UHP on Over-speeders’ Tail

Lt. 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....

Bill to Propose Putting Breathalyzer Devices in Bars

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...

3 Dead, 6 Hurt in Fatal Accident in Tooele County

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....

Car Collision with a Semitrailers Leaves One in Critical Condition

At 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...

Two People Hurt as Police Chase Ends in Crash

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

A 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...