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Strawberry, UT (October 01, 2022) – The Department of Public Safety has identified the driver who died on Monday, September 26th when her car was hit by a tractor-trailer near Starvation Reservoir.

At about 4:30 p.m., the victim, 82-year-old Hao M. Kuo, a resident of Cottonwood Heights, was struck by an empty tractor-trailer in the eastbound lanes of State Route 40, near mile marker 40, as she made a lefthand turn off of Strawberry Road. 

Kuo died at the scene. Her passenger, an 82-year-old man, was airlifted from the scene in serious condition. 

The driver of the tractor-trailer was unharmed. 

The roadway was closed in both directions for around three hours while the crash was investigated. 

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

Trucking Accidents in Utah

Most people believe that, due to their specialized training, truck drivers act more responsibly and safely than those who drive passenger vehicles, and, at least in theory, this is true.  

Truck drivers have a huge duty of care when it comes to transporting heavy and oftentimes dangerous cargo. They are subjected to strict and methodical training in order to learn the various parts of the truck and understand how to safely transport the materials they carry. Unfortunately, hundreds of people are still severely injured or killed every year in Utah because of a truck driver’s irresponsibility. 

Some common behaviors that lead to serious tractor-trailer accidents include: 

  • Distraction
  • Fatigue/Lack of sleep
  • Drunk and/or drugged driving
  • Speeding/Reckless driving
  • Vehicle defects/Improper maintenance

We understand that the healing process after a Utah truck crash injury often takes months or even years depending on its severity. 

The law says you are owed compensation for your hospital bills, lost income, property damage, and emotional trauma. Our Utah truck accident lawyers will review the police report, investigate the driver, and question any eyewitnesses to develop a full understanding of how the accident happened. 

The Salt Lake City truck accident attorneys at Jardine Law Offices P. C., work hard to ensure their clients see justice done by effectively securing the full amount of compensation as supported by their claims. If you were injured in a Utah truck accident, contact our Utah tractor-trailer accident attorneys at (801) 350-3506 to schedule a free claim evaluation and find out how we can help you.

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.