Archive for the ‘Intersection Accident’ Category

Pedestrian Hit by Truck at Logan Intersection

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Downtown loganA 34 year old man was struck by a white Ford Truck in a Logan intersection earlier this week. Witnesses reported the man was crossing 400 North at 200 East in a crosswalk when a truck going North on 200 East started to make a left turn to go west. Allegedly, the driver of the truck failed to see the man and hit him, according to the news release from the Logan Police Department.

Logan Police Department’s additional reported added that the man was knocked to the ground and appears to have suffered head trauma. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital in an ambulance and was later flown to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden.

His identity is withheld as police has not yet notified his family. Citations are still pending as the accident is being investigated by authorities.

Christensen & Hymas reminds motorists to be extra careful near intersections and cross walks .Do not forget to watch out for pedestrians. Avoid distracted driving and slow down as you approach intersections to avoid accidents. Pedestrians might suddenly appear and you will caught by surprise. They are no match for cars and injuries can be extensive and life threatening. Traumatic brain injury often results when someone is knocked forcefully and the head suffers some trauma.

Christensen & Hymas believes that anyone who has suffered injuries because of someone’s recklessness and negligence deserves to be compensated to get relief from the medical expense and rehabilitation costs. It is not easy to recover from injuries because of the financial aspects of the treatment and therapy. If you have questions about compensation claims call us at (801)-506-0800, we have competent personal injury lawyers who can walk you through all aspects of claim process.  Call us now for a free initial consultation.

Original article by Michael McFall of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Image of Downtown Logan courtesy of Wikimedia.

15 Year Old Biker Hit by Trailer Towing Truck

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

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The Utah Department of Public Safety reported that in an average year in Utah, 6 bicyclists are killed and nearly 850 are involved in crashes with motor vehicles. Nearly 60% of bicyclists involved in a bicycle/motor vehicle crash are younger than 20 years of age and more than three-fourths (79%) are male. It looks like there is going to be a recent addition to the statistics mentioned above. KSL.com featured a story about a 15 year old male bicyclist who sustained serious head injuries when he was hit by a trailer-towing truck. The accident happened last Tuesday, May 21 in North Logan. According to the report the boy was crossing Main Street (State route 91) from west to east at 1600 North. A car in the inside lane had stopped to yield to the crossing boy on a bicycle but the driver of an oncoming truck from the outside lane did not see the boy resulting to the collision. Witnesses believed that the truck driver’s view of the boy was blocked by the car in the inner lane. Unfortunately the boy was not wearing a helmet and there is no designated cross walk in the area according to North Park Police Sgt. John Italasano. The area where the accident happened has a strip mall and another shopping center nearby, but the boy was reported alone. An ambulance transported the boy to Logan Regional Medical Center. The boy was later brought to the Primary Children’s Medical Center by a medical helicopter. Police authorities are investigating the collision. The Utah Department of Public Safety identified leading contributing factors of drivers in bicyclist crashes for 2011 as:

  1. Fail to Yield Right of Way (40%)
  2. Hit and Run (9%)
  3. Improper Turn (6%)
  4. Driver Distraction (4%)
  5. Vision Obscured by Glare (3%)

On the other hand, the leading contributing factors of bicyclists in crashes for 2011 are:

  1. Improper Crossing (10%)
  2. Wrong Side of Road (9%)
  3. Disregard Traffic Sign/Signal (5%)

The Utah Department of Public Safety added that 53% of bicyclists had no contributing factor in the crash. We at Christensen & Hymas extend our sympathies to this boy and his family. We wish him a speedy recovery.

We urge anyone who has been injured by another person’s negligence to call us at (801) 506-0800 for a free case consultation.

Original article by McKenzie Romero

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3 Injured in Car Crash in Tooele

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Infant, two adults ejected in crash in TooeleAn accident occurred Tuesday afternoon in which 3 people were injured, including a man, a pregnant woman, and her infant child. They were hit in their Chevy Suburban near Route 112 and Utah Avenue after a man driving a Buick blew a stop sign at an estimated 60 MPH, according to KSL. This caused the Suburban to fishtail and eventually roll, where all 3 were ejected from the vehicle. The pregnant woman and her 1-year-old were taken by helicopter to Salt Lake City area hospitals, where they remained in critical condition Wednesday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The male driver of the Suburban was taken to Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele with non-fatal injuries; the driver of the Buick was not injured in the crash.

We wish a speedy recovery to those involved, especially to the pregnant mother and her young daughter. We hope the accident, incredibly unjust by all available accounts, will not lead to any serious consequences, but that full recoveries will ensue.

If you or a loved one has been involved in such an accident, one in which injury has been caused due to the negligent actions of another, please consult a Utah lawyer specializing in personal injury. We will help you understand what action may be taken under the law to ensure that your medical bills are paid and your suffering compensated for; in 85% of our cases, such results are achieved without ever filing a lawsuit (or in other words, ‘suing’ someone). Consider the compassionate attorneys at Christensen & Hymas—call today at (801) 506-0800.

 

Christensen & Hymas, a Utah personal injury law firm, is not representing any of the persons mentioned in this incident at the time of writing/posting. The information reported in this article is taken directly from media sources, and any perceived inaccuracies should be attributed to those sources. If you believe that the information is inaccurate and you would like it changed, or if you or a loved one was mentioned in this article and you would like it removed entirely, please contact us and we will accommodate your request.

Failure to yield leads to intersection accident

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

An intersection accident occurred Monday night in Salt Lake City when a man crossed the street without waiting for the light and was struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian, believed to a Swedish tourist, did not have the right of way while crossing at 500 S and 200 W and received serious injuries to his head and leg. The man lost but regained consciousness at the scene of the accident and was transported to the hospital in critical condition; he is expected to fully recover. He was accompanied by another male, who managed to jump back and elude the oncoming vehicle.

Intersection Accidents and Pedestrians

While it is currently unknown why this particular individual chose to cross when he did this is an important time for drivers and pedestrians to remember their obligations.  The Utah Driver Handbook states that,”Pedestrians have the right-of-way at intersections, whether or not the crosswalks are marked by painted white lines.  You [the driver] must yield when a pedestrian is on or near the half of the roadway you are traveling. The law requires that drivers do everything possible to keep from hitting pedestrians” (pg. 35).

The handbook also states that if there are signals indicating to WALK or DON’T WALK , pedestrians must obey the signals (pg. 36). As in this particular accident, intersection accidents involving pedestrians can occur when he/she fails to yield to the proper hand signals. Drivers need to be aware of their obligation to constantly be on the look out for pedestrians when in an area where cross walks are present.  Likewise, pedestrians must be aware of their obligation to follow signals and make themselves as visible as possible when crossing the street.

The personal injury attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm understand the nuances of the Utah legal code. If you or a loved one has been injured in an intersection accident, you want lawyers who understand both you and your case. Call us at (801) 506-0800 for a free consultation.