Salt Lake City, UT (October 17, 2021) – One woman was killed and three more were injured in a collision between two vehicles in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 16th.
The accident took place at about 12:00 p.m. near the intersection of 500 North and 1200 West after police were notified of a car driving erratically.
Police found the car on U.S. 89 at Center Street and attempted to pull the vehicle over but the vehicle fled and, in the process, collided with another vehicle with a female driver and passenger.
One woman died and the other sustained life-threatening injuries.
The two men in the other vehicle were taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing the two men sharing a bottle of whiskey while driving. Bottles were also found at the scene.
Police from North Salt Lake, Woods Cross, Salt Lake City, and the Davis County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the crash.
The identities of those involved have not yet been released.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Just like other kinds of car accidents, liability on the part of the intoxicated driver must be established in order for you to receive financial compensation for your losses. Losses in a DUI claim include both economic and non-economic. Under very limited circumstances, punitive damages can also be pursued because the driver showed gross negligence in their decision to drive drunk.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that one person was killed by a drunk driver every 48 minutes in 2017, meaning 10,874 people died in alcohol-related car crashes that year. This represents 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.
In 2018 and 2019, the rate of arrests for drunk and drugged driving dropped 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.
When injuries are sustained during a crash due to another party’s negligence, victims should immediately seek legal guidance from an 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.
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.
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.
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