration about the harmful effects of their medications, they are accountable for any injuries that occur as a result. In the event that a patient dies from taking a defective or dangerous medication, a wrongful death attorney can help you file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.   
  • Defective and dangerous products: Manufacturers are tasked with ensuring that their products are safe for consumers. When his duty is breached by their failure to warn against, report, or identify a defect in their product or danger inherent in its use, a liability suit can be filed. Should a consumer die from using a product with dangers or defects a manufacturer neglected to warn them about, a wrongful death claim can be brought against them.

There are many kinds of compensation available in survival and wrongful death suits including:

  • Loss of past and future companionship, love, comfort, society, advice, pleasure, protection, affection, and care 
  • Loss of past and future monetary aid
  • Reduction or loss of inheritance
  • The pain and suffering the deceased experienced due to their injury and subsequent death
  • Burial and funeral costs or the expense of cremation
  • Medical expenses associated with the decade’s injuries
  • Loss of income, which can include the projected future wages and benefits the deceased would have contributed to the household had they lived 
  • Benefits and assistance that would have been provided had they survived

Based on the circumstances surrounding the death, there could be more legal remedies available to surviving family members. A Utah wrongful death lawyer can determine which damages apply to your claim.

Let our attorneys attend to the complexities of the legal process while you and your family focus on healing. If you lost someone you love due to negligence, contact our wrongful death lawyers in Utah at 801-350-3506 to schedule a free case evaluation.

Notes: The details and information utilized to create this post were gathered through the use of secondary sources. The details surrounding this accident have not been independently verified by the writing staff at Jardine Law Offices. These sources include but are not limited to newspaper stories, local news sources, local and state police reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious accidents that take place in Farmington and Salt Lake City, Utah. If you locate any information that is inaccurate, please contact us right away so that we can update the post with the most accurate information available. If you would like the post to be removed, please let us know and we will remove it as soon as possible. 

Disclaimers: The attorneys at Jardine Law Offices have worked hard through the years to build a solid business reputation in the community. We write about these serious incidents to bring awareness about the dangers associated with driving in hopes that our fellow community members will use an abundance of caution when operating a motor vehicle and avoid being involved in a serious accident themselves. This story is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos used in this post are not taken from the scene of this accident.