Drivers in and around Salt Lake City should not have to worry about being harmed due to the carelessness of a drunk driver. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents are far too common in this area. At the Jardine Law Offices P.C., our Salt Lake City car accident lawyers want to discuss a recent incident that has left a family mourning the loss of a loved one. Our team is dedicated to helping victims of other driver’s negligence secured the compensation they deserve.
What Happened In This Salt Lake City Car Crash?
A recent car accident in Salt Lake City that was caused by an alleged drunk driver has taken the life of a 50-year-old woman. The victim’s family said she would have celebrated her 51st birthday on January 25.
Authorities say that the 50-year-old mother’s vehicle was struck by a speeding Tesla that ran the red light near North Temple and 900 West on January 5. The woman was taken to the hospital but died after suffering critical injuries.
The victim was on her way to work on her day off to lend a hand. Detective Greg Wilking of the Salt Lake City Police Department says that the driver of the Tesla could be charged with DUI.
These Incidents Are Tragic
During the latest reporting year in Utah, the state government says that there were nearly 2,000 total alcohol-related driver crashes. Out of those incidents:
- 55 people died
- 1,095 people were injured
During the latest reporting year in Utah, 2.9 of all crashes involved an impaired driver. However, these incidents accounted for around 20 of all traffic fatalities.
Impaired driving crashes are dangerous. Drunk drivers often travel at high rates of speed and fail to follow traffic laws, as evidenced by the story mentioned above. It is not uncommon for victims of drunk driving accidents to incur the following injuries in a crash:
- Traumatic brain injuries/head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Internal organ damage/internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
These injuries require significant medical care and often result in life-long disabilities for victims. Drunk driving crash victims can incur tremendous medical bills. If a victim cannot work while they recover, they could lose the income they need to support themselves and their family members.
We Can Help You Through This
If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the recklessness or negligence of an impaired driver, seek legal assistance immediately. At the Jardine Law Offices P.C., our dedicated and experienced team is ready to investigate your case in order to secure the compensation you deserve. This could include:
- Coverage of medical expenses related to the crash
- Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
- Coverage of any necessary physical therapy
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the impaired driver