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Orem, UT (October 31, 2021) – One person was killed and another severely injured when their car was hit by a pick-up truck while it was stopped in the emergency lane on Interstate 15 on Sunday, October 31st in Orem.

Sources reported that, at about 12:05 a.m., a Kia was stopped in the righthand, southbound emergency lane of I-15 near the exit for 800 North in Orem when a Toyota pick-up truck drifted into the emergency lane and crashed into the stopped vehicle.

The Kia’s passenger was killed on impact. The driver was taken by ambulance to a local trauma center in serious, life-threatening condition.

The driver of the Toyota was unharmed during the crash and was later arrested for possible DUI. 

Four lanes of the interstate were shut down while UHP investigated the accident. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family in hopes of a full recovery.

DUI Accidents in Utah

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published that one person was killed by a drunk driver every 48 minutes in 2017, indicating that 10,874 people died in alcohol-related car accidents that year. This represents 29% of all traffic fatalities in the United States. These totals were nearly identical to totals from 2016, which, at that time, had not been that low since 1985. 

In 2018 and 2019, the rate of arrests for driving under the influence dropped by 4%. The largest portion of these drivers were arrested in Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, and Utah counties, accounting for 70% of the state’s drunk driving arrests. Every remaining county outside of Wasatch Front combined comprised just 30% of Utah’s drunk driving accidents, a total that is disproportionate to the region’s population.

No different than other kinds of car accidents, liability on the part of the intoxicated driver must be proven in order for you to receive financial compensation for your losses. Losses in a DUI claim include both economic and non-economic. In a very limited number of cases, punitive damages can also be pursued because the driver exhibited gross negligence in their decision to drive drunk.

Orem Car Accident Attorneys

When injuries are sustained during a crash due to another party’s negligence, victims should immediately seek legal guidance from an accident attorney in Orem. Anytime somebody is harmed and another person was the cause of that harm, they are able to receive financial compensation for their damages and losses.

At Jardine Law Offices P. C., our Orem car accident attorneys see to it that their personal injury clients get the justice they are looking for. They will do everything possible to ensure that their clients are able to collect the greatest amount of monetary compensation allotted for their claim.

 If you have been injured in a crash because of someone else’s actions, talk with our Utah personal injury attorneys at (801) 350-3506 to schedule a free claim evaluation 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. 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. 

Disclaimers: The attorneys at Jardine Law Offices 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.