A verdict was rendered regarding the case of a 15 year old boy who died after being hit by a car at a dangerous crossing while heading for the school bus stop. The jury awarded the guardian of the boy $20 million for her losses.
The Desert News is reporting the for the first time in 15 years, the number of traffic fatalities in Utah has risen for the third year in a row. Last year, 275 people died on Utah roads. Officials say as many as 94 % of those deaths were preventable. We all share the same roadway, and we need to find a way to do it safely protecting not just those in vehicles, but pedestrians and bicyclists.
Truck Accident/ Auto Accident/Pedestrian Accident: Why you need Uninsured Motorist Coverage.
It was recently reported that a man is in the hospital in serious condition after he allegedly stole an SUV and crashed it into a concrete flood control tunnel during a police pursuit. The thief found the SUV running and unlocked at a convenience store. Investigators said the owner of the vehicle quickly called police after watching the thief hop in the driver’s seat and take off. Police located the SUV traveling on the freeway a short time later.
A man was killed in a Salt Lake County car accident when a car struck him in the roadway. According to a news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred downtown Salt Lake City near Temple square. Officials say the man was crossing the road when a vehicle turned and struck him. He succumbed to his injuries at LDS hospital a few hours later. The driver remained at the scene and it is unclear if the motorist will face charges.
Cars aren’t the only things out there being hit by other cars. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 34,000 pedestrian fatalities last year in the United States. As adults, we understand the basics when it comes to safety and walking and crossing our streets. Our kids, however, can actually be quite vulnerable when they are outside near streets and traffic. They are full of energy, but they also sometimes lack judgment when it comes to walking or riding their bike.
Teaching children basic crosswalk rules and rules of the road are just some of the ways to keep our kids safe. Safe driving is critical to keeping our communities and our children accident free. We all have a role to play, whether you own a car, bike or just a good pair of shoes.
Here are 10 ways to help improve child pedestrian safety, whether you’re walking or driving:
Have you or a loved one been involved in a car, truck or pedestrian accident recently? Do you want to take action but are unsure of what or how to do it? Here are the answers to a few questions our new clients ask frequently:
Will I ruin the life of the person who hit me if I make a claim?
NO! You are making a claim AGAINST THEIR INSURANCE COMPANY, not the individual. The premiums they have been paying all these years protect them and pay for your damages and injuries. The same would be true if you caused an accident. YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY WILL PROTECT YOU!
Ice and snow ruining your morning commute? Your tires may not be the only thing sliding around this winter. Car accidents aren’t the only accidents keeping emergency rooms busy. Emergency rooms get plenty of business from slip and fall accidents, too.
Protect your family, friends, customers and clients by being proactive with snow removal. Shovel early and often. Be sure your sidewalks and stairs are salted several times a day. Fix any gutters that may leak and cause ice patches to form on your sidewalks and entrances to your building.
Holiday shopping can be enjoyable and stressful at the same time. One thing that is never enjoyable and always stressful is navigating your way through the parking lot. How many times have you stretched your neck to see if there is a free spot hiding behind a big car just to see a little car? How many times have you slyly stalked shoppers leaving the store so you can steal their spot?
Let’s be honest. We have all been there. We will do anything to get the perfect parking spot. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing but here are some things you can do to take the stress out of getting that perfect spot!
Pedestrian safety is a serious issue. According to the Utah Driver Handbook, a pedestrian is a person on foot or who uses a conveyance such as skates, skateboard, et., other than a bicycle. Pedestrian deaths occur in 17 percent of all traffic fatalities! Considering how dangerous and deadly pedestrian accidents can be, it would seem logical that pedestrians always have the right of way. This is FALSE, PEDESTRIANS DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY.