Salt Lake City, UT (July 13, 2022) – The Utah Highway Patrol responded to a single-vehicle accident involving a piece of metal road debris on Wednesday, July 13th on Interstate 215 in the area of California Avenue in Salt Lake City.
The driver of the car stated that another vehicle cut in front of her causing a large piece of metal to come dislodged from the load it was carrying and fly directly through her windshield.
The victims sustained lacerations from the shattering glass but are expected to make a full recovery.
The Utah Highway Patrol said its troopers handle roughly 75 calls concerning road debris every day, several of which lead to accidents. Troopers handled over 30,000 road debris incidents in 2020.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Every year, numerous victims are harmed in accidents caused by dangerous road conditions. When Utah residents get behind the wheel, they do so believing that the streets and highways they are about to drive on were not only designed but also maintained with their safety in mind.
Depending on the cause of the accident, a driver, town, county, utility company, or construction company may be responsible for your injuries. When these entities fail to develop and upkeep roadways and their surrounding areas in a safe manner, dangerous accidents can happen.
Streets and highways across the state need to be laid out in such a way that they can accommodate a wide variety of traffic, such as motorcycles, bicycles, all kinds of cars, SUVs, and tractor-trailers as safely as possible. When a municipality or corporation fails to do so, it can be held liable for the resulting damages.
Establishing liability for a traffic accident caused by unsafe conditions on state or local roadways can be difficult. Some potentially at-fault parties include:
- In the event that a poorly maintained vehicle or inadequately secured object, such as furniture, ladder, mattress, or other household or construction-related item caused your accident, the driver of that vehicle could be liable.
- Truck operators, truck owners, or other people involved in the trucking industry could be held accountable for incompetently fastened cargo, overcrowded trailers, incorrectly secured trailers, and tire blow-outs.
- If insufficiently maintained roadways, such as one with a damaged or missing guardrail or a major pothole that has gone unrepaired resulted in your accident, a government entity could be to blame.
Hazardous road conditions can also include obstructed or improper signage, inadequate lighting, poor road construction, unsafe speed limits, malfunctioning stoplights, potholes, uneven asphalt, and more.
If you sustained an injury caused by another person or entity’s negligent behavior, contact a Utah personal injury lawyer at Jardine Law Offices P.C. at (801) 350-3506 to schedule a no-obligation case assessment to see how we can help you.
Notes: The details and information utilized to create this post were gathered through the use of secondary sources. The details surrounding this accident have not been independently verified by the writing staff at Jardine Law Offices P.C.. These sources include but are not limited to newspaper stories, local news sources, local and state police reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious accidents that take place in Utah. If you locate any information that is inaccurate, please contact us right away so that we can update the post with the most accurate information available. If you would like the post to be removed, please let us know and we will remove it as soon as possible.
Disclaimers: The attorneys at Jardine Law Offices P.C. have worked hard through the years to build a solid business reputation in the community. We write about these serious incidents to bring awareness about the dangers associated with driving in hopes that our fellow community members will use an abundance of caution when operating a motor vehicle and avoid being involved in a serious accident themselves. This story is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos used in this post are not taken from the scene of this accident.