Football Player Critically Injured in Scooter Crash

Football Player Critically Injured in Scooter Crash

A 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...
Scott Moxon Hurt in Motorcycle Crash

Scott Moxon Hurt in Motorcycle Crash

A 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...
Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in I-15

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in I-15

Davis 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...
Motorcycles Ride for Fighterfighters

Motorcycles Ride for Fighterfighters

Thousands  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,...
Motorcyclist in Critical Condition after Bangerter Crash

Motorcyclist in Critical Condition after Bangerter Crash

A 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: Speeding too fast (13%) Following too closely (8%) Swerving or Evasive Action (6%) Failure to Keep in Proper lane (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...
Motorcyclist in Critical Condition after Car Crash on I-15

Motorcyclist in Critical Condition after Car Crash on I-15

According 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...