Pedestrian accidents can be devastating for victims. A collision between a vehicle and a person often results in serious injuries for the pedestrian. In Salt Lake City, police are currently looking for a driver who struck a pedestrian and then fled the scene. The incident highlights the dangers that pedestrians face and the difficulties they can run into when working to secure compensation for what happened. The Salt Lake City pedestrian accident attorneys at the Jardine Law Offices P.C. want to discuss these incidents.
Yet Another Salt Lake Hit-And-Run Accident
On January 31, a driver in silver Nissan Versa struck a pedestrian that was crossing S. State. The man struck was in his 40s and was left in critical condition. Based on evidence from the scene, police say that they believe the driver of the Nissan stopped a few blocks from the crash to survey the damage to the vehicle before taking off again.
Police have not yet released the name of the victim, but he was taken to a local hospital. Police say that they found the vehicle responsible for the incident abandoned the next day a few blocks from the scene.
Utah Pedestrian Accident Statistics
During the latest reporting year in Utah, there were 830 vehicle crashes involving pedestrians. Out of those incidents, 811 people were injured and 38 were killed. According to data from the state, the leading contributing factors of drivers in a pedestrian accident include:
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Hit and run
- Failure to keep in the proper lane
- Too fast for conditions
The top locations that pedestrians are struck in Utah are marked crosswalks, in the roadway, unmarked crosswalks at intersections, sidewalks, and midblock crosswalks.
These incidents are dangerous for pedestrians. The human body has very little protection from the force of a vehicle slamming into it, so it is not uncommon for our Salt Lake City pedestrian accident attorneys to help clients who have sustained the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries/head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Internal organ damage/internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
In Utah, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident. Those who are charged with hit-and-run could face jail time and fines.
We Are Ready To Help You Through This
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by another person’s negligent actions, seek legal assistance today. Whether this is a hit and run incident or if the at-fault driver is known, we want to investigate this case so we can secure the compensation you need. This can include:
- Your medical expenses related to the pedestrian crash
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against the negligent party