Salt Lake City, UT- In 2015, cell phone use accounts for a third of fatal accidents, but distracted driving doesn’t always involve a phone. There are a myriad of the other activities a driver can engage in which can lead to a devastating crash as exhibited by a recent Salt Lake City accident.
On Wednesday (June 10th) afternoon, a 25-year-old woman slammed in to the rear of a vehicle stopped at a red light with such force that a rear passenger was killed. Police later learned that the driver was distracted.
KSL.com reports that 25-year-old Salt Lake City woman was traveling in the northbound lanes of Bangerter Ave. in a Nissan Rogue when she became preoccupied with cleaning her glasses and failed to notice traffic had stopped in front of her. She then struck a Dodge Neon sitting at a red light.
A 15-year-old boy in the backseat of the car was killed, according to the TV station, and two other occupants were seriously injured, but are expected to survive.
West Valley Police Lt. Scott Buchanan told KSL.com that he believes the Rogue driver was going about 50 mph at the point of impact. She was not injured and police have not decided whether she will be cited for the accident.
Too many drivers don’t realize how risky it is to take their eyes of the road for even for a second or two. What could happen? In just four seconds a car traveling at 55mph can travel the length of a football field and a lot can change in those few seconds.
Drivers know that the distracted driving is risky, but they do it anyway. Certainly, cell phones are the greatest danger, but this accident shows that motorists do plenty behind the wheel that takes their eyes off the road and leads to tragic traffic collisions. Teens and adults alike are guilty of distracted driving.
Motorists need to keep their eyes on the road, otherwise they could cause an accident that changes their life and the life of others. Drivers whose reckless actions lead to a serious crash will have to financial responsibility for their victims’ injuries, whether they are issued a traffic citation or not.
People who have been injured or lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident have rights and legal avenues they can explore to get compensation for their medical expenses and emotional distress. To understand these avenues, accident victims should speak to a Utah accident attorney about their accident and which route will result in the best settlement.
If you have been injured in an accident in Salt Lake City you are urged to contact an attorney ASAP. They will give you all the information you need and will begin working on your claim. USAttorneys will help you locate an experienced and entrusted personal injury attorney in your area to get started on your case. The sooner you act, the more likely you are to present a successful claim.
 

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