Man Seriously Injured in Bicycling Accident inside Park Tunnel

Man Seriously Injured in Bicycling Accident inside Park Tunnel

A 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...

Cyclist Injured in Intersection Collision

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...

Collision Leaves Cyclist in Critical Condition

An 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...

Bicyclist in Serious Condition after Being Hit by Car

A 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...

New Technological Innovations to Improve Bike Safety

Biking accidents usually happen because the motorist was not able to see the biker on time. Common incidents 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...
Biker in Critical Condition After Being Hit by a Car

Biker in Critical Condition After Being Hit by a Car

Another bicycle accident rocks Salt Lake City; 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...