On Wednesday July 7, 2010 at about 8:00 AM at 8250 South Jaguar Drive in West Jordan a driver of a truck failed to yield the right of way to woman on a scooter. The woman was traveling on 2700 West and the truck was making a left turn. The Deseret News reports “He [the truck driver] said he didn't even see her,” quoting West Jordan Police Sgt. Jeff Jewkes. Apparently the woman's brakes locked up while she was trying to avoid the truck and she slid under the truck. The truck did not pass over her but she was dragged for about 10 feet according to ABC 4 News.
According to KSL “This is a situation where the scooter probably actually saved her life because it stopped the truck from going over top of her — stopped the wheels,” quoting Capt. Dan Gallagher with the West Jordan Police Department. The woman was flown to the hospital as a precaution. The driver of the truck was cited.
I have handled other cases where motorcycle and scooter riders have been struck by trucks and pinned underneath. It is always a terrifying experience – especially for the pinned rider but also for the driver of the truck. No one means to do the harm they create but non-the-less there is terrific damage done. The job of physicians is to help the victim recover physically. The job of the victim's attorney is to help the victim recover financially. This woman will be compensated for her medical expenses, lost wages while she recovers and for the pain and suffering – both physically and emotionally. My sympathies are with her and her family.
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