Archive for the ‘Car Accidents’ Category

UHP on Over-speeders’ Tail

Friday, February 28th, 2014

uhpLt. Rich Christianson, section commander for Utah County, stated that the I-15 corridor through Utah County has become an area of concern as over speeding has increased through the whole corridor. It was reported that Utah Highway Patrol conducted a three hour speed blitz along Interstate 15 Wednesday, Feb. 26. Christianson stated that every time UHP does a blitz, they make sure the VMS signs on the overpasses are turned on in advance, warning drivers to slow down. He added that even the electronic sign that says “speed limit strictly enforced” in place did not convince drivers to slow down.

The report disclosed that UHP officers stopped 62 vehicles going northbound with the highest speed coming in at 96 mph. According to authorities, this area has a speed limit of 65 mph.  Christianson said that they typically give some hedge room and wait until the driver is 15 mph over the speed limit, and yet they still pulled over numerous vehicles.

Christianson stated that the area between Spanish Fork and Lehi is still seeing an increased number of crashes due to high speeds. He added that the new corridor is worse even when compared to troubled areas such as Provo Canyon. Three factors that contribute to more crashes are excessive speeds, following too close, and aggressive driving. Christianson disclosed that while cars are manufactured better and are safer in crashes, people still need to drive prudently. He said that aside from slowing down, people should not forget to buckle up as 60 percent of fatalities who were not wearing seatbelts would still be alive if they had buckled up.

Lt. Rich Christianson also stated that they want people to voluntarily slow down, and, to encourage that, UHP will be conducting monthly blitzes at various locations along the corridor as a reminder to speeders. Motorists will know that a speeding blitz is on-going when they see the enforcement signs on the freeway.

Christensen & Hymas welcomes this initiative of UHP to make the roadways safer to motorists. Following the speed limit is a great way to decrease the number of car crashes.

Anyone who has sustained an injury during a car accident caused by another person may be entitled to compensation. Christensen & Hymas offers a free initial consultation on personal injury claims. Call us at (801)-506-0800. Your accident concerns are best addressed by competent lawyers.

Original article by Genelle Pugmire of Daily Herald

Bill to Propose Putting Breathalyzer Devices in Bars

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

According to  the Tribune, House Majority Whip Greg Hughes, R-Draper, is drafting a bill that may require blood alcohol testing devices to be placed in bars. He describes them as “vending-machine breathalyzers to enable patrons to check their blood alcohol level before leaving the bar.” The report added that Hughes is negotiating whether to make them mandatory for all clubs and bars or to require them only in establishments cited for code violations.

Hughes added that this law would apply only to establishments that primarily serve alcohol and not to restaurants that mainly serve food. The use of the breathalyzers would be voluntary; the laws are intended to help patrons decide if it’s safe to drive home or if they should get an alternate driver or cab.

Hughes stated that bars and clubs are pushing back against the idea of mandatory breathalyzers. He added that he is looking at incentivizing the installation of breathalyzers by lowering fines for establishments that allow them. Another way that has been suggested to encourage their use is to require them only in establishments that have had repeated violations.

Hughes is also finding ways to shield businesses that offer the breathalyzers from liability if someone fails a breathalyzer test, then drives anyway.

Christensen & Hymas are strong advocates of safe driving habits, we encourage all motorists to never drink and drive.

If you or someone you know has suffered injury due to another’s reckless driving behavior or negligence may call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800. Let our competent personal injury lawyers help you process your personal injury claims properly and efficiently.

Original article by Lee Davidson of The Salt Lake Tribune



3 Dead, 6 Hurt in Fatal Accident in Tooele County

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Three vehicles are reported to be involved in an accident on Sunday in Tooele County. According to the report, there were eleven people, total, involved in the incident. The accident occurred along State Route 36 near the interchange with SR 38. This rural highway has had its share of accidents, according to witnesses, but this has been the first instance of an accident of this severity; three people are reported dead while six others were injured.

The report added that a van with seven people inside  —five teenagers and two adults— was involved in the accident. The occupants of the van were going on a trip to Salt Lake City with a church group in a caravan with two other vehicles. One of the adults from the van is reported among the fatalities. Two young people from this group were also reported to have sustained serious injuries. The video report accompanying the Fox13 article stated that five teenagers were ejected from the van.  One female teenager was thrown from the van to the side of the road. Other occupants were injured to a lesser extent. A total of four medical helicopters were dispatched to the scene.

According to authorities, the van was trying to make a U-turn when it was T-boned by a red Subaru. The two occupants of the red Subaru were confirmed dead at the scene.

The report added that Route 36 has been closed in both directions near the site of the crash and no information was given on how long the closure would remain.

Christensen & Hymas offers its condolences to the bereaved family and friends. We remind our readers, as always, to be careful on Utah’s roads. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and with little warning, it only takes a second of inattention to permanently change lives.

Original article by Mark Green and Todd Tanner of Fox13

Car Collision with a Semitrailers Leaves One in Critical Condition

Friday, February 14th, 2014

layton-car-hits-semi-1At 2:05 p.m. of Wednesday, an accident occurred on I-15 which resulted a driver receiving critical injury and two female passengers being injured to an unknown extent. According to a recent report, a Honda Civic traveling north on I-15 near 700 South in Layton swerved and hit the inside barrier of the freeway. The Honda Civic then bounced off the rail and into oncoming traffic and became wedged beneath a semi-trailer.

It was disclosed by Sgt. Todd Royce of the Utah Highway Patrol that the semitrailer dragged the vehicle for an unknown distance. He added that there were three occupants in the Honda.

The report stated that a man was then flown to McKay-Dee Hospital in critical condition and the two females were driven by ambulance to a hospital. Moreover, the conditions of the two female victims were not immediately clear.

It was also reported that there were no other reported injuries. Sgt. Todd Royce of the Utah Highway Patrol said that the cause of the accident is under investigation. He added that the reason why the Honda Civic driver veered into traffic is still unclear.

Christensen & Hymas hopes for the quick and full recovery of those who were involved in this accident. We also encourage all motorists to take extra precaution when driving. Avoid distracted and impaired driving so that you can make wise automotive decisions. Do not forget to buckle up and to obey all traffic rules.

Christensen & Hymas advocates safe driving habits and specializes in personal injury cases. If you have been injured as a result of someone’s reckless driving behavior and negligence, call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. You might have concerns on personal injury claims that you want to be clarified about and these concerns can be explained to you by our competent personal injury lawyers. Call us now and let Christensen & Hymas help you process your compensation claim properly.

Original article by Mark Green of Fox13.

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Two People Hurt as Police Chase Ends in Crash

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Photo Credit: Michael McFall, Salt Lake Tribune

According to a Tribune report, police were handling a robbery near 900 S. State St. Monday afternoon when a 23-year-old man with a warrant for his arrest took off in a stolen vehicle. Detective Cody Lougy said  that officers pursued the man, but the suspect ended up crashing into a vehicle, which struck a second vehicle in the intersection of 900 W. 600 North in Salt Lake City.

The report added that the suspect then struck a power pole before the stolen SUV ended up on its side north of the intersection.

According to Lougy, the man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. He added that a passenger in one of the other vehicles also had minor injuries. The suspect was to be booked into the Salt Lake County jail Monday night on suspicion of fleeing arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle, and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. Additionally, he was charged with aggravated assault against a police officer for nearly hitting an officer during the pursuit. Lougy added that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Salt Lake City.

Christensen & Hymas reminds everyone to take extra precaution in the road. This article illustrates that even when you are adhering to traffic rules, you can still be involved in an accident. Make sure that your personal insurance policy is updated and know what a personal injury claim is.

Christensen & Hymas specializes in personal injury cases. We can help you process personal injury claims to get relief from the financial burden of the injuries from the accident and lost work days as you recover. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. Let our competent personal injury lawyers clarify for you some concerns regarding compensation claims.

Original article by Michael McFall of Salt Lake Tribune

A Mother’s Tale on How Seatbelts Saved Her Children’s Lives

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Krista AccidentA mother, identified by the article as Krista Turner of Eagle Mountain, recalled how seat belts saved her and her children from fatal harm last January 23. According to the article, the day started as usual with the family having their prayer led by Krista Turner and her 10-year-old daughter, McKenna, joined by her husband via phone from his work. Krista Turner stated that she had many things to do that day. She had a carpool to drive, a 3-month-old baby to feed, visiting teaching to do, and a snack to bring to her daughter’s kindergarten class. To complicate things further, her oldest daughter had a sore throat and would need to see a doctor.

Krista spent the day accomplishing her tasks and was glad that her oldest daughter tested negative for strep throat. With her three children buckled in her car, the article stated that Krista Turner began drive home to Eagle Mountain on westbound state Route 73.

According to Krista, she was surprised that there were no cars around her when she knew for a fact that the road was well-traveled. Krista said that she had a bad feeling about the empty road and then noticed a white car in the eastbound lanes.  The article stated that the white car started to curve into the middle turning lane. The article added that Krista completely expected the car to correct its course, but the car just kept coming at a fast rate.

The article disclosed that Krista’s car skid and rolled nearly 1,000 feet before landing upside down. It was also disclosed that immediately after the crash, witnesses stopped to help the family out of the vehicle, and emergency help soon arrived.

Because all of the occupants of the car were wearing seat belts, the extent of the family’s injuries include a gash to the back of Krista’s head, a deep wound in Andrew’s foot, and minor scratches on McKenna’s hands. Krista declared that by wearing seat belts properly, they were spared from more damaging harm that day.

Christensen & Hymas is glad that the Turner family had buckled up. We encouraged everyone to do the same.

Christensen & Hymas believes in safe driving habits and just compensation. If you have suffered injuries because of someone’s reckless behavior, call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. You deserve to be compensated for the accident.

Original article by Arianne Brown, KSL contributor.

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House Approves Bill to Protect Officers from Pursuit-Related Lawsuits

Friday, February 7th, 2014

policeA report disclosed that the House passed a bill on Tuesday intended to protect law enforcement officers from being liable when the suspects they’re pursuing are injured or killed. The bill, Bill 64-10, will now go before the Senate.

House Majority Leader Brad Dee, R-Ogden who sponsored HB20 was quoted saying, “If they choose to put themselves in danger, we don’t owe them a duty of care, and we can’t be held liable if they choose to kill themselves.” He added that this bill is a response to a Utah Supreme Court decision regarding a Cache County family’s wrongful death lawsuit which proceed against a Weber County sheriff’s deputy who was pursuing the family’s son when he died in a rollover crash. The report added a comment by House Majority Leader Brad Dee who stated that the Supreme Court decision calls for a change in the law.

According to the report, Dee said the bill would not remove the responsibility of a law enforcement officer engaged in pursuit to “respond adequately and within policy.” On the other hand, it was also reported that Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, said he was troubled by the bill because it handled the issue raised by the court case “with a sledgehammer,” taking away any possibility that a law enforcement officer could be held liable for any injuries or harm that the criminal might incur.

In the report, Rep. Richard Greenwood, a retired Utah Highway Patrolmen, said he was involved in nearly 100 chases. Rep. Greenwood said the court ruling has had a chilling effect on law enforcement. He made mention that, after the ruling, he heard officers say they will never chase another vehicle again and if someone decides to run, they would just go the other way.

Christensen & Hymas believes that the safety of everyone on the road depends on every drivers’ commitment to safe driving and their adherence to traffic rules and laws. High speed chases normally result from traffic violations such as drunk driving, impaired driving, possession of illegal materials, lapsed driver licenses, and other things that the driver would not want to receive a ticket for. Unfortunately, these high speed pursuits also endanger other motorists who could be traveling the same route.

If you have been injured because of someone’s negligence and reckless driving behavior, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800 for your concerns regarding personal injury claims.

Original article by Lisa Riley Roche of Deseret News

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Rear Ending Accident Sends Two Cars into Sandy Canal

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

canalA report disclosed that three people were sent to a hospital after a crash sent two cars into a Sandy canal. Police stated that a car carrying two people was rear-ended by another car driven by a person believed to be travelling at high speeds near 7700 South and 700 East.

The report added that the crash caused both vehicles to fall into the East Jordan canal. It was disclosed that the canal had only residual water and was six to eight inches deep.

Sandy City Police Sgt. Mark Soper stated that the three people involved in the accident were transported to the hospital for precautionary measures. They sustained some minor injuries and were reported to be in fair condition.

The crash is under investigation and the report stated that police are considering alcohol to be a factor in the accident.

Christensen & Hymas urges all motorists to practice safe driving habits. These include avoidance of distracted and impaired driving. No matter how careful you are, some people simply neglect to share the road and follow traffic rules. Protect yourself by reading some of our free accident books made available for you on our website. You can request a free copy of these books to share with your friends and love ones. Know important things about accidents and insurance claims.  It is said that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, so arm yourself with information as much as you can. This information might come in handy at some point in your life.

Christensen & Hymas also offers free initial consultation on personal injury cases and compensation claims. Call us at (801)-506-0800 and get in touch with our personal injury lawyers who can help clarify personal injury issues with you. If you have sustained injuries because of the reckless behavior of another, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us now and allow us to help you process your claims properly.

Original article and photo by Brittany Green-Miner of Fox 13


8 Separate Car Accidents in Box Elder County Hurts Many People

Friday, January 31st, 2014

4198717511_5ed50c978dAccording to a recent report, a quick moving snow storm produced icy roads in less than an hour and was likely the reason behind eight pileups occurring on a mile stretch of I-15 in Box Elder County. The report added that the crashes that happened Saturday morning involved 29 cars and 3 semi trucks.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry stated that as many as eight people sustained injuries in the crashes. The extent of their injuries however was not as serious as the injury sustained by one woman motorist. Perry added that the woman riding in a compact car suffered critical injuries in the multiple car crashes and was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.

The report disclosed that the string of collisions forced the closure of northbound I-15 from Perry to the 1100 South exit in Brigham City. Police diverted traffic to U.S. 89 until the thoroughfare was passable.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry stated that motorists were traveling too fast for conditions on the icy roadway. The first accident was reported to have occurred at around 9 a.m. as a couple of cars attempted to exit the interstate and crashed. The report added that as other vehicles attempted to avoid the first collision, they also spun out of control. This resulted in a series of collisions and pileups involving six cars in one accident and five cars in another accident. One semi was reported to have jack-knifed.

Christensen & Hymas reminds all motorists to take extra precaution on icy roads. Avoid distracted driving as you need to focus your attention to these hazardous road conditions brought by the weather. Avoid driving under the influence as well since this may cloud your judgment and negatively affect your driving skills.

Christensen & Hymas offers free initial consultation on personal injury claims. If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone’s reckless driving behavior, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us at (801)-506-0800 to get in touch with our competent personal injury lawyers. They are happy to clarify any concerns you might have on compensation claims. It is expensive to have treatments for accident injuries and you need time to recover properly. It is best to get assistance from a committed lawyer to help you process your claim properly and receive financial relief.

Original article by Amy Joi O’Donoghue of Deseret News

Image courtesy of Lisa Williams on Flickr.

Tanker Truck Collision causes man’s death in Myton

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

tanker truckA fatal crash took place on Thursday morning in Myton, Utah involving a tanker truck and a pickup truck. At 6:55 a.m., the driver of the tanker truck, Darrel Wiser, reportedly lost traction as he descended the hill on a two-lane road approaching the US-40 on Parriete Road.

According to Utah Highway Patrol trooper Brett Hansen, “One of the trailers being pulled by the truck jack-knifed and crossed into the oncoming lane and hit a pickup truck driven by Dean Townsend, 49, of Roosevelt.”

According to recent reports, Townsend was pinned due to the impact of the truck bed and his own vehicle. Townswend passed away later from several traumatic injuries.

The tanker truck’s trailer then proceeded to roll down a hill and was ruptured, spilling its load of crude oil. The driver of the truck, Darrel Wiser of Nibley, suffered only a minor scrape on his neck and was issued a citation for failing to operate within a single lane.

Troopers and Duchesne County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the crash. Investigators believe icy roads contributed to the accident. Weather-related accidents occur tens of thousands of times a year in America. With such detrimental effects from the collisions, extra caution and care should be taken to avoid such incidents at all costs.  Sometimes accidents are unavoidable, but you can never be too careful and finding a way to drive safer is usually as simple as slowing down.

Everyone at Christensen and Hymas offers our sympathies to the Townsend family during this difficult time. We know that the loss is tragic and we wish the best to all involved in this incident through this hard time.

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