Hit-and-Run Accident Claims Pedestrian’s Life

Hit-and-Run Accident Claims Pedestrian’s Life

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...
Author Stephen Covey Involved in Bicycle Accident

Author Stephen Covey Involved in Bicycle Accident

Prominent 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...
Personal Injury or Workers Comp?

Personal Injury or Workers Comp?

An 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...

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: Always wear a helmet; Ride on the right-hand side of the road; Make sure you stop at stop signs; Teach your child the laws of the road; Don’t forget to alert drivers behind you if you intend to make a left-hand turn by using the appropriate hand signals; Buy a bike appropriate to the size of your child; Don’t pass on the right; Ditch the headphones and iPod; and Wear noticeable clothing....
16 Year-Old Recovers Miraculously After Traumatic Brain Injury

16 Year-Old Recovers Miraculously After Traumatic Brain Injury

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