A fatal car accident occurred Monday night around 7 p.m. near Roy, Utah. Female driver Eva Trump, 41-year-old resident of Morgan, appears to have been swerving through lanes of traffic prior to crossing over the median into northbound traffic. She hit the side of a semi-truck and died due to injuries sustained in the crash. Initially both KSL and ABC reported that witnesses said the woman may have been texting, though now she is claimed to have been “driving recklessly” (Deseret News). The driver of the semi sustained minor injuries in the accident; no other injuries besides this were reported.
Regardless of whether or not the aforementioned accident is indeed a result of distracted driving, texting and driving accidents in Utah occur too frequently, despite there being a state-wide ban on all texting while driving (Utah Law 41-6a-1715/1716). Using a cellphone while driving is distracted driving, which Utah calls “careless driving,” and includes things such as using cell phones for e-mail purposes (not just for texting), searching for an item in the vehicle, or attending to personal hygiene or grooming while operating a vehicle.
When asked how many of us would give our lives to read our latest text, few of us would respond in the affirmative. But when we choose to read texts or e-mails as we drive, we are effectively putting ourselves and all those around us at risk and placing our constant need for consumption before personal and collective safety.
The personal injury attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm understand the nuances of Utah law and understand that texting while driving accidents can and do occur. With the law on our side, we promise professional legal aid if you or a loved one has been the victim of such an accident. We promise passionate yet compassionate service as we seek to get the compensation you or a loved one deserves. For a free consultation, call us at (801) 506-0800, or to receive one of our free accident books, call 1 800 LAW BOOK.