Archive for the ‘Bicycle Accident’ Category

Man Seriously Injured in Bicycling Accident inside Park Tunnel

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Zion National ParkA West Jordan man who was seriously injured in a biking accident was reported to be among a group of eight people who opted to bike illegally through a tunnel. This group of cyclists is part of a group composed of twelve people. According to the report, they were in Zion’s National Park last Friday when they were supposed to be shuttled through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel as part of the park’s policy. Allegedly, instead of using the shuttle, these eight people decided to use their bicycles to navigate through the tunnel. The group entered the tunnel around 4:30 p.m. Friday. The report also stated that there were two minors among this group of cyclists.

One of the cyclists told officials that the accident happened as they rounded a corner. It was pitch black in the tunnel and only two of the cyclists had lights. They saw the 51 year old man just lying there after his bike crashed. The cyclist added that he went back to the mouth of the tunnel to inform incoming traffic about the crash. He added that he does not want anybody else to get hurt and admitted that what they did was stupid. He concluded that they have learned their lesson and will have to pay the price.

In the report, officials stated that it is illegal to bicycle through the 1.1 mile-long tunnel due to safety reasons. It was also disclosed that park rangers issued violation notices to the group. The current condition of the injured cyclist is unknown.

Christensen & Hymas hopes for the quick recovery of the injured cyclist. We also encourage everyone to follow all safety rules in order to avoid such tragic accidents. Traffic rules are instituted to keep everyone safe. The violation of these rules can result in legal problems, injuries, and in worst case scenarios, death.

Christensen & Hymas specializes in personal injury cases. We believe that anyone who has been injured because of someone’s blatant disregard of traffic rules deserves to be compensated. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. We have competent personal injury lawyers who can enlighten you about the claim process.

Original article by Mark Green of Fox13


Cyclist Injured in Intersection Collision

Monday, January 13th, 2014

An accident involving a cyclist and a motorist was reported last Monday, January 13. According to the report, the SUV was making a left turn from Dixie Downs Drive onto Sunset Boulevard around 12:20 in the afternoon. Allegedly, it was at this point that the SUV struck the cyclist in the crosswalk while heading north.

St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said the cyclist was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries to his legs.

Despain added that the SUV driver was cited for negligent collision.

There are a lot of dangers out there for cyclists, especially when vehicles are involved. Risk of injury is compounded by the cyclist’s position high off of the ground. He or she is also at a higher risk of head injury and other serious consequences as a result of the collision.

We are very glad that the cyclist wasn’t critically injured and would like to remind everyone on the road to exercise safety precautions. Be a responsible motorist by making yourself always aware of other road users and take all traffic rules seriously. While making turns, especially at intersections, make sure that you watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists. An easy way to avoid accidents is to make sure you keep all distractions to a minimum. Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as impaired driving.

Christensen & Hymas cares for the people who suffer injuries because someone was reckless or negligent. If you have been involved in an accident as a result of someone’s failure to obey traffic rules, call us at (801)-506-0800. We have dedicated personal injury lawyers who can help you with personal injury claims. You have the right to be compensated and given relief from the financial burden of the accident. Call us now for any concerns regarding personal injury claims.

Original article by Mori Kessler of

Collision Leaves Cyclist in Critical Condition

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Emigration CanyonAn accident in Salt Lake‘s canyon last Wednesday morning, has left a bicyclist in serious condition.  This accident comes as the second most serious bicycle/vehicle accident in SLC this year.

According to the report, a cyclist was in critical condition after being hit by a teen driver in in Emigration Canyon.  It was disclosed that the Cottonwood Heights man (whose name was not immediately released) was biking about 8 a.m. three miles up Emigration Canyon near 4200 East when a 17-year-old girl was driving down.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said the teen driver veered into the incoming traffic for unknown reason and hit the cyclist. Authorities have ruled out speed and impairment as factors for the accident. Police are still investigating what caused the teen driver to veer to incoming traffic.

The first serious car-bicycle accident was recorded on October 24 of this year. This accident involved a 78 year old driver who was allegedly distracted by looking at fall colors that he drove into oncoming traffic and collided with a bicycle head-on.  The head-on collision killed 3rd District Judge Anthony B. Quinn, 60 who was riding his bike up Millcreek Canyon.

Christensen & Hymas hopes for the quick recovery of the cyclist in this accident. Cyclists often face the greater risk in a car-bicycle head-on collision and injuries are always possible even when the cyclist had worn helmet. We remind all motorists to be extra careful on Utah roads and to be always on the lookout for cyclists. Do obey traffic rules, avoid distractions and share the road.

Christensen & Hymas dedicates its expertise and experience to helping people who are injured due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness on the road. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. Our personal injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve to get relief from the burden and expenses of the injuries sustained from the accident.

Original article by Pat Reavy  of

Bicyclist in Serious Condition after Being Hit by Car

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Little cottonwood canyonA bicyclist was rushed to the hospital after he was hit by a car Tuesday. The man was reported to be riding his bike when he decided to cross a street near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon when he was hit by a car who did not see him.

Reports cited the  56 year old man was struck around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.  He originally was taken to the hospital in critical condition with head and other injuries.  On Wednesday morning, the bicyclist’s condition was cited to have improved and his evaluation was decreased from critical to serious condition.

Sgt. Mark Askerlun stated the cyclist was crossing Wasatch Boulevard (3500 East) to enter the Cottonwood Canyon when the driver of a northbound Toyota Sedan hit the bicyclist.  The driver of the Sedan was not hurt in the accident.  The driver called the police immediately and the cyclist was taken to  Intermountain Medical Center.

Sgt. Askerlun of the Cottonwood Heights Police Station, stated that although the cyclists conditions were serious, he is talking and recovering well with his friends and family.

Police have withheld the identity of the bicyclist while the investigation is pending to determine whether the driver of the Toyata Sedan will be charged.

Christensen & Hymas is thankful  the bicyclist condition had improved quickly. Being on a bicycle involved in a collision with a bigger vehicle often causes intense injury to the bicyclist, especially when they are hit with speed.

If you have been injured due to the reckless behavior of other people, call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800 or a free initial consultation. We will help you get compensated for your injuries, medical treatments, and other costs that have put pressure on your family. Act now, prompt actions can spell the difference in the success of your case.

Original article by Bob Mims of Salt Lake Tribune.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

New Technological Innovations to Improve Bike Safety

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Biking accidents usually happen because the motorist was not able to see the biker on time. Common incBike at nightidents include sideswiping and blind spot incidents. Normally 79% of the time, the cyclist is traveling on a straight path when a motorist comes across the cyclist and with visibility concern, accident could happen.

Emily Brooke, a physics student from Brighton University, invented Blaze to solve this cyclist visibility problem. According to the article, Blaze is a detachable lamp that projects a laser image five meters in front of a bicycle to let motorists, bus drivers, and pedestrians know a cyclist is coming.

Blaze was also described as a front-mounted light powered by bright LEDs that also projects a green laser image of a bicycle onto the road to let motorists know a cyclist is coming. According to the product designer, the objective of the invention is to help prevent vehicles from turning across a cyclist’s path by increasing their ‘footprint’ on the road.

Several technological innovations will be presented during the annual Interbike conference scheduled the following week. One of these is a device that emits high frequency audio signals to keep pursuing dogs at bay. Another product is a set of ‘smart handle bars’ fitted with LED lights that adjust to the biker’s environment and speed. They will also track the bike via SMS if it is stolen. Moreover, Pure Fix Cycles have a glow-in-the-dark bike frame to light up your entire bicycle at night.

Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists stated that all these technological innovations are good things and coupled with better bike infrastructure could encourage more bikers on the road while making things safer for both cyclists and motorists. He added that what is more important than all of these is the improvement of driving behavior. It would make a world of difference if drivers pay more attention on the road and exercise more patience. Distracted, drunk, drugged, drowsy and plain poor driving is the real problem for pedestrian and bicyclist.

Christensen & Hymas fully agrees with Andy Clarke and encourage everyone to practice safe driving behavior. Reckless and negligent driving behavior can injure other road users.

If you are injured by a reckless driver, call us at (801)-506-0800, we can help you process your personal injury claims.

Original article by Allison Croghan of Deseret News.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

Biker in Critical Condition After Being Hit by a Car

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Another bicycle accident rocks Salt Lake City;bike and pedestrian crossing sign known to be a bicycle friendly city. A bicyclist who was hospitalized after sustaining serious injuries from colliding with a vehicle. The accident happened near Liberty Park.

According to the report, the bicyclist was crossing 700 East around 5 p.m. when allegedly he ran the red light causing a car with the right of way to hit him. Lt. Josh Scharman of the Salt Lake City Police Department disclosed that this observation was given by witnesses of the accident. The incident was reported to occur at the intersection of 700 East and 900 South.

The windshield of the car showed visible evidence of the collision with the bicycle. On the other hand, the bicyclist’s shoes and hat were scattered on the street. The biker was described to be in his early 20’s and is reported to be in a local hospital in critical condition.

Lt. Josh Sharman reminded the public that the same traffic rules apply for everyone. Whether one is a motorist or a cyclist, everyone is required to yield to the stop light.

The report stated that it is still not clear if the bicyclist will be issued a traffic citation for the accident.

Christensen & Hymas urges everyone to always adhere to safe driving behavior. Accidents are heart-breaking incidents that can hurt all the parties involved. The traffic light is meant to help everyone take turns in navigating the intersection. Sometimes, even if you have the right of way, it pays to be extra cautious when crossing an intersection. You can never tell when somebody decides to ignore the traffic rules.

If you have concerns about personal injury claims, call us at (801)506 0800. We have experienced personal injury lawyers who can guide you through the process of claims. It is best to consult a personal injury lawyer when making claims with your insurance providers.

Original article written by Cristina Rendon of ABC4.

Image courtesy of Jason McHuff

Braydon Nielsen Fatally Injured in Bicycle Accident

Monday, September 9th, 2013

sunset 36-year-old Braydon Nielsen of Washington, Washington County, was killed Tuesday near St. George. He, along with his triathlon club, were near milepost 5 on state Route 7 (Southern Parkway) heading west at around 8 p.m.

It was reported that a minivan heading in the same direction struck Nielson from behind, who was killed on impact. The driver of the minivan, 58-year-old Mark L. Mendenhall is cooperating with the police. Police say that they do not believe Mendenhall to have been impaired during the incident.

The question remains whether the minivan remained in the lane or if Nielson was too much in the way of traffic. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the accident but the sun setting at the time could’ve been a factor. Drivering west as the sun sets, could potentially make it difficult to see the road ahead.

The triathlon club was practicing tempo training, where each cyclist rides at his or her own pace. Nielsen was said to be at the back of the pack. Friends and fellow riders of Nielsen finished their ride when they realized that Nielsen had not made it down. When Duckworth, president of the Southern Utah Triathlon Club, along with others were devastated when they rode back to the scene of the accident.

Duckworth said, “A very special and inspirational person is no longer with us.”

Nielsen leaves behind a wife and four children.

Christensen and Hymas sends our condolences to the family of Braydon Nielsen and reminds all drivers to be cautious of bicyclists on the roads.


Original article by Whitney Evans at ksl

Image courtesy of Tony Fischer


Female Cyclist Critically Injured in a Hit-and-Run Incident

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Bike on roadA 43-year-old female cyclist was reported to be riding her bike southbound on the shoulder of 2300 East when she was clipped by the driver. According to the accident report, the driver allegedly circled back after striking the Millcreek woman before driving away. Police said she was transported to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition.

The report stated that police are now searching for the hit-and-run suspect. According to Lieutenant Justin Hoval, the driver abandoned the victim and continued to drive recklessly.

Police are not sure if the man was drunk, distracted or tired, the report added. They hope to find the man and question why he drifted off the roadway and struck the cyclist.

Hoyal said that the driver was seen entering a Fresh Market parking lot in Millcreek and almost hit another car. The Fresh Market, located at 3900 South and 2300 East, was able to capture the incident in a surveillance video, which they gave to police authorities.

Police described the driver allegedly responsible for the hit-and-run accident, as a white male in his 30s with short, spikey brown hair. Unified Police said he was driving a 2001-2003 Acura with a temporary registration tag and extensive damage to the passengerside windshield and front fender.

Christensen & Hymas hope the police will find the driver as soon as possible. We encourage all motorists to drive responsibly. We also do not condone hit-and-run behavior. There could be a valid explanation or reason why the accident happened, but there is no way a driver can justify abandoning an injured person.

Christensen & Hymas specializes in personal injury cases. Call us at (801)-506-0800. We will help you get the compensation you deserve for pain and suffering as a result of reckless driving and negligence.

Original article by Peter Samore of

Image courtesy of Martin Addison (not of reported accident).

Eric Scott Anderson Killed in Cycling Accident

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

bike chainA cycling accident happened Monday that claimed the life of Eric Scott Anderson, 24 of West Jordan. According to the news report, Anderson was riding his bike down Old Main Hill when he hit a slack line. Allegedly the rope was tied between two trees and used by people to balance and walk across for recreation.

Utah State University spokesman Tim Vitale said Anderson was riding down runs east to west, and the slack line, which was strung at about chest height, was also running east to west.

Vitale added that Anderson hit the rope at an angle. He described the accident as a very unfortunate meeting of two events.

The article also added statements from Vitale saying that USU is a school that attracts students who enjoy outdoor activities and adventures. USU provides these opportunities for students. Vitale also stated that it is not how the first day of school should go. Anderson was a music major who played the trumpet.

Another USU student identified as Blake DeVries called the accident tragic and unfortunate. He believed that it could have happened to anybody and even to him since he rides his bike all the time.

Moreover, USU President Stan Albrecht released a statement expressing condolences to Anderson’s family and friends. He describes the accident as an extremely tragic event and he offered the university’s sincerest condolences to the family and to all the young people who were involved in the accident. He described Anderson as a young man who was incredibly lively, dynamic and well-loved. He added that Anderson had also a lot of friends.

Christensen & Hymas offer our condolences to the Anderson family. We understand it is very difficult to suddenly lose someone you love to an accident.

Christensen & Hymas advocates road safety for all bikers. This is the reason why we prepare materials and articles on how to be safe when using your bike. Please visit our website to request free copies of our books on safety.

Original article by Emilee Eagar of Deseret News.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Parks.

Charles Lyons Injured in Biking Accident

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

life flightA biker was reported to have suffered injury from a crash last Sunday. According to the report, the biker lost control of his mountain bike resulting in the crash that injured his leg.

According to the article, a friend called authorities to report that a biker identified as Charles Lyons, 35, has sustained a compound fracture from a biking accident. However, Unified police detective Jared Richardson said that when medical crews were able to make contact, they found out it wasn’t a compound fracture; however, the injury did prevent him from walking.

Lyons was taken by Life Flight helicopter off the mountain from Desolation Lake Trail to Cardiff Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon, where Unified firefighters were waiting. They then transport him to Intermountain Medical Center. Detective Jared Richardson disclosed that Lyons had been on that trail several times before, but lost control as he went around a corner.

Another thing that delayed the rescue were the several groups on the ridge line that were waving to the helicopter. The pilot of the helicopter was confused as to which group had the victim. Richardson reminded hikers and bikers not to draw attention to themselves if they are not in trouble. Rescue efforts depend so much on the time element and the sooner the victim is transported to a medical facility, the better it will be for the injured person.

Christensen & Hymas is glad that the injury sustained by the biker is not considered serious. We encourage all hikers and bikers to be extra careful along these trails. The trails might be familiar to you as you have traversed them many times in the past, but accidents can still happen when we least expect it. The terrain can be affected by weather condition or natural phenomena such as erosion of soil and rocks making the trail difficult to maneuver.

If you have sustained personal injury as a result of someone’s negligence or recklessness, you might be entitled to compensation. Call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800; we have expert personal injury lawyers to help you with the details of a personal injury claim.

Original article by Emilee Eagar of Deseret News.

Photo courtesy of Kristopher Edwin.