“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.