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Female Cyclist Critically Injured in a Hit-and-Run Incident

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Bike on roadA 43-year-old female cyclist was reported to be riding her bike southbound on the shoulder of 2300 East when she was clipped by the driver. According to the accident report, the driver allegedly circled back after striking the Millcreek woman before driving away. Police said she was transported to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition.

The report stated that police are now searching for the hit-and-run suspect. According to Lieutenant Justin Hoval, the driver abandoned the victim and continued to drive recklessly.

Police are not sure if the man was drunk, distracted or tired, the report added. They hope to find the man and question why he drifted off the roadway and struck the cyclist.

Hoyal said that the driver was seen entering a Fresh Market parking lot in Millcreek and almost hit another car. The Fresh Market, located at 3900 South and 2300 East, was able to capture the incident in a surveillance video, which they gave to police authorities.

Police described the driver allegedly responsible for the hit-and-run accident, as a white male in his 30s with short, spikey brown hair. Unified Police said he was driving a 2001-2003 Acura with a temporary registration tag and extensive damage to the passengerside windshield and front fender.

Christensen & Hymas hope the police will find the driver as soon as possible. We encourage all motorists to drive responsibly. We also do not condone hit-and-run behavior. There could be a valid explanation or reason why the accident happened, but there is no way a driver can justify abandoning an injured person.

Christensen & Hymas specializes in personal injury cases. Call us at (801)-506-0800. We will help you get the compensation you deserve for pain and suffering as a result of reckless driving and negligence.

Original article by Peter Samore of

Image courtesy of Martin Addison (not of reported accident).

Memorial Day Drivers Urged to be Cautious

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Robert HallMemorial Day weekend has traditionally been of the most dangerous weekends on Utah’s roads, and if the trends of this year continue, we may see more of the same. The Utah Department of Transportation reports there have already been 74 fatalities on Utah’s roads thus far in 2012, up from 72 at the end of May last year. Said Robert Hall, director of traffic and safety for the Utah Department of Transportation, “We’re now trending above last year’s fatality numbers, which is a very disturbing trend.” Fatalities have been down 37% since the year 2000, though it appears this year may prove different.

With 6 major constructions going on across Utah right now, drivers need to watch for cones, signs, decreased speed limits, and temporary traffic signals. There have already been 2 deaths in construction zones so far this year, and millions are expected to travel by vehicle over the course of the next few days. For your sake and the sake of others, please be careful and vigilant while you drive.

If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident over Memorial Day due to the negligence of another, contact an auto accident attorney to discuss your case. The Christensen Law Firm will help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (801) 506-0800.

Risky Wednesday: Five Crashes In 21 Minutes

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Wednesday morning began with a crash on I-15 and ended with a total of five accidents in 21 minutes.

The first two crashes of the morning occurred at 7a.m. involving a semi-trailer rig and several cars heading northbound on the I-15 near 7200 South. The next involved at least three other cars on an interchange from the northbound I-15 to the westbound I-215. Neither accident involved fatalities.

Traffic was left at a standstill after these two accidents and Utah Highway Patrol Corporal Todd Johnson said that he believes this gridlock is what caused the next three accidents.

The first of the three accidents was another three-car-crash at 7:14 a.m. at 10600 South and northbound I-15. Two minutes later at 7:16 a.m. on the northbound I-15 near 7200 South, a four-car-crash occurred. The final accident of the morning was a two-car crash at 7:21 a.m. and was also on the northbound I-15, near 80th South.

Johnson said that he had not heard of anyone involved in any of the crashes having to be taken to hospitals for their injuries.

In a situation like this when accidents cause a change in traffic flow it is important to be even more aware of your surroundings. Your driving needs to adapt to the situation around you. Even if it is rush hour there is no good that will come from continuing to try and drive at high speeds.

Distracted driving is also a heightened issue when accidents have occurred. Speeds will increase and decrease often and quickly and if you are not paying attention you could be the next victim or cause of a car accident. Distracted driving includes changing your speed or taking your eyes off of the road to observe the accident that has happened. This decreases the flow of traffic and causes sudden stops and it also makes you less aware of the cars around you.

Car accidents are a time of nerves and hassle, especially when they occur on a highway at high speeds. It can be confusing trying to sort out the long list of things to do once you have been involved in a car accident. There’s an app for that. The Christensen Law Firm and the American Lawyer Academy have launched a new free application for the iphone called the Car Accident Sidekick.

With this app you will have access to:

• A step-by-step Accident Tip Checklist

• One-touch police dispatch and emergency center locator

• Easy completion of accident report forms with on-the-scene photo and audio        recording capabilities

• Real-time, GPS-enabled “Best Attorney” locator

• One-touch insurance claims filing

• One-touch access to tow trucks and taxis

• A built-in flashlight function

The application also has a function that allows you to file an insurance claim with the touch of a button and research a database of specially picked personal injury attorneys in each state. So, regardless of the state you are in when a car accident happens, qualified professional help is at your fingertips. For more information or for a free consultation call us today at 801.506.0800 to find out what options are available to you.



Salt Lake Car Accident Lawyer's Take On Sink Hole Fatality

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Salt Lake car accident lawyers often represent victims of accidents caused by the negligence of others, but finding a liable party may be difficult in the case of a sink hole related fatality. Heavy rains caused a large sink hole to open up on a Utah highway. The road collapsed into a 40 ft wide, 30 ft deep hole that caused Michael Barneck to crash his SUV. The driver’s 15-year old daughter, Justine Barneck, was tragically lost in the crash.

Accidents Represented By Salt Lake Car Accident Lawyers

It is unclear if there is a liable party in the case of this unfortunate disaster. The Utah Department of Transportation may be liable for negligent construction of the highway, but the heavy rain storm may also have been too much for the road even if it was properly constructed. A Salt Lake car accident lawyer would have to investigate the case more thoroughly to determine whether or not there was negligence on the state’s part. Typically, Salt Lake car accident lawyers represent victims of accidents caused by the identifiable negligence of reckless or dangerous drivers. In this particular case, it is difficult to tell what role a Salt Lake car accident lawyer could play in assisting the Barneck family without a more specific knowledge of the facts.

Call A Salt Lake Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another, a Salt Lake car accident lawyer can help you recover the damages you deserve. With the help of a Salt Lake car accident, you can recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and other damages. The Salt Lake car accident lawyers of the Christensen law firm are professional and honest. They will give you their honest evaluation of your case and make all the available legal options clear to you. Call (801) 506-0800 for a free consultation and find out what a Salt Lake car accident lawyer can do for you.

Italian Study Says Sleep Problems Increase the Risk of Teen Crashes

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

An Italian study published in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine shows that poor sleep quality increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents in teenagers. Findings show that young drivers were twice as likely to have had a crash if they experienced sleepiness while driving.

Fabio Cirignotta, lead author of the study and professor of neurology at the University of Bologna, said that the only efficient means to fight drowsiness is to find a safe place and nap for at least 10 minutes. Drinking coffee, rolling down the window, and listening to music are all temporary, and essentially, useless, according to Cirignotta.

Teens Deprived of Sleep

According to a self-administered questionnaire submit by the teenagers studied, an average teen needs approximately 9 hours of sleep each night. For various reasons, teens reported only getting about 7 hours of sleep per weekday night. Chronic sleep loss and poor sleep quality also affects the alertness of drivers, as 45% of teens reported waking in the night with difficulty falling back asleep and 40% having difficulties awaking in the morning.

Sleeping and Accident Prevention

Teens who have enough sleep can avoid severe injuries from vehicular crashes. An Australian study called the Sustained Wakefulness and Performance study by Lamond and Dawson documents that sleep loss can be similar or worse than alcohol intoxication.

However research shows serious benefits to proper sleeping habits. During sleep, the brain and many body organs are able to relax and recover. With proper sleep recovery from illnesses is speed up; accidents are prevented, and sleep can defend against potential heart attacks.

Contact a Utah Drowsy Driving Lawyers

Combining driving with sleep deprivation can prove fatal. In the ill-fated event that a drowsy driver injures you in a Utah accident, contact the Utah drowsy driving lawyers at the Christensen Law Firm for a free consultation at 801.506.0800.



Bike Ride Held to Honor Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident Fatality

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Brynn Barton, 24, was killed in a hit-and-run bicycle accident near Trolley Square on June 7. Police are still looking for the vehicle that hit her, which is described as an older model, dark-colored Volkswagen. It is a 4-door passenger car, possibly a Passat, that could have some front-end damage on it.

To honor this tragic hit-and-run bicycle accident, hundreds of bicyclists rode in honor of Brynn Barton near Trolley Square last Friday, June 17. This benefit ride was organized by two people unknown to Barton. Although the group was small at first, with the help of social networking and Facebook, over 900 volunteers from the cyclist community attended.

The ride began at 7 p.m., and the bicyclists rode through downtown to gather donations and raise cycling awareness. Originally the donations were meant for Barton’s family, but they decided they wanted the proceeds to go to Choice Humanitarian and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The ride ended around 8:30 p.m. at Liberty Park, where a candlelight vigil was held.

Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident Reminders

As weather continues to improve more cyclists will be sharing the road with vehicles. This means both motorists and cyclists will have to be cautious to avoid a hit-and-run bicycle accident. Bicyclists are expected to obey the same traffic laws as cars. This includes signaling and wearing a helmet and bright clothes. Motorists need to be aware of cyclists’ rights as well. They should provide at least a 3 foot buffer area when passing and absolutely should not be driving distracted or a hit-and-run bicycle accident becomes a possible reality.

Bicycle Laws in Utah

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

book_cover_bicycle_accidentUtah Bicycle Laws

As bicycle use continues to increase, it is important to be aware of laws regarding bicycle use. This pertains to both motorists and bicyclists alike. Here is a summary of Utah bicycle laws that were gathered by the Utah Bicycle Coalition. Some of these laws you may already know, others may come as a surprise.

  • It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle near a bicycle. The driver of an automobile may not knowingly drive within three feet of a moving bicycle.
  • A peace officer may at any time stop a bicyclist to inspect and test the bicycle if the officer has reason to believe that it is unsafe or not equipped according to state laws.
  • All bicyclists must have at least one hand on the steering handlebars at all times. A bicyclist may not carry a bundle, package, pack, or any other article that prohibits him/her from keeping both hands on the handle bars.
  • A bicycle may never carry more persons than it is properly designed for.
  • A bicyclist must never be attached to a moving motorized vehicle.
  • A bicycle may not be equipped with a siren or a horn. Furthermore, a bicycle must be equipped with proper brakes. The brakes must be able to completely stop the bicycle within 25 feet from a speed of 25 miles per hour.
  • When turning right, a bicyclist must extend his/her right hand and arm horizontally to signal to other motorists his/her intent to turn right.
  • A bicyclist is not required to signal by hand or arm continuously if it is needed to maintain proper control of the bicycle.
  • When turning left, a bicyclist must approach the term as close to the right curb as possible. The bicyclist must then ride across the intersection to the far corner of the intersection where he/she will stop as far from traffic as possible. Then, the bicyclist must yield to traffic and subsequently proceed in the new direction according to the traffic signals.
  • Bicyclists must always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and give an audible signal before overtaking a pedestrian.
  • A person may park his/her bicycle on a sidewalk unless prohibited by a traffic-control device. The parked bicycle must not impede normal flow of pedestrian traffic on the sidewalk.
  • When commuting at night, a bicycle must be equipped with a front headlight, a rear red deflector, side reflecting devices, all of which must be visible for 500 feet.

To learn more about bicycle safety, check out our free accident book with loads of information about bicycle accident injuries and bike safety.

Dealing the aftermath of Surviving a Utah DUI Accident

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

“3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related car crash in their lives”- MADD

Facts Surrounding the Salt Lake DUI Accident that Killed 1 and Injured 4

28-year-old Jeremy Kemple was returning home from celebrating his friend Michael Peterson’s 25th birthday when the fatal car accident occurred at the intersection of E Street and South Temple on March 23, 2010. The 26-year-old driver of the Honda Civic was driving drunk and smashed into the late Mr. Peterson’s Volkswagen Passat—killing Michael Peterson instantly and critically injuring Jeremy Kemple and the two passengers of the Honda.

Surviving A Utah Drunk Driving Accident

According to a KLS news interview, Jeremy Kemple describes his gratitude to be alive and the utter devastation of losing his friend in this horrific Utah drunk driving car accident. Jeremy sustained 10 fractures in his pelvis, a ruptured bladder, a collapsed lung, a severed spleen, and broken ribs. He has a metal contraption drilled into his hips to stabilize his pelvis and back. Jeremy is still an inpatient in a rehabilitation hospital and unable to work. He and his family are under a lot of stress dealing with the death of a loved one, the slow recovery of serious injuries, mounting medical bills and the inability to work. The severe and devastating consequences of the reckless actions of a drunk driver are apparent in this terrible DUI accident.

Drunk Driving Statistics

Despite the option to use a cab or to designate a sober driver, many people still consciously choose to drink and drive. Statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) demonstrate that every minute a person is injured by a drunk driver. Drunk drivers kill one person every 45 minutes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 32% of the total traffic accident fatalities of 2008 were caused by drunk drivers.

Hiring an Experienced Personal injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a tragic accident with a drunk driver, it is important to speak to a skilled Utah personal injury lawyer. There are several key legal and insurance issues that affect wrongful death claims and DUI accident cases. Ken Christensen, attorney of the Christensen Law Firm, understands how overwhelming this process is for Utah accident victims. That is why he offers a FREE no obligation consultation where you are given the opportunity to have all your questions answered and to learn about what legal rights and protections are available to you and your family.

Please contact us today at 801.506.0800 to schedule your FREE no obligation consultation.