Jeffrey Bascom Gets 5 Years Prison Sentence for Texting and Driving

Jeffrey Bascom Gets 5 Years Prison Sentence for Texting and Driving

Jeffrey Lloyd Bascom, 29 years old, was sentenced to five years in prison for causing the death of Thomas Lavelle Clark, a 9th grader at Vernal Junior High School. Bascom will also serve a concurrent six-month term for possession of spice. According to KSL.com news, Bascom was driving a pickup truck that struck Clark while he and a friend were walking along 500 West near 1200 South at about 9 p.m. The report says the impact threw the 15-year-old about 40 feet in the air. He landed next to a barbed wire fence that separates a cow pasture from a roadside ditch. His friend was not injured. Clark was taken by ambulance to Ashley Regional Medical Center, and then transferred by helicopter to Primary Children’s Medical Center. He was removed from life support Monday and died about 1:20 p.m. Police authorities disclosed that Bascom was using his cell phone when he struck Clark. The teenager was wearing a neon yellow sweatshirt at the time of the accident and would not be hard to notice if Bascom had not been distracted by his cell phone. According to KSL.com, a check of court records shows that Bascom has a long history of traffic violations, including one conviction for alcohol-related reckless driving in 2008 and 10 citations for speeding since 2003. The court record also shows that in three of those speeding cases he was driving more than 30 mph above the posted speed limit. Aside from the prison term, Bascom is also required to perform community service and will talk about the dangers of distracted driving, especially on texting and driving....
Toone Family vs. Bugman

Toone Family vs. Bugman

The attorneys at Karon & Dalimonte have announced that they will be handling a wrongful death suit against Coleman Nocks. In  February of 2010 the Toone family hired Coleman Nocks, then an exterminator at Bugman, to handle their home’s small rat infestation in Layton. A few days after the first treatment of rat poison was laid all of the six family members fell ill. The mother Brenda Toone assumed that the family had all come down with a bout of common food poisoning, but after two days her four year old daughter’s health began to decline. She was taken to the hospital where she passed away within the day. This Family’s tragedy and heart break was only compounded three days later when the girl’s 15 month old sister also passed away. Their deaths have been attributed to accidental exposure to rat poisoning. The FDA code for safe distribution of pesticides mandates that strong poisons, like the Fumitoxin that was used, must remain outside of a 15 foot radius from a dwelling. Fumitoxin in this case was administered in pellet form. Upon investigation the poison pellets were found to be between 3 to 7 feet from the entrances to the living space. The Bugman has been accused of negligent behavior both due to the misplacement of the pellets as well as the disregard of client phone calls. Prior to the hospitalization of her little girls Brenda had attempted to call Bugman regarding an odd chemical smell in the home, now known to be the deadly contamination. Nocks did not investigate the concern, despite having access to chemical detection services like ...
Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Claim

Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Claim

A few years ago, we all remember when the news came that pop idol Michael Jackson had died. The famous and tragic death came about because of the insomnia medication he was taking. The doctor who prescribed the powerful anesthetic, Dr. Conrad Murray, is currently serving a prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter. Jackson’s family is now bringing a case against concert promoter AEG Live, claiming a wrongful death. AEG will argue that Jackson’s death was his own fault, whereas his family will claim that the company was responsible for hiring Dr. Murray. There is evidence of Michael’s own drug abuse, and his awareness as a grown adult. Also, that the doctor was chosen by Michael himself, was his longtime physician, and could have been fired at will by the singer. There is also evidence that AEG was negligent in hiring, because they should have predicted Murray would use dangerous drugs. The date the claim will go to court has not yet been publicized, but it will be a very interesting case. A Wrongful Death claim can be viable if a company or party is believed to have been negligent to the point of causing death. If he, she, or it should be held liable for a death, typically the family of the deceased will bring the claim. If you have experienced the death of a loved one because of the negligence of someone else, call us today for a free consultation: 801-506-0800. The expert attorneys Christensen & Hymas will fight with integrity for the justice your family deserves.   Image courtesy...
Toyota Settles Utah Van Alfen and Lloyd Case

Toyota Settles Utah Van Alfen and Lloyd Case

In 2010, Paul Van Aflen and Charlene Lloyd were killed when their Toyota Camry slammed into a wall in 2010. Toyota has recently settled with their families on the claim that there was an accelerator problem. Witnesses, passengers, and investigators have come to the conclusion that the accident happened because of a sudden, unmanned acceleration. Skid marks on the road confirm that Van Alfen tried to stop the car, as it went through a stop sign, through an intersection, and ultimately crashed into a wall. The gas pedal was stuck. In another earlier case, a California highway Patrol officer and three of his family members were killed in San Diego, when their Toyota-built Lexus reached speeds of over 120 mph. They hit an SUV, were launched off an embankment, and rolled several times before bursting into flames. These cases have spurred a series of Toyota vehicle recalls involving more than 14 million cars. Hundreds of similar law suits have flooded in around the country. Last month, Toyota settled with more than $1 billion to resolve the suits claiming sudden acceleration problems. With regards to these law suits, Toyota has blamed driver errors, faulty floor mats, and/or stuck accelerator pedals for the problems. They issued the following statement: “We sympathize with anyone in an accident involving one of our vehicles. However, we continue to stand fully behind the safety and integrity of Toyota’s Electronic Throttle Control System, which multiple independent evaluations have confirmed as safe.” If you have been injured in a car accident due to a faulty make or model, you need to have an accident attorney on your side....
Wrongful Death Texting Case goes to Court

Wrongful Death Texting Case goes to Court

In Vernal Utah, the mother of a 15-year-old boy who was killed in a car crash, filed a wrongful death suit. The case was filed against Jeffrey Lloyd Bascom, the man whom police say crashed his car because he was texting, killing the 15-year-old pedestrian. On September 2nd, the boy and a friend were walking shoulder to the street when he was hit from behind by Bascom, driving a pickup truck. The impact threw the teen nearly 40 feet through the air, and his friend escaped any injury. 28-year-old Bascom stayed at the sight until police arrived, openly admitting that he had been texting at the moment of collision. Jeffrey Bascom is facing both criminal and civil suits. The wrongful death suit filed by the victim’s mother is a civil suit, while the automobile homicide charge is criminal. He is looking at potentially 20 years in prison, if he is convicted. Texting and driving has become an increasing source of danger on the roads. In one month in 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the US. Nearly 50% more than the amount of messages sent two years before. Texting and driving is a serious risk: One is 23 times more likely to crash when texting. In the time it takes to read a received text message, or look at a phone long enough to send one, (an average of 4.6 seconds)  a car can travel the entire length of a football field. Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37% If you or someone you know has...
Elderly Pedestrian Dies in Sunset, UT

Elderly Pedestrian Dies in Sunset, UT

In an early morning pedestrian-vehicle accident, KSL reports that an elderly man has died from injuries sustained in the accident. The accident occurred just before 7 AM this morning as the man was trying to cross the street, apparently trying to make it to a bus stop. There was no crosswalk where the man crossed at Main Street and 2300 North, but there was one on the opposite side of the light. The man apparently crossed against traffic as the light was green for oncoming traffic. The man was well known to the area and was often seen making this particular walk; he was 85 and lived alone. Our thoughts are with this man as well as the individual that struck and killed him, which accident quite evidently was unintentional. We hope that the deceased man’s family will find comfort and the driver may also find a measure of peace....