Two Possible Methods of Preventing Drunk Driving

Two Possible Methods of Preventing Drunk Driving

Any news of drunk driving prevention measures is big news.  One example is found in Utah Representative David Butterfield, who has become a great advocate in protecting his constituents by pushing to discontinue DUI checkpoints all together in the state and replacing them with more patrols.  According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Rep. Butterfield believes more patrols will be a greater deterrent than DUI checkpoints.  As it stands now, in order to utilize a checkpoint, officers are required to receive a written approval from a judge containing the location and hours of operation.  On the other hand, in order to implement more patrols, no written approval or announcement of location or hours is required.  This is suspected to lead to more determent.  However, statistics have mixed results in either case leading to the need for more research. The Facts How big is our drunk driving problem in the United States?  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 people die in vehicular accidents involving alcohol consumption every day.  The following included by the CDC is a modified list of more facts to keep in mind in regards to drinking and driving: In 2009, 10,839 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, basically 1/3 of all traffic-related deaths that happen throughout the nation. Of the 1,314 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2009, 181 (14%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver. Of the 181 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2009, nearly half of the number were in the car of the person who had consumed...

2 Examples Of Why Utah Drunk Driving Accidents Are Not Unique

Drunk driving accidents occur all too often.  One only has to turn on the news to hear about an accident involving alcohol.  The fact is that alcohol-induced accidents are sweeping the country.  Utah drunk driving accidents are not unique, either.  Though the following two examples are from other states, the trend is clear: drunk driving accidents are common. 1. Drunk Driving In California Kills A 19 Year Old Anti-Drinking-and Driving One young girl was 19 when she was killed by a drunk driver.  She lived in Southern California while attending college.  Ironically, she was part of an anti-drinking-and-driving organization.  Her interest in the organization was due to the fact that her own mother was hit by a drunk driver; although the mother lived, her two best friends died in her arms.  These stories are touching and poignant. 2. Drunk Driving in Colorado Leaves An 8 Year Old Without Mother An 8 year old boy, was awarded $370,000 in a case against a drunk driver.  The driver and owner of the vehicle were sued by the young boy who lost his mother in the crash.  The money is a poor replacement for his mother, but it will help him in the difficult years ahead.  Utah Drunk Driving Accidents Drunk driving occurs too often.  It is important to know more about drinking and driving and what your rights are when involved in Utah drunk driving accidents. The Christensen Law Firm published a series of Utah accident books that may be utilized to gain more information about your rights concerning compensation due to you because of the wrongful actions of others. If...
Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Gives 5 Tips To Preventing Injury

Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Gives 5 Tips To Preventing Injury

Deseret News reports that 14 year-old Teagan Marti survived a traumatic incident where she fell from the 100 foot Terminal Velocity ride at a Wisconsin amusement park with no safety nets to catch her.  Her multiple injuries include severe spinal cord injuries, pelvic fracture, along with massive brain swelling.  Seventeen months later, Teagan, walking on her own accord and accompanied by her mother, attended a promotional event supporting an expansion of the American Family Children’s Hospital.  This is the same hospital that contributed to her recovery.  Moreover, the family had won a settlement that will help pay for continued physical therapy for Teagan.  It is more than likely through the hard-work and dedication of a spinal cord injury attorney or similar attorney that this settlement was even possible. Guide Books For The Community Spinal cord injuries may not always be preventable; however there are ways to protect yourself from enduring such a fate.  The following five tips provided from the Mayo Clinic could possibly prevent many spinal cord injuries if taken seriously: Drive safely. Traffic accidents are the most common cause of a spinal cord injury.  Remember to always wear your seatbelt! Ensure water depth is deep enough before diving.  Make sure the depth is at least 9 feet or deeper. Prevent falls.  Buy a step stool and always use handrails when provided. Wear protective gear when playing sports.  Take any precautions necessary to protect yourself. Don’t drink and drive. In the event of an injury, it could be a very frustrating experience to deal with the aftermath of the incident.  There must be a concentration on physical healing,...
Roommate Suffers A Brain Injury After Being Attacked

Roommate Suffers A Brain Injury After Being Attacked

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, a few weeks ago a South Salt Lake City resident was brutally hit in the head with a baseball bat for waking up his roommate, who also happened to be his nephew.  His injuries included a fractured skull and brain hemorrhaging, rendering him into a critical condition.  His nephew was ultimately charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree charge.  This unfortunate event could happen to anyone.  The seriousness of brain injuries can range from a minor to significant injury and sometimes may even lie dormant for a time before manifesting, thus medical attention must immediately follow the incident.  In the case you have experienced a brain injury due to the negligent or intentional actions of another, it may behoove you to hire a brain injury attorney. Any brain injury could be an extremely serious incident to overcome and, coupled with medical bills and/or missed work, the situation can be devastating to deal with.  Often times, victims of brain injuries are left unprepared for the emotional and mental anguish they must endure following injury.  Prevention is not always possible, especially if the incident was intentional, as in the case mentioned above.  Therefore, a game plan must be made once the injury is diagnosed.  The Christensen Law Firm offers free accident books to inform those who have experienced such hardship.  We provide guaranteed personal and compassionate service to our clients as we assist you in setting up your plan.  With much sympathy and devotion to your case, we ensure your legal needs are met while you focus on healing.  For a free accident book, call 1-800...
Car Accident Related Deaths Are Decreasing

Car Accident Related Deaths Are Decreasing

According to CNN, the number of deaths resulting from car accidents is decreasing—this, “despite the fact Americans drove 46 billion miles in 2010 — 1.6 percent more than the previous year.”  The Department of Transportation has further reported that 2010 had the lowest rate of fatalities due to accidents.  The most noticeable difference was in 2008 when car accident deaths decreased by 9.7%.  The number of fatalities peaked in 1972, evidence that recent laws and road safety measures are in fact making an difference.  Researchers have concluded that safer cars, programs to train drivers on road safety, and campaigns targeting drunk driving or distracted driving have contributed to the positive change on America’s roads.  In addition, drunk driving deaths were also down 4.9% in 2010.  However, even though the roads are now safer, there is always a risk of an accident whenever you are on the open road. If you should find yourself injured from the negligence of another driver you need to contact a Utah car accident attorney to assist you in your legal matters. Accident Books and Road Safety Tips As a driver, there are inherently more risks than staying in the safety of your home.  First of all, the Christensen Law Firm offers free accident books to the community to educate you on what steps to take in the case you are injured in an accident.  Secondly, provided below are a few safety tips to remember while traveling from AAA: Keep your doors locked, safety belts buckled and children safe and secure in properly installed safety seats. Don’t let your gas tank fall below 1/3 tank....