Archive for July, 2011

Salt Lake Car Accident Lawyer's Take On Sink Hole Fatality

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Salt Lake car accident lawyers often represent victims of accidents caused by the negligence of others, but finding a liable party may be difficult in the case of a sink hole related fatality. Heavy rains caused a large sink hole to open up on a Utah highway. The road collapsed into a 40 ft wide, 30 ft deep hole that caused Michael Barneck to crash his SUV. The driver’s 15-year old daughter, Justine Barneck, was tragically lost in the crash.

Accidents Represented By Salt Lake Car Accident Lawyers

It is unclear if there is a liable party in the case of this unfortunate disaster. The Utah Department of Transportation may be liable for negligent construction of the highway, but the heavy rain storm may also have been too much for the road even if it was properly constructed. A Salt Lake car accident lawyer would have to investigate the case more thoroughly to determine whether or not there was negligence on the state’s part. Typically, Salt Lake car accident lawyers represent victims of accidents caused by the identifiable negligence of reckless or dangerous drivers. In this particular case, it is difficult to tell what role a Salt Lake car accident lawyer could play in assisting the Barneck family without a more specific knowledge of the facts.

Call A Salt Lake Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another, a Salt Lake car accident lawyer can help you recover the damages you deserve. With the help of a Salt Lake car accident, you can recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and other damages. The Salt Lake car accident lawyers of the Christensen law firm are professional and honest. They will give you their honest evaluation of your case and make all the available legal options clear to you. Call (801) 506-0800 for a free consultation and find out what a Salt Lake car accident lawyer can do for you.

Salt Lake Car Accident Lawyer’s Take On Sink Hole Fatality

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Salt Lake car accident lawyers often represent victims of accidents caused by the negligence of others, but finding a liable party may be difficult in the case of a sink hole related fatality. Heavy rains caused a large sink hole to open up on a Utah highway. The road collapsed into a 40 ft wide, 30 ft deep hole that caused the crash of an SUV, and the driver’s daughter was tragically lost in the crash.

Accidents Represented By Salt Lake Car Accident Lawyers

It is unclear if there is a liable party in the case of this unfortunate disaster. The Utah Department of Transportation may be liable for negligent construction of the highway, but the heavy rain storm may also have been too much for the road even if it was properly constructed. A Salt Lake car accident lawyer would have to investigate the case more thoroughly to determine whether or not there was negligence on the state’s part. Typically, Salt Lake car accident lawyers represent victims of accidents caused by the identifiable negligence of reckless or dangerous drivers. In this particular case, it is difficult to tell what role a Salt Lake car accident lawyer could play in assisting the family without a more specific knowledge of the facts.

Call A Salt Lake Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another, a Salt Lake car accident lawyer can help you recover the damages you deserve. With the help of a Salt Lake car accident, you can recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and other damages. The Salt Lake car accident lawyers of the Christensen law firm are professional and honest. They will give you their honest evaluation of your case and make all the available legal options clear to you. Call (801) 506-0800 for a free consultation and find out what a Salt Lake car accident lawyer can do for you.

Italian Study Says Sleep Problems Increase the Risk of Teen Crashes

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

An Italian study published in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine shows that poor sleep quality increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents in teenagers. Findings show that young drivers were twice as likely to have had a crash if they experienced sleepiness while driving.

Fabio Cirignotta, lead author of the study and professor of neurology at the University of Bologna, said that the only efficient means to fight drowsiness is to find a safe place and nap for at least 10 minutes. Drinking coffee, rolling down the window, and listening to music are all temporary, and essentially, useless, according to Cirignotta.

Teens Deprived of Sleep

According to a self-administered questionnaire submit by the teenagers studied, an average teen needs approximately 9 hours of sleep each night. For various reasons, teens reported only getting about 7 hours of sleep per weekday night. Chronic sleep loss and poor sleep quality also affects the alertness of drivers, as 45% of teens reported waking in the night with difficulty falling back asleep and 40% having difficulties awaking in the morning.

Sleeping and Accident Prevention

Teens who have enough sleep can avoid severe injuries from vehicular crashes. An Australian study called the Sustained Wakefulness and Performance study by Lamond and Dawson documents that sleep loss can be similar or worse than alcohol intoxication.

However research shows serious benefits to proper sleeping habits. During sleep, the brain and many body organs are able to relax and recover. With proper sleep recovery from illnesses is speed up; accidents are prevented, and sleep can defend against potential heart attacks.

Contact a Utah Drowsy Driving Lawyers

Combining driving with sleep deprivation can prove fatal. In the ill-fated event that a drowsy driver injures you in a Utah accident, contact the Utah drowsy driving lawyers at the Christensen Law Firm for a free consultation at 801.506.0800.

 

 

Utah Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The confusing nature of the legal system often leaves individuals wondering under what circumstances one should hire a lawyer. Sometimes, victims of an accident may be too intimidated by the complexity of the legal world to hire an attorney. Others may try to hire a lawyer when there is no need for legal representation. At the Christensen & Hymas Law Firm, we believe that knowledge is power, thus the following information should serve to illuminate some of the complexities relating to bicycle accident cases and thus help you in the future.

A Breakdown of Statutes of Limitations

One of the most important issues in any bicycle accident is the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the window during which a lawyer can bring your case to court. The specific statute of limitations for most cases is 4 years; there are, however, some exceptions. For example, if the liable party is a government office, the statute of limitations is only 1 year. Due to the statute of limitations it is important for you to file your case with a Utah bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Failing to do so may jeopardize your potential to receive financial and other compensation for your injuries. Accident cases can go on for months, and even years, so if you have been injured in a bicycle accident, we strongly recommend you talk with one of our Utah bicycle accident lawyers immediately.

Contact a Utah Bicycle Accident Lawyer

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for a variety of damages. It is essential to the welfare of your case that you contact a lawyer today to find out what you need to do to ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Call us today at (801) 506-0800 for a free consultation.

Car Crashes Into House Yard In West Valley

Friday, July 1st, 2011

A woman lost control of her car and ended up on the lawn of a West Valley City home June 21. Police say the woman was driving too fast on Benview Drive, slammed into two parked cars and came to a stop on the lawn. The woman’s car caught fire but a neighbor was able to extinguish the flames. The incident is under investigation.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are involved in traffic crashes in the state of Utah. Speed played a part in almost one-fifth of Utah car accidents that resulted in deaths, with substance intoxication also playing a part in one-third of the accidents. Other causes of car crashes include poor driving skills, driver distractions, and substandard vehicles. It is estimated that the financial cost of these accidents in America is $230 billion, roughly the cost of constructing 45 airports in China or the US Social Security annual surplus for 2010.

This cost is too large for something that could be prevented by simply obeying the law by following speed limits or exercising common sense and choosing not to drive while under the influence of alcohol or other substances. Americans must choose to exercise more caution in operating motor vehicles, as sadly too many lives are lost each year and too much money is spent due to vehicular negligence.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a serious vehicular accident, contact one of our Utah car accident attorneys at the Christensen & Hymas Law Firm at 801.506.0800. Our Utah car accident lawyers are experienced, competent, and considerate. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.


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