Archive for September, 2011

Logan Man Saved by Courageous Bystanders

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

A 21-year old motorcyclist was saved Monday morning after onlookers pulled him from beneath a burning car. Brandon Wright was unable to stop his bike after a BMW sedan pulled out in front of him on a busy street, forcing him to lay down his motorcycle and landing him beneath the vehicle. Both car and bike caught flame, pinning the young man. A group of construction workers and students, aware of the situation, crowded around one side of the vehicle, lifted it, and pulled the cyclist out from under the car. As of Monday evening, the man was listed in critical condition and is being treated at the Intermountain Medical Center.

We hope for a swift recovery for Mr. Wright. We especially applaud the courage and swift action of the watchful bystanders, whose actions saved this young man’s life. They risked their own lives and safety, subjected not only to the burning car they lifted, but also to the burning bike whose explosion threatened to coincide with the explosion of the vehicle.

Motorcycles and the Law

In such accidents, motorcyclists almost always receive the brunt of the damage. 75% of motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle, usually a car, and one need not guess which party receives the greatest injury. Motorcyclists are also 30 times more likely to die as a result of an accident than drivers of other vehicles.

Furthermore, as proved by this particular case, fault is no respecter of persons. Although Mr. Wright was likely not at fault in this particular instance, he certainly received the greater injury. Motorcyclists are always the party at greatest risk, thus they must find ways to protect themselves, both through helmet use and following recommended motorcycle safety courses. Motorcyclists must be proactive in the pursuit of greater safety, and be constantly vigilant while riding on commercial roads.

Motorcycle Expertise

For those motorcyclists who are involved in a collision, you need a representative who understands the law as it relates to you. The motorcycle attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm have written the book on how you can protect yourself in such an event. Contact them at (801) 506-0800 for a free consultation.

 

 

 

Pit Bulls On The Attack: Could You Be Next?

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

A 14-year-old boy was attacked by a pit bull on Tuesday while going to a church function. The boy and his 5-year-old brother were walking together when the pit bull ran away from its owner and “aggressively” approached the 5-year-old. His brother immediately stepped in to protect him and that is when the dog bit him.

Animal control has been involved in the investigation and believes that they know who the owner of the dog is and where he lives.

This is not the only dog bite attack that has occurred recently. Just last month another young boy and his grandfather were also attacked by pit bulls while walking in their neighborhood in the Salt Lake area. These two suffered more severe injuries that included reconstructive surgery.

Dog bite injuries are a serious issue. In 2010, 33 dog attacks resulted in death. 20 of those deaths were children and 13 were adults. That is too high a number for something that is entirely preventable.

In both of these incidents the dogs involved were pit bulls. This is because pit bulls are one of the most dangerous dog breeds in America. The other breed to make this list is the Rottweiler. DogsBite.org did a study between 2005 and 2010 and found that these two dog breeds were responsible for 71% of all fatal attacks. Pit bulls, however, are the more dangerous of the two. The fatal attacks involving pit bulls and any mix of the breed, more than doubles that of Rottweiler’s.

Pit bulls are genetically built for attacks and that is why they are the top choice for dog fighting. They are known for surprise attacks, which means that there is no warning before they attack someone or something. They also have a lethal bite style called the hold and shake.

All dogs are capable of turning violent and it is up to the owners to carefully watch their dog while in public and at home. Dogs need to be securely restrained when around other people to prevent incidents like these. All people should be aware of the risks of certain breeds and how to handle an attack if it happens. If your children are frequently out on the streets alone then they also need to be taught what to do and what to look out for.

The dog bite attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm offer The Utah Dog Bite & Attack Handbook free of charge to Utah citizens in an attempt to educate the public. Get your free copy today at utahaccidentbooks.com. If you or a loved one has been injured in an attack like this call the dog bite attorneys at Christensen Law Firm to find out what options are available to you. Call today at 801-506-0800.

 

 

 

Local Helicopter Crash Makes Heroes of Bystanders

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

A 12-minute hired flight turned into a nightmare on Saturday when a passenger partially fell out of the craft and then was crushed on the ground when the helicopter crashed on top of him. The boy was on the flight with his mother who was also seriously injured, along with the pilot of the helicopter.

The lives of the three involved in the crash were saved thanks to citizens who saw what was happening and immediately ran to help move the helicopter off of the boy and pull the mother and pilot out of the craft. One of the bystanders was a former sheriff’s deputy who is now a pilot himself. He saw what happened and realized that the boy was still alive and ran to the scene with other private citizens to begin the rescue effort; and it was an intensely successful effort.

All three people involved sustained injuries ranging from internal issues to broken bones but are alive and stable. The cause of the engine trouble that led to the crash is still unknown. The problems began in route and led the pilot to cut the power and manually land the helicopter. The attempted landing is what tipped the helicopter and caused the boy to partially fall from inside.

While a tragedy, this copter crash was an opportunity for bystanders to step up and show that we can count on our fellow man to come to our rescue when the need arises. In a time of news about murder by our own neighbors it is refreshing to read a story in which everyday people made a great difference in the lives of perfect strangers.

Sometimes the difference between life and death or permanent injury can be mere minutes. No one will ever know what the outcome of this accident would have been had the bystanders stood there waiting for emergency services instead of running to help.

Pulling someone out from under a crashed helicopter or car is not the only way you can help those who have been injured in an accident. Sometimes the results of an accident do not end just because you have left the scene. Encourage those you meet and love to call the attorneys at Christensen Law Firm to find out what compensation could be available to them. Contact us today at 801-506-0800.