Archive for the ‘Motorcycle Accidents’ Category

Football Player Critically Injured in Scooter Crash

Wednesday, 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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Scott Moxon Hurt in Motorcycle Crash

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Intersection_continuous_flowA man identified as Scott Moxon was reported to be seriously hurt when his motorcycle collided with a car at an intersection near the Southern Utah University campus.

Moxon is a freshman from Provo who is attending Southern Utah University. He was flown to a hospital in Las Vegas in critical condition according to the news report.

A witness to the accident identified as Megan Maloney, who was interviewed by media, disclosed that a male on a motorcycle was traveling west on 200 South when a female driving a blue Sedan traveling east on the same street attempted to make a left turn onto 800 West. According to Maloney, the driver of the sedan may not have seen the motorcycle when she made the turn. Maloney also believes that the turn was made early causing the motorcycle to collide with the front of the vehicle.

Maloney disclosed that the driver of the motorcycle seemed extremely disoriented after the crash and acted as if he had no idea where he was and what had happened. Maloney made the call to the police by using Onstar in her car.

The report stated that the road was temporary closed from 200 South to 900 West by authorities in order for emergency crews to assist the victim of the motorcycle crash and clean up the accident site.

Christensen & Hymas wishes Scott Moxon full recovery from his injuries. We encourage everyone to drive safely. We also urge motorists to be on the lookout for motorcyclists. Be extra careful when in intersections because intersections are common accident sites. Focus on the road in order to anticipate what other motorists might be doing and we also remind everyone to practice good driving behavior.

If you have sustained injuries as a result of someone’s recklessness or negligence, call us at (801)506-0800. We offer free initial consultation and we have experienced personal injury lawyers willing to discuss compensation claims with you. We will ensure that you will get the compensation you deserve.

Original article by Robynn Garfield of ksl.com

Image [not of intersection mentioned] courtesy of Wikipedia

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in I-15

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

I-15 southbound of accidentDavis County became another scene for an accident involving a motorcycle and a vehicle. The accident happened on I-15 last Sunday. According to the report, the motorcycle driver was transported to the hospital in serious condition. The driver of the car did not suffer any injury.

Northbound traffic was delayed as a result of the incident. Motorists were advised by authorities to seek alternate routes pending the clearing of the scene.

South Davis Metro Fire said that the accident also resulted in the closure of the far right lanes of I-15 northbound at around 3:30 p.m. The resulting traffic was backed up into Salt Lake County. Authorities said that the traffic was cleared by late afternoon of Sunday.

It was disclosed that the motorcycle driver is a gentleman in his 50’s. Authorities stated that the man made an improper lane change and hit loose gravel, which caused him to lose control and sideswipe a car.

The report did not disclose the identity of the motorcycle driver. It was also not stated whether the driver was wearing a helmet during the accident. Authorities did not say if speed was a factor in the accident.

Christensen & Hymas encourages all motorcycle drivers to be extra careful on the road. This incident demonstrates the vulnerability of motorcyclist in an accident. For this reason, it is essential that one must wear protective clothing and gear when driving a motorcycle.

Christensen & Hymas provides various resources on motorcycle safety. Check out the article on the 7 motorcycle safety tips and staying safe on a motorcycle. There is also an article on how to avoid skidding on a motorcycle.  Our website has prepared a lot of educational materials on road safety for our motorists. Visit our website for more information.

You can also call us at (801)506-0800 for a free initial consultation on personal injury claims.

Original article and image from Fox13.

Motorcycles Ride for Fighterfighters

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

firefighterThousands  of riders flooded Ogden streets Saturday to support the creation of the National Firefighter Memorial.

This was the 10th annual ride on behalf of the memorial. The memorial looks to support the firefighters who leave their families, their warm beds, and personal endeavors to protect and help those who need services.  While the event participants also paid their respects to the firefighters who have lost their lives, many were also in attendance to raise money for what they hope to create in the near future, a national memorial in Ogden.

Creator of the ride and memorial concept, Mike Leatham has worked diligently to put together this extensive project which consists of more than 12,000 names and 5,000 bricks sold at $100 dollars to support the memorial.  The project has yet to be finished, but it was enough for all those in support to take a moment to recognize these great figures within out society, both alive and passed on. Several police departments and their motorcyclists came out to support, along with the traditional  fire engines; citing the bond between the police departments and the fire stations as one, only understandable to those within the service.

Other motorcycle enthusiasts also turned out to support the cause, forcing several popular streets to be shut down. Motorcycles these days seem to play a more active role in participation on our roadways. As more people become addicted to the wind in your hair feel over their four wheeled monstrosities; a reason why organized rides have become more popular in the recent years. Along with these organized rides, comes the conscious effort for safety, as motorcycles are also representing a larger percent of accidents on the road.  Cars seem to fail to see these vehicles, causing severe harm and disarray to both riders in many instances.

If you have been harmed while on your motorcycle, or in some other aspect, we at Christensen and Hymas, want to provide you with the services to remedy this disarray in a respectful and confidential manner.

We also, would like to pay our respects to our firefighters. We honor and respect the wonderful service they provide us each and every day.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.  

Motorcyclist in Critical Condition after Bangerter Crash

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Boss_Hoss_V8_motorcycleA motorcycle driver was seen allegedly by witnesses to be travelling at extremely high speed south on Bangerter Highway. The man was also observed to be weaving between cars. At this point, authorities reported that a northbound Dodge Neon attempted a left turn and pulled out in front of the motorcycle near 13400 South.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said that the two drivers crashed in the intersection around 7 p.m.

The report stated that the 25-year-old motorcycle driver was taken to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition with serious arm injuries. The 30-year-old female driver of the Dodge Neon did not sustain any injury authorities said.

Travel on Bangerter Highway was restricted until about 11 p.m. pending investigation. Police authorities will reconstruct the accident in order to determine who is at fault for this accident. The said accident reconstruction may take several weeks to complete according to authorities.

The report added that possible charges will be screened in the case. Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal stated that they will take into account the speed of the motorcycle driver as well as the woman’s attempt to turn in front of him.

Motorcycle crashes due to excessive speed are becoming common on Utah highways. Utah Department of Public Safety provided the top five reasons motorcyclists crash on Utah highways based on 2007 statistics. These are:

  1. Speeding too fast (13%)
  2. Following too closely (8%)
  3. Swerving or Evasive Action (6%)
  4. Failure to Keep in Proper lane (5%)
  5. Running off road (5%)

Utah Department of Public Safety disclosed that fatalities among motorcyclists have increased the past two years (2011 & 2012), while fatalities among motorists have decreased. Vehicles are made with more and more safety features, but on a motorcycle, all the driver has are his riding skills, personal protective gear and mental strategies for protection.

Christensen & Hymas hopes for the fast recovery of the injured motorcyclist and urges everyone to share the road.

If you have concerns about getting compensation for personal injuries sustained due to the negligence or recklessness of another, call us at (801)-506-0800. We have expert personal injury lawyers to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Original article by McKenzie Romero of Deseret News.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

 

Motorcyclist in Critical Condition after Car Crash on I-15

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

MotorcycleAccording to a report given by Deseret News, a motorcyclist was traveling in the carpool lane when two vehicles in front of him crashed. The 24-year-old motorcyclist hit one of the vehicles and was thrown from the bike. The man was wearing a helmet, but it fell off because the straps were not tightened properly, according to Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson.

This three vehicle accident happened at on I-15 near 4900 South last Monday, July 1, 2013. The motorcyclist was unconscious when medical personnel arrived. He was brought to the hospital in extremely critical condition and is believed to have suffered severe head injuries. The motorcyclist was the only person injured in the accident according to the report.

Authorities remind motorcyclists to wear properly fitting safety gear and equipment. Leave room for other motorists and do not follow too closely to give yourself time and space to react properly. Most common causes for motorcycle crashes are tailgating, excessive speed, being hit from behind by other motorists, being side swiped by other vehicles on the road, and crashing into another vehicle due to illegal u-turns. Moreover, motorcyclists are asked to pay attention to the surroundings, as all motorists should be aware of other road users. Motorcyclists are sometimes hard to spot and motorists should always be on the lookout for them.

If you been a victim of reckless driving or willful negligence, please contact us at (801)-506-0800 for a free consultation. We have competent personal injury lawyers to help you.

Original article by Whitney Evans.

Photo courtesy of Jake Hutchinson.

Motorcyclist Badly Hurt after Multiple-Car Crash

Monday, June 17th, 2013

ApplesA highway rollover involving an apple-laden semitrailer truck indirectly caused another accident involving two cars and a motorcycle in Spanish Fork.

According to the KSL news report, the driver of the semi-trailer truck suffered minor injuries after the truck carrying 60,000 pounds of apples rolled over in an attempt to negotiate a curve too quickly, leading to U.S. 6, exit 257, from I-15. The truck tipped to its right side and was laid across the three lanes on the state road closing the off ramp for three hours.

The second accident happened in the traffic that accumulated due to the rollover accident. It was reported that a fast moving passenger car attempting to change lanes hit a motorcycle. The car’s side bumper hit the motorcycle causing it to crash against another car that was stopped due to the traffic. The motorcyclist landed on the roadway and lost his helmet as a result of the impact. Police said he suffered a compound fracture to his right leg, abrasions, and head injuries.

He was flown by a helicopter to a nearby hospital and was reported to be in serious but stable condition as of Saturday night.

Utah Highway Patrol cautions motorists to always watch out for motorcyclists on the road. They are often hard to spot but they are there as road users too. Everybody is encouraged to share the road in order to avoid accidents such as this.

Christensen & Hymas hopes for the fast recovery of the motorcyclist. If you or your love one has been involved in a vehicular accident as a result of reckless driving, we can help you. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for an initial free consultation. We are experts in personal injury cases and we can help you with any concerns you may have.

Original article by David Self Newlin of KSL.com News

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Drunk Motorcyclist Survives Collision

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

skid marksKSL reports that a motorcyclist slammed into a semitrailer at freeway speeds at around 10 pm Tuesday. The motorcyclist was traveling along the Mountain View Corridor in West Jordan when he apparently ran a red light and hit the trailer, throwing him from his motorcycle. After the impact the 26-year-old man got up and walked away. Police found him wandering around a mile from the scene.

The man was flown to a local hospital, but amazingly had no life threatening injuries. It has not been reported if he was wearing a helmet. West Jordan Lt. Joe Monson said that the police are not sure why the man walked away, but think that alcohol may have been involved. He also said that the 26-year-old will face hit-and-run charges and a possible DUI.

We at Christensen and Hymas are grateful that this accident didn’t prove fatal or result in serious injuries, but are also aware of the life threatening risks of driving under the influence. We have handled many such cases and have seen first hand the devastating consequences that follow this choice. Please don’t drink and drive. When you do, not only do you endanger yourself, you endanger the innocent lives around you. Your life will never be the same if you injure or kill someone while under the influence.

Christensen and Hymas specializes in personal injury law, including injuries involving drunk and reckless driving. If you have been injured as a result of a negligent driver, our law firm can help you win your case and be compensated for your injuries and suffering. Please call us today for a free and confidential consultation at 801-506-0800.

Photo courtesy of Newsbie Pix.

Another Motorcyclist Critically Injured

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Traffic JamA motorcyclist was rear ended on 1-15 when motorist driving a Nissan Maxima failed to break in time. According to KSL, two cars were following the motorcycle too closely in congested traffic. The Maxima passed the car in front of it and then pulled back into the lane, behind the motorcycle.

When traffic slowed, the Maxima applied breaks, but it was too late; it hit the motorcycle, throwing the rider onto the road. While the man was wearing a helmet, he did sustain critical injuries, and was flown to a Provo hospital. No further information about his injuries are yet available, nor do we know if the driver of the Maxima was ticketed.

Motorists need to remember that motorcycles are no match for other vehicles. Tailgating is never a wise decision, but in the case that it involves a motorcycle, it is even more dangerous.  Rear ending a motorcycle, no matter at what speed, could mean death for the rider(s).

The Utah Department of Public Safety recommends these tips for driving around motorcycles:

  • Check your blindspot – motorcycles are even harder to see than cars
  • Don’t tailgate motorcycles
  • Use extra caution at intersections
  • Focus on the road (not your phone or other distracting devices)

Utah has seen many motorcycle accidents this year, many at the fault of other motorists. If you or someone you know has been injured, or even killed, in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering.  We are experienced at handling personal injury cases and wrongful death suits. Call us at 801-506-0800.

Photo courtesy of Kristin Nador.

 

Motorcycle Accident Kills Man in Provo Canyon

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

motorcycle crashKSL reports that on Sunday, May 26th, a man riding a motorcycle on Highway 189 in Provo Canyon died when his motorcycle laid down. A Chevy Blazer, which pulled into the right lane, in front of the motorcycle, was preparing to make a U turn. The motorcycle went down after hitting the SUV’s bumper. The man riding the motorcycle, who was not wearing a helmet, died. His 12-year-old son was also riding on the motorcycle and was rushed to a local hospital; he was wearing a helmet and his injuries are not life threatening.

Although helmet use is not required for persons over 18 in Utah (Utah Bike Law), it is strongly encouraged. Wearing or not wearing a helmet can be the difference between life and death.

A study done by IHS tracked the history of helmet use in a number of states. The study showed that deaths and brain injuries dramatically decreased when helmet laws covering all riders were enacted, and significantly rose again when those states repealed the laws.

For example, in California, in 1992, a helmet law was passed that covered all riders. Helmet use jumped from 50 percent to 90 percent after the law was passed, and motorcyclist fatalities decreased by 37 percent.

Photo courtesy of Jason Bain.


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