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Salt Lake City, UT (May 24, 2022) – Officers from the Salt Lake City Police Department are currently investigating a hit-and-run incident that left one man with critical injuries on Tuesday, May 24th.

Police were informed of a collision between two vehicles in the area of California Avenue and 4400 West and California Avenue at about 8:00 a.m.

An investigation determined that the drivers were engaged in a disagreement, leading to one of them chasing the other in their vehicles.  

The collision involved three cars and a truck. The force of the truck’s impact pushed one of the cars into the path of an oncoming vehicle unrelated to the incident.

EMTs at the scene transported the driver of the uninvolved vehicle, a man in his 50s, to a local medical facility in a critical condition. 

The driver of the truck then fled the scene.

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Statistics for Motor Vehicle Collisions in Utah

Over three million residents call Utah home, all of whom live, raise families, work, and play. Sadly, as stunning as our state’s landscape is, it also has one of the highest rates of automobile collisions in the country. Many of these crashes result in severe injuries or even death for the people involved. 

As highlighted in data examined by the Utah Department of Public Safety, car crashes within the state continue to cause an increasing number of annual deaths. In 2020, more than 53,000 automobile accidents happened in Salt Lake County alone, causing some extent of injury to more than 16,000 people. During that same year, roughly 270 people were killed in car crashes throughout the county. 

Some of the most common causes of car accidents in Utah include things such as:

  • Aggressive or offensive driving
  • Driving while drugged, drunk, or otherwise under the influence
  • Driving while drowsy or fatigued
  • Driving at excessive speeds

In many cases, the victims of these incidents are pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcycle riders.

As you traverse Utah’s roadways, there are steps you can take to ensure the safety of yourself and your family such as always making sure you are properly restrained, obeying all applicable road signage and traffic laws, and always keeping your eyes on the road in front of you. Never try to operate a vehicle when you are fatigued and keep your books, cell phone, and other distractions out of reach or out of sight so they do not pose a risk to you, your passengers, or those with whom you share the roadway.

Regardless of how mindful and meticulous you may be, it is simply not feasible for you to prevent or predict circumstances caused by another driver’s negligence. If you are hurt in a crash that you didn’t cause, we urge you to speak with a practiced personal injury lawyer in Utah as soon as you can.  

Our personal injury attorneys can help you get the justice you seek and the financial compensation you need. Depending on the events leading up to your accident, you could be entitled to recovery for your medical costs, lost income, pain, suffering, and a lot more.  

After being hurt in a car accident that was not your fault, contact our Utah personal injury attorneys at (801) 350-3506 to schedule a complimentary case review and learn 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.