Around 12 am this Tuesday morning, a 19-year-old Pleasant Grove woman failed to yield to traffic, made a left hand turn into a motorcyclist. In a Salt Lake Tribune interview, Lindon Police Chief Cody Cullimore, confirmed that the 29 -year-old motorcyclist sustained serious head, chest and leg injuries in this motorcycle verses car accident. The motorcyclist was flown by life flight to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center where he remains in critical condition. The woman driving the SUV stated she made an illegal left turn because she glanced down at her watch and did not see the motorcycle.
My thoughts and prayers go out to this young man and his friend and family. I hope that this motorcycle accident victim makes a full and speedy recovery.
What Caused This Motorcycle Accident
This unfortunate Utah motorcycle verses automobile accidents was caused by distracted driving. According to the NHTSA, Distracted Driving accounts for 80% of motor vehicle collisions nationwide. Due to the late hour, drowsy driving could very well be a contributing factor for this Utah car collision. The National safety Council reports that looking at an external object, in this case a wrist watch, your likelihood of being in a car accident is increased by 3.7 times. Defensive Driving techniques are essential skills that all motorists should adopt to keep Utah roads safer.
National Survey on Distracted Driving
In a national survey conducted by NHTSA and OSHA, motorists admitted to committing the following behaviors of distracted driving:
- 96% Talking to passenger while driving
- 89% Adjusting vehicle climate/radio/CD controls
- 74% Eating a meal or snack while driving
- 51% Using a Cell Phone
What an Experienced Salt Lake Personal Injury Attorney Can Do For You
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