Dog Bite Attorney

A dog bite attorney may sound unnecessary to many individuals, but the truth of the matter is that there are many vicious dogs around that can cause severe injury to any person. The dog bite attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm are working diligently to educate the public about victim’s rights so that these attacks won’t continue to go unreported and unresolved. There are many pet owners who are unaware or unwilling to recognize the potential their pet has to injure others. Negligence and unawareness gives the opportunity for any pet or pet owner to be faced with a dog bite situation. Usually it is the dog owner’s responsibility and their fault that the injury occurred. 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. Pit bulls are one of the most dangerous dog breeds in America. Another 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...

Driver Charged With Homicide After Driving Into A House

Saturday afternoon a driver crashed into a house, leaving two passengers dead. The driver, Christopher Youngblood, has since been charged with two counts of automobile homicide, according to Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. Hoyal believes that speed and alcohol were both contributing factors to the crash ending in the death of the driver’s sister and her husband. The sister and husband were in the back seat when the car, driving south on 5600 West began swerving, crossed over the northbound lanes and then hit a cement wall and a house at Highwood Drive. There was no one in the house at the time of the accident. Dye was ejected from the car after the accident. Driving under the influence of alcohol greatly decreases your ability to drive safely. Having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more is considered driving while over the limit. There is a difference between that and driving under the influence. According to DMV.org a person can “receive a DUI conviction if their driving was merely impaired by drugs or alcohol—whether or not a chemical test showed their BAC was above the legal limit.” Utah’s specific DUI law allows courts to convict you of a DUI if they can show you were under the influence, whether a blood, urine or breath alcohol test shows it or not. For instance, if your BAC is below 0.08% but you show impairment while trying to walk a straight line you can still be convicted of a DUI. When you drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs you sacrifice your alertness and motor co-ordination. You will...

Failure to yield leads to intersection accident

An intersection accident occurred Monday night in Salt Lake City when a man crossed the street without waiting for the light and was struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian, believed to a Swedish tourist, did not have the right of way while crossing at 500 S and 200 W and received serious injuries to his head and leg. The man lost but regained consciousness at the scene of the accident and was transported to the hospital in critical condition; he is expected to fully recover. He was accompanied by another male, who managed to jump back and elude the oncoming vehicle. Intersection Accidents and Pedestrians While it is currently unknown why this particular individual chose to cross when he did this is an important time for drivers and pedestrians to remember their obligations.  The Utah Driver Handbook states that,”Pedestrians have the right-of-way at intersections, whether or not the crosswalks are marked by painted white lines.  You [the driver] must yield when a pedestrian is on or near the half of the roadway you are traveling. The law requires that drivers do everything possible to keep from hitting pedestrians” (pg. 35). The handbook also states that if there are signals indicating to WALK or DON’T WALK , pedestrians must obey the signals (pg. 36). As in this particular accident, intersection accidents involving pedestrians can occur when he/she fails to yield to the proper hand signals. Drivers need to be aware of their obligation to constantly be on the look out for pedestrians when in an area where cross walks are present.  Likewise, pedestrians must be aware of their obligation to follow signals and make...