Archive for April, 2012

Hit-and-Run Accident Claims Pedestrian’s Life

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Hit-and-Run accident A man was killed early Wednesday morning when he was struck by a vehicle while in a crosswalk. The accident occurred at 500 S. Main in Salt Lake City when the man apparently was walking against the traffic light and was hit by a vehicle, throwing his body more than 60 feet into the intersection. According to witnesses, the driver of the vehicle continued to the end of the block, left his/her car for a moment, and then got back into the car and fled the scene of the accident.

While at first this incident appeared to just be an accident, with possibly no charges being filed, the hit-and-run driver now faces almost certain charges for leaving the scene of the accident. With a steady stream of cars in the area at the time, and ample video camera footage of the surroundings, police hope to find the driver of the vehicle.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the man killed. While though probably not at fault for the accident, the driver of the vehicle owes it to the family of the deceased to come forward and acknowledge him/herself as the party involved.

Fatal accidents in Utah, whether involving pedestrians, cyclists, or motorists, cause immense pain to the family of the deceased. Hit-and-run accidents are especially difficult for families to overcome, often struggling for some time before finding closure, if achieved at all. Through our Hit and Run Reward program, we encourage witnesses of the accident to report pertinent information regarding the accident and thus help keep our streets safe.

Author Stephen Covey Involved in Bicycle Accident

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Stephen CoveyProminent author and motivational speaker Stephen Covey was injured in a bicycling accident last week in Provo, Utah. Covey was riding through the steep foothills of this university town south of Salt Lake City when he took a corner too fast and fell off his bike, striking his head and going unconsciousness. Covey was sent to the hospital, where he has since responded to family members. There is some bleeding on the frontal lobe of his brain, which is being monitored and will determine the extent and severity of his injuries.  No other persons or vehicles were involved in the incident.

The Christensen Law Firm wishes a speedy and full recovery to Mr. Covey, who has had a positive influence in Utah for generations, and we hope for many more years to come.

An Ounce of Prevention….

Covey’s publicist is quoted as saying “He was wearing a helmet, which is good news.” Not only is this “good news”, but wearing a helmet quite possibly saved his life. While not mandatory for cyclists in Utah, wearing a helmet often makes the difference between a goose egg on the head, as in Covey’s case, and permanent brain injury or worse.

Brain injuries in Utah occur too often, many of which are preventable. As personal injury lawyers in Utah, we encourage you strongly to take your safety into your own hands and, like Stephen Covey, wear a helmet. If you or a loved one have been involved in a similar accident as the one above, and despite your precautions still find yourself injured, call us today at (801) 506-0800 to speak with an attorney that cares.

Personal Injury or Workers Comp?

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Caution tapeAn unfortunate accident occurred Wednesday when a maintenance worker was struck and killed by a vehicle while working in the parking lot of the Draper Spectrum shopping center. Apparently the maintenance worker, who is from Weber County, was working in a storm drain in the parking lot when a vehicle entered the lot via a ramp and not seeing the worker, drove over the storm drain and struck him. The man was taken to the hospital, and later died from the injuries suffered. No charges have been filed at this point, though the accident is under investigation.

 Our condolences go out to the family of this man. It seems that this is a case in which both the worker and the vehicle were trying to occupy the same space at the same time, and, unaware of each other, the worst possible scenario was realized.

Compensation for the Family of the Deceased

In such a case, the family of the deceased has the right to receive compensation resulting from the death of their loved one. Granted, one cannot place a monetary value on life, but tangible things such funeral costs and lost wages, and even intangibles such as time lost with the deceased, can and should be compensated for.

Most people believe that workers’ compensation would cover the items mentioned above. While this is true, the family could make a personal injury claim under the at-fault driver’s car insurance policy, should the driver be found to be the guilty party. It is also possible that compensation could be sought for through the car insurance policy of the deceased, as well as the employer’s car insurance policy.

Utah personal injury attorney Ken Christensen said, “Personal injury claims are better than workers compensation claims because workers compensation only covers a fraction of the damages and loss, whereas a personal injury claim allows the family to recover 100% of the damages.”

42 Year-Old Bicyclist Involved in a Wrongful Death Accident

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

42 Year-Old Bicyclist Involved in a Wrongful Death Accident	A few weeks ago, WPRI reported on an accident involving the wrongful death of cyclist in Middletown, RI.  The driver apparently had issues with seeing the road ahead due to the sun glaring into his windshield. While turning left, he struck the cyclist, fatally injuring him.  Our condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends.  This is the time of year when more and more bicycles are heading out into the streets.  As cycling becomes more popular, bicycle accidents increase as well.  No matter if you live in Rhode Island or Utah, when sharing the road with motor vehicles, the chances of becoming injured as a bicyclist is fairly the same.

Bicycle Safety Tips

The Christensen Law Firm has published a free bicyclist accident book that is available for the community.  Included in these books is sound legal information concerning Utah’s state laws and safety tips.  More specifically, The Utah Bicycle Accident Handbook has legal information and safety tips for bicyclists.  The following list is a few safety tips provided throughout the book:

  1. Always wear a helmet;
  2. Ride on the right-hand side of the road;
  3. Make sure you stop at stop signs;
  4. Teach your child the laws of the road;
  5. Don’t forget to alert drivers behind you if you intend to make a left-hand turn by using the appropriate hand signals;
  6. Buy a bike appropriate to the size of your child;
  7. Don’t pass on the right;
  8. Ditch the headphones and iPod; and
  9. Wear noticeable clothing.


16 Year-Old Recovers Miraculously After Traumatic Brain Injury

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

16 Year-Old Recovers Miraculously After Traumatic Brain InjuryLast April, 16 year-old Hank Shipman survived a horrible accident when a distracted driver collided with his high school’s van.  The van was carrying his classmates and fellow athletes from a ski race in Oregon.  Hank sustained multiple serious injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, while the other students survived practically unscathed.  The injury consisted of four broken vertebrae, leaving Hank essentially paralyzed.  After two months in the hospital and months more of physical therapy, Hank continued to refuse to give up.  Miraculously, today he is again out on the field playing for his school’s baseball team, a feat that no one ever expected.  This young adult’s attitude and demeanor can teach us that through dedication and positive thinking, we can ultimately accomplish anything.

Managing Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

Fortunately, Hank has recovered quite well, despite all that he has endured.  Not everyone is as lucky.  If you have had to endure long-term symptoms due to a traumatic brain injury, the following is a modified list of how to manage your injury provided by

  1. Make sure you get an adequate amount of sleep each night;
  2. Write things down;
  3. Make a daily plan and live that plan;
  4. Avoid alcohol-it can hinder the healing process;
  5. Avoid caffeine,  cold medications that treat nasal congestion, or other products that contain pseudoephedrine—they may increase the symptoms;
  6. Find a hobby;
  7. Open up to others—to keep you from feeling isolated and to give friends and loved ones a chance to help you; and
  8. Don’t forget that symptoms are a normal part of the recovery, and they will eventually become better.

The Christensen Law Firm is comprised of highly experienced legal professionals who are dedicated to your rights.  We offer compassionate, personal one-on-one attention guaranteed.  Not only do we serve our clients, we serve the community as well, such as providing a free copy of one of our accident books.  Call us at 1-800 LAW BOOK for a copy of an accident book or at (801) 506-0800 for a free consultation.

7 Tips To Avoid Slips And Falls

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Slips and fallsSlips and falls make up a large portion of personal injuries suffered in Utah. There are many causes for slips and falls.  Listed below are a selected few among many.

Watch for Slippery Surfaces

Oil, water, and/ or other liquids are leading causes of slips and falls.  Keep your eyes open and looking for liquids that may cause the pathway to be slippery.

Lack of Training and/or Education

One wouldn’t think education would help people prevent slips and falls, but it’s true. Knowing which substances are slippery, when and where ice forms, etc., may be the difference between an accident and a safe stroll.

Loose Mats and Rugs

While walking, it is easy to get the toe of a shoe under a rug and stumble.  Watch out for rugs, mats, carpets, etc., that are loose and easily moved.  The rug itself may slide due to hard, slick surfaces on which it lies.

Weather Conditions: Rain, Snow, Ice

Never underestimate nature’s ability cause dangerous conditions.  It is often in the early morning hours when the water has turned to ice that accidents happen.  People are often tired or otherwise not paying attention and slip and fall.  Take your time in wet conditions.

Use Appropriate Footwear

Footwear can be the difference between stable foot-work and an accident.  Make sure proper footwear is used when attempting to travel through slick terrain.

Avoid Smooth Surfaces with High Sheen

Often times the pathway surface does not have to be wet for it to be slippery. Always take into account the smoothness of the surface of walkways when traveling.


If you or someone you know has suffered a fall due to someone else’s careless actions, then call the Christensen Law Firm at 1-801-506-0800.

Reporter Receives 90 Stitches From Dog Bite Injury

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

argentine mastiffLast month, a Denver news reporter was bitten by an Argentine mastiff, requiring hospitalization for her injuries.  Kyle Dyer was reporting the rescue of the dog that was stuck in icy water for an extended period of time.  As she bent down to pet the mastiff, he bit her.  Now, one month, 90 stitches and two surgeries later, she has been able to return to work.  The residual injuries are a scar on top of her mouth and she has no feeling in her lips.  Fortunately Kyle is in such high spirits and is happy for the dog.  The mastiff was ultimately given back to his family after being quarantined for ten days.  Although dogs are wonderful animals that often provide great compassion to their owners, dogs have emotions and fears.  Their way of communicating is through adverse behavior such as biting.

Dog Bite Accident Book

Once a person is bit by a dog, many questions may arise.  The days following the incident are the most crucial moments in deciding what needs to be done.  The following is a list of a few actions to consider after a dog bite:

  1. Seek medical attention;
  2. Listen to your doctor;
  3. Hire a dog bite lawyer.

The Christensen Law Firm is dedicated to legally representing the members of their community when such incidents occur.  We have published a series of free accident books, one of which is The Utah Dog Bite & Attack Handbook.  These books go more into detail about what your next steps should be following an accident.  With devotion to our clients, we guarantee compassion to your case.  For a copy of The Utah Dog Bite & Attack Handbook, call us at 1-800 LAW BOOK.

Coach Bobby Petrino Involved in Motorcycle Accident

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Coach Bobby Petrino Involved in Motorcycle AccidentAccording to Deseret News, the University of Arkansas’ football coach, Bobby Petrino, was in a motorcycle accident this past Sunday.  Apparently he was taken to a hospital to be treated for any injuries; the coach’s status is unknown at this time.  Bobby Petrino has been known to be a motorcycle enthusiast who has spoken about frequent rides around Beaver Lake in Arkansas.

Now that spring is here, motorcyclists are populating the roads once again.  The increase of motorcycles consequently leads to an increase in motorcycle accidents.  The best decisions you could make when riding your motorcycle are to adhere to every safety precaution.

Sometimes, as we make decisions, we are often influenced by those around us.  Bobby Petrino is a famously well-liked man who is praised and admired for his coaching skills in college and professional football.  Prior to becoming a coach for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, he had coached the Atlanta Falcons and the University of Louisville Cardinals.  Why is Bobby Petrino a good example for all of us?  The answer is because he is fairly famous and has proven he is not immune to becoming injured.  The lesson we can take from this is that we all are subject to injury, no matter who we are.

The Christensen Law Firm is composed of compassionate legal representatives who take great strides to provide for their clients and community.  We have published a library of accident books to inform the public of what should be your next step following an accident.  For a copy of a FREE Utah accident book, contact us at 1-800 LAW BOOK.