Global Networks:

The Harmonie Group
The Harmonie Group

The Harmonie Group is an international network of defense firms with contacts throughout North America and Europe. For more info visit The Harmonie Group, or contact SCM Attorney Andrew M. Morse

Law Firm Alliance
Law Firm Alliance

Law Firm Alliance provides access to over 3,000 member firm lawyers' worldwide. For more info visit Law Firm Alliance, or contact SCM Attorney Bradley R. Blackham.


Snow Trial Services

Providing mock trials, juror focus groups, trial case evaluations and other trial consultation services.

Liability Insurance Coverage for Drivers Who Cause Injuries While Suddenly Incapacitated

In questions certified by the United States District Court for the District of Utah, the Utah Supreme Court in Lancer Ins. Co. v. Lake Shore Motor Coach Lines, Inc., 2017 UT 8 (Utah Feb. 15, 2017) held that Utah Code Ann. Sec. 31A-22-303(l) required motor vehicle insurers to cover drivers who cause injuries because of sudden incapacitation on a strict liability basis.  The High Court found that the statute abrogated the state’s common-law “sudden incapacity” defense in which an incapacitated driver could raise incapacity as an affirmative defense, and injured parties could only recover under a showing of fault.  The insurer would only be liable to cover such injuries up to the amount available by the applicable automobile liability policy. 

For more information contact: Richard A. Vazquez

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