Driving Under The Influence Knows No Boundaries

A landscape company worker was mowing the lawn Tuesday on Salt Lake’s 1300 South near the 2100 East intersection when a car hit him. The driver of the vehicle, 60-year-old Arlene Hinich was driving west when she suddenly veered into the man. He was initially transported to the hospital in an ambulance but was later found to have suffered minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. Authorities who arrived at the scene performed a field sobriety test on Hinich and later conducted a blood test. According to Salt Lake police detective Cary Wichmann, she was then booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of driving under the influence. Driving under the influence is a risk that is not worth taking. When you drive under the influence of alcohol you are trying to function under the influence of a depressant drug which slows down your brain and body, which is why your alertness and motor coordination are reduced. You are incapable of reacting as quick as necessary to properly handle situations on the road. Not only is your reaction time affected but your entire sensory system, that is imperative to safe driving, is also affected. Often those under the influence of alcohol suffer from blurred or doubled vision. This alters your depth perception, making it extremely difficult to tell where other vehicles, pedestrians and other roadway objects are. Other prescription drugs are also depressant drugs. They can be prescription drugs like sedatives, painkillers, and any other drug that causes drowsiness including some cough, cold and allergy medications. Think ahead and find someone to drive you...

Conference Held To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

The Utah Department of Health held a press conference called “Zero Fatalities,” in an attempt to persuade teens to drive safer. In 2010 alone, 25 Utah teens died in car crashes. The families of these teens were present during the conference and spoke about their children. More Utah teens between the ages of 13 and 19 are killed every year in motor vehicle crashes than any other cause of death, according to the Utah Department of Health. These numbers have decreased significantly in the last ten years. In 1999 56 teens died compared to the 25 in 2010. There are many ways to prevent teenage driving accidents. The Utah Department of Health recommends schools implement policies that set out clear consequences for students who do not use seatbelts or have bad driving records. They also suggest restricting distractions like cell phones, mp3 players, food, loud music and friends. Driving is a serious responsibility that can have even more serious consequences. Encourage your teens to minimize distractions and practice safe driving. If you or a loved one has been in an accident caused by distracted driving the attorneys at Christensen Law Firm can help. Call us today at 801-506-0800 to find out what options are available to you....

Woman Critically Injured After Three-Car Accident

An accident is under investigation after a 40-year-old woman was hit and later hospitalized in critical condition. The three-car accident began when, according to Salt Lake city police detective Cary Wichman, the woman was traveling east on 800 South and was hit by a Toyota 4-Runner heading south on 1100 East. The driver of the 4-Runner ran a stop sign at the intersection and crossed over a median and then hit the woman’s Mini Cooper. The 4-Runner then rolled and collided with a Mercedes that was stopped at a stop sign on 1100 East. The two individuals in the Mercedes were not injured and neither was the driver of the 4-Runner or his 9-year-old passenger. Wichmann reported that the woman in the Mini Cooper was seriously injured and was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System analyzed their databases to find out what proportion of accidents were caused “due to signal and stop sign violations.” They found that in 1999 and 2000 13,627 fatal accidents occurred at stop signs. Running a stop sign is just as serious as running a red light at a traffic signal. Lights and signs are posted to organize roadways and prevent accidents. Trust is placed in traffic lights and signs and trust is placed in other drivers to understand their meaning and follow it. When this chain of trust is broken, accidents can follow, for when a driver has the right-of-way he/she feels secure enough to drive through an intersection, often without making sure that another car is not coming. Drivers need to always be aware of their situation....

Teen driver killed in crash

A 17-year-old female driver was killed Monday afternoon in West Jordan in a T-bone car accident. The accident occurred on New Bingham Highway near 5100 W where police say the teen driver pulled out in front of a pickup trick.The pickup T-boned the teen’s vehicle, causing immediate and fatal injuries to the young driver. Neither of the two passengers in the pickup truck sustained major injuries. We express our condolences to the family and friends of the young woman killed in the crash. Teens on the Road It is well known that teen drivers have the highest average annual crash and traffic violation rate throughout the United States, and that traffic crashes are the leading killer of American teens. According to the 2008 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), 15 young drivers and 6 of their passengers were killed in Utah car accidents. There are several reasons for which teen drivers are more prone to accidents than other demographics. Several of these focus around a teen’s sense of overconfidence and invulnerability, including not wearing seat belts, risk taking, driving under the influence of substances, and poor decision making due to inexperience. One of the most interesting statistics is this: A teen’s relative risk of crash increases as the number of passengers in the vehicle increases. This is due to peer pressure, and is especially prevalent when young male drivers have young male passengers.  ...

Teen Pedestrian Hit By Car

A car hit a 15-year-old girl in West Jordan Monday morning in front of Heartland Elementary School. The girl, whose name was not released, was walking across a crosswalk at 6:50am in dark clothing when the car hit her. There was no crossing guard on duty during that time. “The combination of heavy traffic, dark intersection, dark clothing, and a fast-moving pedestrian caused the accident,” said Sgt. Drew Sanders of the West Jordan Police Department. Though, at this time her injuries are not believed to be life threatening, she is in serious condition. According to walkinginfo.org in 2009 there were 59,000 reported pedestrian injuries, which comes out to about one every 9 minutes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiled a list of why pedestrian accidents occur. About 11% of these injuries, like in the case of this 15-year-old teen pedestrian, stated visibility as a contributing factor. A pedestrian can be hidden from the view of a driver in many different ways; physical objects, like a car or a sign, bad weather conditions such as rain or snow and decreased visibility during certain times of the day that include, early morning, late afternoon and night. It is important that during these conditions pedestrians take extra precautions while walking among road traffic. You cannot just assume that because there is a crosswalk all drivers will notice you walking into the middle of the street. Take the time to make sure that a driver sees you before proceeding. Pedestrian accidents are all too common but that doesn’t make the legal process any more simple. If you or a loved one has...