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More on Lindsay and Presley Dyches

March 10th, 2014

In a follow-up on last week’s article from the Salt Lake Tribune, KSL gives us more details about Lindsay Dyches and her 7-year-old daughter, Presley, accident where they were hit head-on by a drunk driver. Presley was in intensive care until, but is now said to be recovering.

The child had intensely critical injuries including broken ribs and internal bleeding. Lindsay was also injured, with a broken left arm and ankle, which will not allow her to work for 3-6 months. Her husband will have to take over the responsibility of running the family business as well as taking care of their three children without her physical help.

The two were on their way to Presley’s school, where she was excited about a playmate planned for the following day. But they didn’t make it to school. They ended up in the hospital. Presley’s classmates and friends gathered together to make a “get well soon” card while she was in the hospital.

The drunk driver, 33-year-old Aaron Moorman crossed into the wrong lane on SR 198 in the morning. Jen Southwick, a friend of Lindsay’s said, “It breaks my heart. I think especially that early in the morning, you think, ‘Oh, I’m just going to take my kids to school real quick.’ It’s not on your mind that you have to watch out for drunk drivers…It just makes you think twice … you never know what’s going to happen.”

Southwick speaks highly of Linsday and her family. We wish them both a speedy and full recovery, and

 

UHP on Over-speeders’ Tail

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

Paramedics Save Choking Baby’s Life

February 27th, 2014

A reported choking incident involving a 6 month old baby underscores the importance of a cool head under extreme pressure for responding paramedics. It also reminds parents of the need to keep the house free of choking hazards. According to medical experts, any object that will fit in the opening of an empty toilet paper roll is considered a choking hazard.

The Deseret News states that the incident happened Saturday in the Rose Park neighborhood. The mother, who later told firemen her 6-month-old son had recently gotten into the habit of grabbing objects and putting them in his mouth, said that she turned her back on the boy for just a minute and he had already put something in his mouth. She soon realized that something was wrong and called 911.

The report adds that paramedics from Salt Lake City Fire Station No. 7 were the first to respond . It was disclosed that the boy had swallowed a small figurine, about half the size of an adult finger, and it became lodged in his throat. Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay stated that when paramedics arrived, blood was coming from the boy’s mouth, and his airway was almost completely obstructed. They tried turning the boy upside down and slapping him on his back, but this did not dislodge the object. The child was barely breathing when paramedics were able to quickly but gently remove the toy using forceps as the ambulance sped towards the hospital.

Christensen & Hymas are safety advocates in all respects and encourage the parents of young children to exercise caution around the house. If your child or anyone you know was injured because of someone’s recklessness or negligence, you can call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation on personal injury concerns.

 

Football Player Critically Injured in Scooter Crash

February 26th, 2014

2010_1106_112920AAA University of Utah football player was reported to be critically injured in a motorized bike accident that happened Sunday night. According to University officials, the player, a redshirt defensive lineman for the Utes, was identified as Moana Ofahengaue. The article added that the player sustained a serious head injury after crashing a scooter near Hempstead Rd. and Mario Capecchi Drive.

The report did not yet indicate whether or not Ofahengaue was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash or if there were any contributing factors like drugs, alcohol, or drowsy driving.

According to Kathy Wilets—who is over University Hospital Public Affairs—family members of Ofahengaue are optimistic about his recovery and are thankful for the support they have received.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham stated that they are praying for Moana’s recovery and for his family’s strength at this very difficult time. Coach Whittingham affirms that Maona is a beloved member of the team and that they will support his recovery in any way they can.

Christensen & Hymas also hopes for the player’s quick recovery. Support from friends and family are essential for the patient’s recovery. There is strength from prayers and positive thoughts that can lift up the family during this challenging time.

Christensen & Hymas would like to remind motorists and other road users to adhere to safe driving habits. Please, do not drive impaired.  The roadways can be challenging at times and drivers need to be alert to respond adequately to any situation.

Sometimes, despite our own safe efforts, some accidents still result from the recklessness and negligence of other motorists. If you have been involved in an accident of this nature and have sustained injuries requiring hospitalization and therapy, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. Consult a competent personal injury lawyer for a successful personal injury claim.

Original article by McKoye Mecham and David Wells of Fox13

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Man Seriously Injured in Bicycling Accident inside Park Tunnel

February 25th, 2014

Zion National ParkA 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 also encourage everyone to follow all safety rules in order to avoid such tragic accidents. Traffic rules are instituted to keep everyone safe. The violation of these rules can result in legal problems, injuries, and in worst case scenarios, death.

Christensen & Hymas specializes in personal injury cases. We believe that anyone who has been injured because of someone’s blatant disregard of traffic rules deserves to be compensated. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. We have competent personal injury lawyers who can enlighten you about the claim process.

Original article by Mark Green of Fox13

 

Semi Sideswipes UHP Trooper’s Car

February 24th, 2014


Utah Highway Patrol trooper James Wright had just concluded a routine traffic stop and was reviewing notes inside his car when he was suddenly sideswiped by a semi-truck. According to the report, the semi-truck was heading south on I-15 when it drifted into the emergency lane and hit the trooper’s car that was parked on the side of the road.

According to Wright, the driver of the semi-truck seemed to be unaware of what happened and continued on his way. Wright added that he went after the semi for about 50 yards using his damaged car.

The report stated that Lehi police came to investigate and moved the semi off the freeway. The driver was identified by the report as 49-year-old Steven Sturgis Bell. According to the report, Bell tried to run away from authorities during the field sobriety test.  The police tackled the suspect and allegedly found methamphetamine on him.

Lt. Rich Christianson said the driver did something that could result in someone getting killed. Wright is thankful that the driver of the car he had just released from that traffic stop was no longer in that area. Had the driver been present at the time the semi-truck sideswiped the trooper’s car, he could have been seriously hurt.

Bell was booked into jail and faces multiple charges, including DUI, drug possession, and resisting arrest. Authorities say he’s from Nevada and drives for KKW Trucking out of California.

This is not the first time that Wright was involved in an accident that wrecked his car. He stated that about ten months ago, his car was hit by a pickup that lost control on the wintry road. He added that his car was still in the repair lot and now he got hit again by a semi-truck while doing his job.

These accidents underscore the hazards troopers face in line of duty. UHP said half a dozen troopers in Utah County alone have been hit this winter. Lt. Rich Christianson requests motorists to give UHP more space and respect.

Sadly, not all motorists share the road and obey traffic rules. Recklessness and negligence often result in personal injury. If you have sustained injuries because someone has violated traffic rules, Christensen & Hymas can help you process personal injury claims. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation.

Original article by Sandra Yi of ksl.com

19 Year Old Investigated for DUI and Running Over His Mother

February 21st, 2014

duiThe young man was identified in a recent report as Douglas Brandon Herring of Goshen. Douglas was arrested by authorities and is under investigation for driving under the influence after running over his mother. The incident occurred last Monday when the young man’s parents tried to stop him from leaving home at around 11 p.m.

Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon stated that Douglas ran over his mother with his pickup truck. Cannon added that Herring’s mother fell and was hit by the truck. She was taken by medical helicopter to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center with broken bones and lacerations. The woman was still at the hospital and recovering on Tuesday.

The report stated that Deputies said Herring’s behavior at the scene were indicative of drug and alcohol use. It was disclosed that Deputies obtained a warrant after Herring refused to comply with drug tests. Allegedly, the blood and urine samples taken from Herring tested positive for methamphetamine.

The report added that Herring was booked into the Utah County Jail and is being charged with inflicting serious bodily injury while driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, and driving without insurance. It was also disclosed that a search of court records revealed Herring took a plea in abeyance in September for consuming alcohol as a minor.

Christensen & Hymas hopes for the quick recovery of Douglas Brandon Herring’s mother. Once again, we encourage all motorists not to get behind the wheel if you have consumed alcohol or are impaired by medications or drugs. Driving requires clear heads, as accidents can happen quickly. Drivers need to be alert in order to make wise decisions.

Despite the blood alcohol level limitations for drivers, some people choose to drive intoxicated, making the probability of car accidents higher. If you have sustained injuries because someone decided to break traffic rules, or drive intoxicated or impaired, you may be entitled to compensation. Call (801)-506-0800 and get in touch with our competent personal injury lawyers who can help you properly process your personal injury claims. Let Christensen & Hymas handle the paperwork while you focus on recovering from your injuries.

Original article by McKenzie Romero of ksl.com

School Buses with Outside Cameras for Kids’ Safety

February 20th, 2014

Alpine School District is said to be testing a new surveillance system to catch drivers who bypass school bus stop signs.

Shaun Adams, of Alpine School District’s Transportation Department, stated that the department observed more and more vehicles not paying attention to traffic laws. A Fox13 article reported that bus drivers see dozens of people ignoring stop signs every day, putting kids in danger.

“[Even] when the stop sign is out and the red lights are flashing,” Adams said, “we have a lot of vehicles drive right through.”

Bus drivers believe distracted driving is to blame. Adams told Fox13 that people are distracted by putting on makeup, drinking or spilling coffee, and using communication devices such as cell phones and GPS. The district hopes that the new camera system mounted on the outside of the bus will deter drivers from passing the school bus when its lights are flashing. The article states that all video of violations will be turned over to the police.

According to Doug Frasier, who is with Gatekeeper Systems, the company that designed the camera system, this move is about the safety of the children and driver behavior modification. He added that the video will provide evidence, violators will get fined, and that people will become more aware— prompting a change in driving behavior.

Because of the system’s steep price tag of $4,000 per unit, officials expect to install cameras on only a handful of buses throughout the district.

If you have been injured due to reckless driving or the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to reparation. Call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. Confer with our experienced personal injury lawyers to get the compensation you deserve.

Original article by Ashton Goodell of Fox13

Bill to Propose Putting Breathalyzer Devices in Bars

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

 

 

Driver Identified in DUI Case

February 18th, 2014

Police arrested a woman identified as Trina Armijo, 25, last Saturday for allegedly driving drunk with two children in the car and colliding with a parked vehicle.

According to KSL, Cottonwood Heights Police Sgt. Gary Young  stated that police received reports from two witnesses in Cottonwood Heights who claimed they saw a woman driving erratically; the witnesses suspected the influence of alcohol or drugs, or a medical emergency. One of the witnesses observed the woman strike a parked vehicle and continue driving. Young said that the witness followed the woman until she pulled into a driveway near 2400 East and Bengal Boulevard.

Cottonwood Heights Police Sgt. Gary Young stated that the two children, ages 2 and 5, who were in the vehicle at the time, did not suffer any injuries.

The woman was booked into Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of DUI with a passenger under 16 in the vehicle, driving without a licence or insurance, and possession of a controlled substance. It has also been disclosed that the children are being cared for by a neighbor until the Division of Child and Family Services becomes involved.

The report added that the police appreciate the public for their cooperation. Phone calls that give tips on public safety are always welcome.

Christensen & Hymas is glad that no one was injured in this incident. Drunk driving can have fatal consequences and for this reason, Christensen & Hymas never ceases to remind all motorists to avoid distracted and impaired driving. We encourage all motorists to drive safely, obey all traffic rules and share the road.

If you have sustained injuries in an accident involving drunk drivers, call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. We have experienced personal injury lawyers to guide you through the many concerns of compensation claims.

Original article by Morgan Jacobsen of KSL