Not Buckling Up to Blame for Nearly One Third of 2013 Traffic Fatalities

A new report by the Utah Department of Transportation states that traffic fatalities have gone up from 217 in 2012 (the lowest since 1959) to 219 in 2013. Carlos Braceras, director of UDOT, told KSL that “although Utah only experienced a slight increase in 2013, any climb in fatality numbers is troubling.” Troubling indeed as 71 of the 219 deaths can be attributed to improper use of safety restraints, one third of total fatalities. If we exclude incidents involving pedestrians, motorcycles, and bicycles, which obviously won’t be attributed to seat belts, then nearly half of the remaining fatalities could have been prevented. “There are a lot of things you can do to prevent death or serious injury in the event of a car crash,” Braceras stated in a UDOT press release. “The simplest thing you can do is wear your seat belt. People who aren’t properly buckled are 40 times more likely to die in a car crash than those who are.” The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, or Advocates, recently released their 2014 “Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws” which ranks states on their traffic safety legislation, including seat belt laws, motorcycle helmet laws and licensing gradations based on age. (For a full list, see the original document) Utah ranks right in the middle, but lacks comprehensive seat belt enforcement and up-to-date teen driving restrictions. Utah has seen a significant reduction in fatalities since the year 2000, and while a slight increase over the last year is not a terrible sign, it may represent the start of a plateau, however, this remains to be seen. Even after passing last...

111 MPH for a Bathroom Emergency

Speed is usually used to get something done fast or to go some place quickly or in less time. The use of excessive speed in the roads is discouraged for the reason that it is a major contributing factor for road accident.  When a driver is going over the speed limit, there would be less time to react to other road users’ action like a driver stopping for a red light, a crossing pedestrian, a biker making a turn or to yield to a vehicle making a u-turn. A man identified as thirty-nine year old Jeffrey Laub allegedly led a Utah Highway Patrol trooper on a high speed chase reaching up to 111 miles per hour. The news article stated that Jeffrey Laub was sentenced to 7 days in jail.  The reason he gave the court was quite surprising. Laub claimed that his high speed was due to something he ate something that upset his stomach. He then raced to get to a rest area in Logan Canyon. The article quoted the Herald Journal statement that 1st District Judge Thomas Willmore called the explanation “one of the worst stories” he ever heard. The article added that Judge Willmore pointed out to Laub that he had passed several outhouses while he led the trooper to a high speed chase last spring. Jeffrey Laub plead guilty in August to failure to stop and impaired driving. This story may seem amusing but it could have been tragic if somebody else was hurt by the excessive speed. Speed limits are posted to help all motorists travel safely. A vehicle traveling at high speed...
Child Recovers from Car Window Accident

Child Recovers from Car Window Accident

A near fatal accident involving a 5 year old in St. George, Utah was averted by the quick actions of a police officer. According to the news report, the boy got his head stuck in a car window near 1490 East Foremaster Drive on Aug. 25. The boy allegedly put his head out of the window and then accidentally stepped on the switch causing the window to roll up and close on the boy’s throat. The press release from the St. George Police Department also stated that the boy had stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. The adults who were with the child could not get the window to roll down because the switch malfunctioned during the incident. The report disclosed that the boy was freed from the window by a police officer who smashed the window and then worked with another officer to provide life saving measures. Officers and paramedics on the scene were able to re-establish the boy’s pulse. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. He was later transported by Life Flight helicopter to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City. The boy is reported to have made significant progress and is expected to make a full recovery. The child’s family expressed their gratitude to the St. George Police Department, Gold Cross Ambulance, Dixie Regional Medical Center, Life Flight and Primary Children’s Medical Center. Christensen & Hymas applauds the efforts of St. George police officers. Children are vulnerable to all sorts of accidents. Parents and other adults are encouraged to always be on the alert for risky situations and to learn life saving measures such as CPR that...

Properly Worn Seat Belt May Have Saved Unborn Baby's Life

In Cedar City, Utah, a couple was reported to be involved in a car crash during a rainy afternoon. Melissa Windley was pregnant and attributed the proper wearing of seat belt as the reason why she and her husband survived the crash that heavily damaged their car. According to the report, the couple was travelling home from Las Vegas for about two hundred miles before the rain hit. Chris Windley who was driving the car that time, claimed that visibility was poor even with the wiper blade set on high. A semi passed by the right lane and the driver described it like a wall of water that made everything impossible to see. So Chris just took his foot off the gas and let his car coast. The vehicle hydroplaned and spun off the road, went down an embankment and crashed into a tree. The report stated that the driver’s side of the car was crushed like a sardine can with the steering wheel on top of the dashboard and the air bag deployed. Melissa Windley is a teacher of child development at a local high school and one of her lessons was about how pregnant women should wear their seat belt. According to her, the seat belt should be worn below the baby bump and not across it. Practicing what she preached, she claims, is what saved her baby. The couple sustained only minor bruises while their car was destroyed by the crash. Christensen & Hymas has made available various blog materials and e-books to help readers gain information regarding personal injury concerns and safety measures on different...
Burning Vehicles inside Carport Investigated

Burning Vehicles inside Carport Investigated

Deseret News reported that authorities responded to a fire alarm on a burning single vehicle in a carport. Fire fighters arrived and found that two vehicles were on fire. Capt. Jason Camp of the Unified Fire Authority disclosed that the carport was threatened by the fire. It was also discovered that the gas lines of both vehicles were severed in the incident. As a result, fire fighters had a hard time putting the fire out because of the gasoline that continued to pour out from the gas lines. This incident was reported to happen at 4078 South 1300 West last Sunday. Owners of the vehicles were not identified by the authorities. One person allegedly suffered minor burns. An investigation is on-going on the possible cause of the fire. Temperatures in Utah are reported to be high and people in the communities are cautioned to be extra careful. Fires are deadly in summer; as vegetation and other wooden materials are extremely dry, it takes only a single spark to start a fire. As people are taking trips to places, properties and houses must be secured from intruders. Smoke detectors and installed sprinkler systems are big helps in the early detection and prevention of fire. Fire incidents are communal concerns, and neighbors are encouraged to be always on the lookout for unusual circumstances and immediately report to authorities any incident that may threaten lives and properties. If you have sustained a personal injury as a result of someone’s negligence, call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free consultation. Confer with our expert personal injury lawyers; you might be entitled to compensation. Original...
When your U-Turns Become Thorns to Other Motorists

When your U-Turns Become Thorns to Other Motorists

Dixie Press Online reported that authorities rushed to Main Street near 300 South in St. George to respond to a collision accident involving a motorcycle and a sedan at 4 pm, Wednesday May 15, 2013. According to the report, St. George Police Captain Jerry Tischner stated that a sedan carrying two people traveling northbound attempted to turn around in the middle of the street. The sedan entered the path of the motorcycle causing the accident. The motorcycle hit the side of the car. The impact caused the frame of the motorcycle to bend into the right leg of the driver. Authorities have to cut the bar off to relieve the pressure in order to take his foot out. The injured driver was brought to Dixie Regional Medical Center by ambulance. The motorcycle driver was not seriously injured .The driver of the sedan received a citation from the police authorities. Both driver of the sedan and its passenger declined to give comments regarding the accident. According to the police authorities, speed was not a factor in this accident. Probably, the accident happened due to a U-turn that was badly executed and the failure of both drivers to respond accordingly. Do you have a family member who uses a motorcycle to work or for leisure? Do you have neighbors who frequently use motorcycles as a means of transportation? Well, check this out. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2009, 4,462 people died in motorcycle crashes which are down by 16.0% from 5,312 in 2008, ending an 11- year increase in motorcycle deaths. Still...