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Salt Lake City, UT (August 26, 2021) – A 26-year-old man was arrested following a fatal motorcycle accident in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, August 25th. 

Police said the suspect was driving drunk at the time.

Reports show that at about 10:40 p.m., a motorcycle rider was heading southbound on 300 West in the area of 900 South as a car was pulled out of a driveway directly into the motorcycle’s path.

Paramedics transported the motorcyclist to a local hospital but they passed away. 

The driver of the car, 26-year-old Wilhelm Robert Heider, was taken into custody on one count of automobile homicide while driving under the influence.

Arresting documents show that Heider admitted to having at least four drinks. His blood alcohol content was shown to be 0.129, well over the 0.05 limit.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Drunk Driving Accidents in Salt Lake City

Similar to other kinds of car crashes, liability on the part of the intoxicated driver has to 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 very special circumstances, punitive damages may also be sought because the driver showed gross negligence in their decision to drive drunk.

When injuries are sustained during a crash due to another party’s negligence, victims should immediately seek legal guidance from a car accident attorney in Salt Lake City. 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.

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

Salt Lake City Car Accident Attorneys

At Jardine Law Offices P. C., our Salt Lake City 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.

In 2018 and 2019, the rate of arrests for drunk and drugged drivers fell by 4%. The largest percentage of these drivers were arrested in Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, and Utah counties, making up 70% of the state’s drunk driving arrests. Every remaining county outside of Wasatch Front added together comprised just 30% of Utah’s drunk driving crashes, a figure that is disproportionate to the region’s population.

 If you have been injured in a crash because of someone else’s actions, talk with our Salt Lake City 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.