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Milford, UT (June 24, 2021) – The two victims who were killed in a car crash in Milford on Monday, June 21st have been identified. The driver was 47-year-old Misty Henrie. Her passenger was 41-year-old Stephen Polanshek. 

Police said the accident took place at about 9:30 p.m. on Main Street in the area of 400 South when a Pontiac Grand Prix and a Honda motorcycle were seen traveling northbound on Main Street when, for reasons that have yet to be determined, both vehicles lost control. The Pontiac spun out, left the roadway, and crashed into a light pole and a building before coming to a stop in the oncoming lane of traffic. 

The motorcycle crashed just south of the car and came to a stop in the northbound lane.

The occupants of the Pontiac, Henrie and Polanshek, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The motorcycle rider sustained non-critical injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased victims, Mrs. Misty Henrie, and Mr. Polanshek, at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family in hopes of a full recovery.

Claims Against the Deceased in Milford

When the injured plaintiff or the respondent dies as the result of an automobile accident in Utah, judicial code 78B-3-107 lays the groundwork for any subsequent legal claim.

This law states that even though the injured party died, their estate still has a legal claim against the respondent. The death of the victim does not signify that the negligent driver is somehow excused from their financial obligation to the family or estate of the deceased.

This same law comes into play if the negligent driver died during the accident. In this situation, the claim for damages would instead be brought against the estate of the deceased.

This law is applied in cases where either the injured victim, at-fault driver, or both, are killed as a result of the crash. The victim’s claim for financial compensation is valid regardless of which side of the bench the deceased was on. 

When victims pass away from injuries sustained in accidents caused by reckless, negligent, or careless drivers, their families may be entitled to compensation. Filing a legal claim with a responsive and effective wrongful death attorney in the Salt Lake City area can help to ensure your legal rights are protected after enduring the loss of a loved one.

The Utah fatal accident attorneys at Jardine Law Offices have extensive experience helping grieving families get the justice they deserve after losing loved ones in preventable collisions. Our team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach toward protecting the legal rights of families throughout the Salt Lake City area. 

Right from the beginning, we begin to put together strong legal claims that best demonstrate the negligence of the defendant. With adequate evidence, case law, and dedication, we aggressively negotiate settlements for our clients that ensure they are fully and fairly compensated for the economic and non-economic damages they face moving forward. 

If your loved one lost their lives in an accident, due to the negligence of another person, contact our personal injury attorneys in Salt Lake City at (801) 350-3506 to see how our team can help you get the justice you deserve for your loved one. Our team is available to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s accident.

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. 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 Farmington and Salt Lake City, 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. 

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