One Dead and One Critically Injured After Auto-Ped Accident

Friday a man and his wife were hit on the side of a Davis County road. The two were hit at the intersection of Mountain Road and Northridge Road in Fruit Heights. The Kaysville couple was in their 40s. The husband was declared dead while being transported to a hospital and his wife was last reported as being in critical condition. There was a snowstorm at the time of the accident. Police officials said that the couple was on the side of the road, pulled over and standing outside of their car when an oncoming SUV hit their car and pinned Seegmiller. Police said that the driver of the SUV couldn’t see the two outside of their car when they were hit. Driving during extreme winter conditions can lead to decreased visibility, which can be the cause of many types of accidents. When you are driving during a snowstorm there are precautions you should take to help increase the safety of yourself, your family and those around you. Weather.com gives tips for driving safely in snow and ice covered roads. “The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. It’s helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you’re familiar with how your car handles. “ “Driving safely on icy roads” 1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you. 2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease...

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers: A Word to the Wise

A fact that most motorists would not recognize and certainly not care to admit is that 80% of multi-vehicle accidents involving a motorcyclist are not the fault of the rider. Regardless of this fact, motorcyclists are continually stereotyped against, perhaps as many incorrectly associate the choice to ride a bike, and thus put oneself greater in harm’s way, as being responsible for the accident. In truth, because motorcycles are smaller than vehicles and thus are less obvious to a driver’s eye, common occurrences such as changing lanes can become fatal situations, most often for the innocent motorcyclist. In seeking to protect motorcyclists, we work to encourage bikers to do all they can to protect themselves against the increasingly unwary and distracted driver. Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Advocate for Constant Vigilance According to the Hurt Report, which has been called “the most comprehensive motorcycle safety study of the 20th century,” 92% of those involved in motorcycle accidents were either self-taught or taught by friends or family. The statistics show that when you choose to take motorcycle training into your own hands, you are less inclined to know how to react when a driver chooses to put your safety at risk. Formal motorcycle training serves to help bikers react instinctively in perilous road situations. Although this is not a requirement by law in order to get motorcycle license, the advantages are many. The most important by-product of a formal training course is the know-how that will allow motorcycle drivers, who are certainly more susceptible to greater harm in the event of an accident, to react well and thus ensure their own safety. Besides...

Three Seriously Injured After Train/Car Accident

An accident Monday involving a commuter-rail train and a vehicle left three hospitalized. The train was traveling north between Old Mill Lane and 600 West. Authorities initially believed that there had been multiple cars involved in the accident but later found that this was not true. Utah Transit Authority spokesman, Gerry Carpenter said the following, “There was a second vehicle, but there was no one in it. That vehicle sustained some secondary damage from the collision, but the car (that was struck) was on the tracks and was obstructing the tracks when it was struck by the train.” An investigation was ongoing, inquiring as to why the car was on the tracks during the accident. Kaysville Police Capt. Brent Ward said that there were witnesses, but that their stories had been conflicting. Three people were injured, two were in serious condition and one was critically injured. A mother, her two children and the 34-year-old woman were the victims who suffered the worst injuries. The one-year-old child was taken to Primary Children’s Hospital and the 5-year-old was taken to McKay-Dee and they both are supposed to be released Monday. Driving across tracks can be a dangerous trek. If you find yourself caught on tracks then there are only a few options you have. Triblocal.com wrote an article on what to do if you are ever caught on train tracks. According to the article, “federal law states that trains have a minimum of 20 seconds to reach an intersection once the crossing arms go down and bells sound.” Chip Pew, state coordinator for Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit dedicated to reducing fatalities...

Bicyclist Killed Waiting For TRAX Train.

A bicyclist fell off of a TRAX platform Monday and was killed by a train. A TRAX train was heading westbound from the platform at 1740 W. Research Way. It doesn’t seem to be clear yet what caused the man to fall but West Valley Police Sgt Mike Powell did advice citizens to, “Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid distractions—wearing headphones with loud music, talking on the phone, texting. Be aware of what’s going on.” The bicyclist’s death is the fifth fatality involving a TRAX this year. Rideutah.com published some safety tips for living and existing near TRAX lines, they suggest the following: • Be aware trains do not follow set schedules. Any Time is Train Time! • The train you see is closer and faster moving than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks. • Today’s trains are quieter than ever, producing no telltale “clackety-clack.” Any approaching train is always closer, moving faster, than you think. • Stay alert around railroad tracks. No texting, headphones or other distractions that would prevent you from hearing an approaching train; never mix rails and recreation. You may not think that waiting for a train would be a dangerous time, but there is always danger present when you are around high-speed transportation. Following the above recommendations could significantly decrease this danger. No matter how safe you are, ometimes accidents are unavoidable. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call the Utah personal injury attorneysat the Christensen Law Firm. They can help you to navigate...