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St. George, UT (May 08, 2022) – At about 10:00 p.m., a pedestrian in a crosswalk at the intersection of Bluff Street and Main Street in St. George was struck by a driver on Saturday, May 7th leaving them with head trauma and a concussion.

The St. George Police Department reported that South Bluff Street was shut down following the incident and traffic was rerouted to Black Ridge Drive or Main Street.

The victim, a 15-year-old boy, was transported to a local medical facility. He sustained a serious concussion and had to have his head stapled due to a moderate head injury.   

Information on the driver of the car has not been made available.

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

Pedestrian Injuries in Utah

A pedestrian is anyone who walks in a developed area or alongside a roadway. They are, essentially, anyone traveling on foot, even if they are simply crossing a parking lot. Local and state laws govern how and when pedestrians use the roadways and are designed to help keep them safe.

Although any intersection is considered a pedestrian area, not all intersections have marked crosswalks. Any intersection is an appropriate place for a pedestrian to cross unless the road has a high-speed limit or is busy. In more urban areas, commonly busy intersections are often outfitted with skyways or bridges.  

When a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, vehicles are required to yield the right of way. Considering the enormous difference between the size and weight of a motor vehicle and the size and weight of a pedestrian, vehicles are expected to yield in almost all circumstances. 

Thanks to the exponential rise in the number of distracted drivers on Utah’s roadways, many motorists fail to notice pedestrians or give any consideration to their safety. In their hurry to get to an appointment or make it through a stoplight, drivers frequently fly through crosswalks, putting the roadway’s most vulnerable users, pedestrians, in danger. Pedestrians involved in vehicle accidents often sustain catastrophic injuries that have disastrous, and sometimes permanent, outcomes.

Pedestrians do not have safety features or the weight of a metal frame to shield them from the impact. The ensuing injuries often result in serious physical, financial, and emotional repercussions. Sadly, the insurance carriers and the person responsible will not want to pay you fair compensation. They will stop at nothing to undervalue or dismiss your claim, leaving you without the restitution you so badly need.   

When you hire an attorney to represent you after a pedestrian accident, your chances of full economic recovery greatly improve. A seasoned lawyer will be able to tell you if your claim is being properly handled. With their years of experience on your side, you can rest easy that evidence is being collected in your favor and an effective legal strategy that will help you reach your goals is being developed. 

If you were injured or lost a family member as a result of someone’s careless driving, contact our personal injury attorneys in Utah at 801-350-3506 to schedule a free case review.  

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.