Personal Injury Attorney

Personal Injury Attorney

The idea of talking to a personal injury lawyer may be intimidating to some individuals. Once you’ve been hurt and you know someone else is at fault, but maybe you think addressing the issue on your own is easier. Your thought may be to submit an insurance claim and wait for the payment to be made. However, there are many ways a personal injury lawyer can significantly enhance your chance of getting paid for your medical bills and other damages incurred. Sometimes personal injury claims can be very complicated, most especially if multiple parties are involved in the collision. It can also be complicated to make claims if your injuries are severe and will require treatment for a long duration, or lead to some degree of disability. A personal injury lawyer can help to ensure that you get a fair settlement for your claim. If you handle it all alone, there is high tendency of getting less than your claim is actually worth. Once you hire a personal injury attorney, your attorney can take care of the case and also deal with the necessary details while you concentrate on recovering from the injuries you sustain and also take care of your family. There are some steps along the process after your accident where an experienced Utah personal injury lawyer can be valuable.

Investigation

There is need for you to gather evidence to support your allegations that the other person caused your accident, and that you have sustained injuries that can be compensated financially whenever you have an accident and want to make a claim for your injuries. A personal injury lawyer will know the kind of evidence you need, how to source for such evidence, and how to prove with the evidence that the other person’s recklessness, negligence, or intentional actions caused your injuries. Your lawyer should also have a set of experienced people who can assist with the various aspect of the investigation. Such individuals may include a physician who can perform an assessment on your injuries, an accident reconstruction expert, or an appraisal that can assist to determine the value of the damaged property.

Negotiation

After gathering all the evidence, your lawyer will put it into writing as a demand letter to the insurance company of the individual that caused your injuries. The demand letter will state clearly what happened to you, how you are affected, and also make a demand for the compensation owed to you based on such facts and evidence. The demand letter is the first step to take in the process of negotiation. A good personal injury attorney brings to the negotiations knowledge of Utah law, insurance policies, and the claims processes, as well as an understanding of the approach most insurance companies use to try to minimize the amount they pay out. Your lawyer can negotiate on your behalf based on his or her knowledge so as to get a reasonable settlement for you.

Litigation

A lawsuit may become necessary if the insurance company refuse to pay you. A good personal injury lawyer brings your case to the state and federal court where your case will be heard, including working with judges, clerks, and the lawyer who may be representing the other side. Your lawyer will also be with you through every step of the litigation process, from writing and filing the complaint to trying the case in the court. Your claim may end up hinging some part of Utah or federal law, in which case you would want an attorney who understands the law in details and can make the best possible arguments on your behalf. It is important to know how an insurance company would value your claim. This is to give you an insight to how much in claims your injury worth. The first thing an insurance carrier will consider is the type and amounts of damage incurred and then, the percentage of the fault.

An insurance company will pay for the following types of damages
• Medical Bills: The product you purchased for your injury as well as the services you received during the course of the treatment. For instance, any hospital care that you took, including emergency care, chiropractor visits, doctor appointments, work done by a physical therapist, bandages, braces, crutches, etc., are all medical expenses which are paid for by the insurance company. Most of the medical expenses incurred due to the injuries sustained would be added. The only exception is the medical examination fee that is ordered in preparation for litigation. It is crucial to know the total amount of the medical expenses. The medical expenses can be used to determine the total damages. The amount and type of medical damage incurred can affect other types of damages such as emotional distress, lost wages, pain and suffering. In case you will still need medical service after the settlement, do ensure to add the ongoing medical expenses to your bill. Your medical specialist can give you advice and opinion about how much an ongoing medical care will cost.
• Emotional Distress: Some of the consequences of auto accident are emotional distress, pain, and suffering. In case of a serious accident, it can result to anxiety and fear. Disfiguration can also result to other types of emotional stress such as shock and humiliation. Mental imbalance should also be considered when you want to make your claim from the insurance company.
• Lost Income: If you sustain a serious injury, you won’t be able to work during the period. However, if the injury is permanent, it may be impossible to return to work. You should also include the lost income when you are injured to your claim. This also includes the uncompensated time that you took off from work because of the injury you sustained. It is expected of you to calculate this based on you earning if you are not injured. The lost earning capacity should be added if the victim of the accident won’t be able to earn the amount he or she was earning before the accident.
• Loss of Consortium: Loss of Consortium is a loss incurred by a spouse when his or her partner is injured. It also covers loss of sexual relation, companionship, aid and comfort and partners. In this case, we need to consider some factors before the partner who sues for this kind of benefit will be considered. The factors include:
1. Strength and stability of the marriage,
2. Care given in the relationship before the accident
3. Life expectancy of the couple and
4. Extent to which the interest has been lost as a result of the accident.

Basics of personal injury law

A personal injury lawyer performs many important duties. These common functions include:
• Explains your rights: A personal injury lawyer can explain how an accident and different legal issues affect a person’s rights. Different states have different laws pertaining to the statutes of limitations or how comparative negligence affects a case.
• Provides advice: A personal injury attorney can walk a client through the system with the finesse of a professional tour guide. They help you understand complicated legal procedures, interpret medical and insurance jargon, and get through the maze of paperwork required in personal injury cases. One common piece of advice is not to provide a statement to the other driver’s insurance company since it will simply look for ways to deny liability. An injury lawyer may also recommend seeking medical treatment to document the relationship between the accident and the injury. A personal injury attorney also provides you objective opinions about your case so that you can make the best possible decision that aren’t clouded by fear, anger, frustration, stress and other emotions many injury victims understandably experience.
• Represents in court: Most personal injury cases do not result in a trial; the vast majority is settled even before a lawsuit is filed. However, if the insurance company denies the claim, it’s possible that the only way for the victim to recover is by going through a full civil trial. Litigation is complex and requires close adherence to proper procedures and rules of evidence. This is not a task best handled by a novice.
Lawyers do have skills, you know. There are some great ways they can help:
• Completes a professional investigation: Personal injury firms may have their own investigators document the scene of an accident, interview witnesses and develop theories about how the incident occurred. These might be professional investigators or even retired cops working a new job. Outside experts such as accident reconstruction experts may be necessary if the cause of the accident is in dispute. Your attorney will have a dedicated roster of professionals he or she normally uses and will know who can assist.

• Connects with medical providers: A personal injury lawyer may have a business relationship with a medical professional who may agree to provide medical services in favour of a lien on any future settlement or judgment. They may also have greater experience in understanding serious injuries and may recommend a particular specialist who has provided superb results in previous cases.
• Better assesses damages: Many accident victims only think about the immediate impact of an accident. After all, they could be receiving harassing phone calls from bill collectors, making up funds after being off work for a few weeks and may need to repair their vehicle to get back on the road. However, a personal injury lawyer deals with these cases on a routine basis and can help identify a more accurate estimate of the real and long-term effect of injuries, such as a loss in earning capacity if the accident left the victim disabled. A personal injury lawyer may also ask an economist or actuary for help in assessing the lifetime impact of an accident.
• Works through a variety of legal processes: A personal injury lawyer can help in a number of different judicial forums. For example, he or she may help with informal negotiation with the insurance company before or after a case is filed in court. Alternatively, they may help litigate a case if the settlement offer is not satisfactory to the client or the claim is denied. However, personal injury lawyers can also help in other types of forums such as alternative dispute resolution. Arbitration may be required if the victim’s own insurance company is involved. This involves presenting a case in front of a neutral arbitrator who makes a binding decision. Mediation consists of the victim and the person responsible for the injury working together to reach a solution out of court with the help of a third-party neutral. (See more on mediation and arbitration.) However, sometimes cases that seem simple at first may become more complicated, which may be best handled by hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer. For example, someone’s insurance may not have been in effect at the time of the accident or an injury might not reveal itself as chronic until months after the accident.

The Role of a Personal Injury Lawyer

A personal injury lawyer is a type of civil litigator who provides legal representation to plaintiffs who are alleging physical or psychological injury as the result of the negligent or careless acts of another person, entity, or organization.

Personal Injury Is Tort Law

Personal injury attorneys specialize in an area known as tort law. This covers private or civil wrongs or injuries, including defamation and actions for bad faith breach of contract. The main goal of tort law is to make the injured party whole again and to discourage others from committing the same offense. Personal injury lawyers help plaintiffs receive compensation for their losses, including loss of earning capacity due to an inability to work, pain and suffering, reasonable medical expenses, both present and expected, emotional distress, loss of consortium or companionship, and legal costs and attorney fees. They also work to safeguard clients from being victimized by insurance companies and the legal system.

What are the credentials of a personal injury lawyer?

To successfully practice personal injury law, passing a written bar exam is mandatory in addition to a written ethics exam. These examinations vary from state to state. The majority of states require applicants to have a college degree and a law degree from an institution that is accredited. Non-accredited law schools have minimum set requirements before they are permitted to offer these courses. As a prerequisite, most states require a Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), a Multistate Essay Examination, a Multistate Expert Responsibility Exam and a set state bar exam as a prerequisite. Other states incorporate a Multistate Performance Test as well. Once qualified and admitted to the bar, they are required to keep abreast with the current development in their fields by continually taking legal education courses. These courses are designed to ensure that personal injury lawyers remain updated in law-related developments, with the number of required hours varying from state to state. Personal injury lawyers tend to concentrate on specific areas of law. By specializing, they are able to amass the required knowledge and experience to take them to the top of their field. There is a special certification program that personal injury lawyers must complete before they are referred to as specialists. The American Bar Association is responsible for this certification. Although individual states regulate their own lawyers, they still adhere to rules of professional responsibility as stated in the United States Constitution. These certification programs come with set standards of knowledge, competence and experience that must be attained before personal injury lawyers are called specialists. Once personal injury lawyers pass the bar exam and are licensed, they can deviate to any specialty within the law profession. However, legal ethics demand that inexperienced lawyers should not represent a client without first enlisting help or learning the issue at hand. To provide the highest quality representation for their clients, most lawyers prefer sticking to a particular area of law, thereby dedicating all of their resources to this area. Within personal injury, a lawyer has a massive number of possible claims. These include accidents, product liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, workplace injury and more. Some lawyers choose to go further and devote all of their energy and time to a single area of litigation in the personal injury law field, becoming very thorough and experienced at arguing specific types of cases such as work accidents, aviation accidents or medical mistakes.

How is a personal injury lawyers usually compensated?

Professional fees are based on a number of factors, including energy, time, outcome, difficulty, prominence, the experience of the lawyer, and the associated costs of the case. A lawyer may offer the plaintiff a number of payment options, including contingency fees, flat fees, hourly rates and retainers. The most common option is the contingency fee. This protects the client because payment is pegged on the success of the case. Here the lawyer receives a percentage of the awarded amount after a successful trial or settlement. The average mark is 30 percent of the awarded amount. An hourly charge is also a common option. This is where the plaintiff pays for every hour the lawyer represents them. A flat fee option is also available. A flat fee is paid prior to the commencement of the trial. Lastly, some options combine all or more than one of the above options.

What’s a “tort”?

A tort occurs when one person acts wrongfully and, in doing so, causes injury to another person. The injury can occur because of a fall, a car accident, a malfunctioning product, a botched medical procedure, false accusations, poisoning by toxic chemicals, police misconduct, unlawful serving of alcohol to a minor, criminal activity, etc. The list of potential causes of torts is as broad as the activities that occur in society. However, the defining aspect of a tort is the injury without injury or harm, there is no tort, even if someone acted wrongfully. People injured by the wrongful conduct of others can recover monetary damages by suing in a civil court. The time for filing a claim to recover damages for a personal injury can be extremely limited. Regardless of your situation or your age, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you investigate the basis of your claim and ensure that your claim is filed in a timely manner, enabling you to eventually recover any and all damages that you have suffered as a result of the wrongful acts of another.

Personal Injury Attorney

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Negligent Torts

Negligent Torts

Law students spend a large portion of the first year of law school learning about all sorts of different torts intentional or otherwise. However, in practice, most cases of personal injury are based on negligence. Common law negligence has evolved over the centuries to include four elements.

• Duty – The plaintiff must show that the defendant owed her a duty of care.

• Breach – The defendant must have breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff.

• Injury – The plaintiff must have been injured (bodily harm or property damage).

• Proximate Cause – Defendant’s breach must have caused plaintiff’s injuries directly.

In reality, proving negligence is usually more complicated than that. That’s why you need a lawyer, but every negligence claim follows that above pattern. In slip and fall cases in Utah, property owners are deemed negligent when they fail to take specific precautions as defined by the courts. Owners of business are not required to guarantee that their guests (the law calls them, “business invitees,”) never slip and fall. The owner is only charged with the duty to use reasonable care to maintain the premises for the reasonable safety the guests. For example, if a shopper slips on a water spill in the produce section, the grocery store is not automatically deemed negligent. In order to prove that the grocery store did not act reasonably the plaintiff will have to prove one of two things. That the slippery floor was either a permanent unsafe condition that the defendant had a responsibility to remedy or a temporary unsafe condition that the defendant had notice of or the opportunity to remedy. A hypothetical situation should make this clearer.

Utah Negligence Laws

Accidents, and the unfortunate injuries that can result from them, are bound to happen. And if you’re injured in an accident that is genuinely someone else’s fault, how do you figure out who is at fault and the amount of restitution you can get from the faulty party? The legal system uses negligence claims as a way of determining fault in injury-causing accidents and how much, if anything, the careless party should pay to the injured party. This is an introduction to negligence laws in Utah. The initial steps for any negligence case are figuring out if one person (or a group of people) owed a duty of care to another and whether the person or group failed in fulfilling that duty. If a breach of this duty of care occurred, the person or group might be financially liable for any injuries that result. Finally, the court must determine if the person or group’s failure was the direct cause of the injuries, the extent of the harm, and the amount of damages. State negligence laws may vary, so the law applying to your case will depend on your jurisdiction and your specific circumstances. For example, under Utah law, your possible recovery in a negligence can diminish based on your own fault, if any, and if you’re more at fault than the other party in an accident, you might not be able to recover any damages at all.

Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations is the time period under the law in which someone must file a lawsuit seeking damages. In Utah, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims if generally four years. However, this varies depending on the type of civil suit. When levying a lawsuit against a government body, you only have two years to file an injury claim to seek damages.

Torts and Intentional Torts

A tort is any wrongful act which is not a crime and not included within a signed contract. Most causes of action involving civil suits, such as personal injury claims, are torts. Negligence, wrongful death, libel and slander, trespass — there are all different kinds of torts, as well as civil assault and battery. Intentional torts are wrongful acts committed purposefully. Some intentional torts can be crimes, such as assault and battery, for instance. This can lead to both civil and criminal liability in certain cases. This is also true of theft and wrongful death. A tort will form the basis of a lawsuit seeking damages in the aims of making a plaintiff financially whole.

Negligence

Negligence is a tort that is due to carelessness or failure to act with reasonable care involving conduct that result in damage to a person or their property. To prove negligence, a plaintiff has to establish four elements.
• First, that the defendant had a duty or obligation to the plaintiff;
• Second, that the defendant violated or breached that duty;
• Third, that the breach caused harm to the plaintiff; and
• Fourth, that actual damage is real.
Duty, breach, causation, and damages are the cornerstone of almost every personal injury claim. The grocery store has a duty to keep the store free of dangerous conditions. If the store fails to properly clean up a spilled container of ketchup, they have breached this duty to their visitors. A victim could slip and fall, sustaining serious injuries, due to their breach of duty. This would result in financial and possibly even non-economic damages. The grocery store would be negligent.

Burden of Proof

The burden of proof refers to the obligation of the plaintiff to provide evidence of his or her allegations to be credible and valid at least within a reasonable doubt. There are many thresholds of proof that may be applicable regarding the kind of case being pursued. Regarding a personal injury case, the burden of proof is usually that a plaintiff should prove through establishing evidence that the defendant is liable for damages.

Strict Liability

Strict liability is a legal theory that imposes liability for specific acts or injuries resulting in damage, despite evidence of fault. This is usually used in claims involving defective products to hold manufacturers liable for damages sustained from using their products. With strict reliability, the burden of proof is placed upon the defendant, who then has to prove that they are not liable as opposed to the plaintiff having to provide evidence of fault.

Damages

Damages are what a plaintiff is attempting to recoup through a lawsuit. In a personal injury claim, damages are money. There are two categories of damages: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are able to be calculated, such as medical bills, lost income, replacement services, and the cost of vehicle repair. Non-economic damages are not able to be exactly determined. They include pain and suffering, as well as humiliation. For instance, in a slip and fall accident, your $20,000 hospital costs would be an economic damage. The $10,000 you are seeking due to suffering anxiety and insomnia caused by your injuries would be considered non-economic damages.

Comparative Fault

Let’s imagine that you slipped on a broken jar of mayonnaise at the grocery store, and then a stocker lazily placed a warning cone in front of the hazard instead of cleaning it up immediately. In this case, a judge or jury could say that you were perhaps 40% at fault for the accident because there was a warning in place. The grocery store would be 60% at fault due to failing to clean up the hazard or close off the affected area altogether. Any favorable judgment would be reduced by the amount you are at fault, in this case, 40 percent. If you were to recover $10,000 for your injuries, then the final judgment would be reduced to $6,000. In Utah, if you are seen to be 50 percent or more at fault for the accident, you would not be able to receive any compensation for your sustained damages.

No-Fault

No fault is the most commonly applied legal theory involving car accident personal injury claims. In no-fault states, such as Utah, it is required that all car owners carry a minimum amount of personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. Involving damages sustained in a car accident, the injured party is able to collect from their own insurance provider instead of filing a lawsuit, No-fault laws can be complex and hard to understand, but the general theory is fairly simple: unless injuries reach a set financial threshold, an injured victim is not able to file suit and must recover damages from an insurance provider, no matter who is at fault for the crash and the resulting injuries.

Automobile Collisions in Utah

A majority of car crashes end in death. No matter the reason for the crash, losing a loved one is never easy. Even worse, these crashes are due to preventable accidents, allowing you to partner with a wrongful death lawyer in Utah to regain lost damages.

Can I Still Receive Compensation if the Accident Was Partially My Fault?

The question of contributory and comparative negligence always on depends on where the accident happened. Each state is different. Utah has a modified comparative negligence rule, which means, you can receive compensation even the accident was partially your fault, so long as you are less than 50 percent responsible for the accident. To understand the concept, you will have to back up and understand the theory of contributory and comparative negligence.

• Contributory Negligence – In states with this standard, if you are partially at fault for the accident, even a little bit, you cannot recover any damages at all.

• Comparative Negligence – States like California and New York allow plaintiffs to receive compensation when they were partially or even mostly at fault for the accident. The court will ask a judge or jury to find at what percent the plaintiff is liable for the accident. If the injured is 40 percent liable for the accident, that percentage will be removed from the damage award. If a plaintiff is awarded a settlement of $10,000.00, but the court found that he or she was 40 percent at fault for the accident, he or she would only receive 60 percent of the award – $6,000.00. There is no cut-off. If the Plaintiff was 80 percent at fault he or she would receive $2,000.00.

• Modified Comparative Negligence – Most states, including Utah and Montana, use a system that comes between contributory negligence and pure comparative negligence. There is a limit. In Utah, you cannot recover damages for an accident if you were more responsible for the accident than the defendant. Utah Code Ann. §78B-5-818. If you were 49 percent at fault for the accident, you can recover 49 percent of the damage award. If you are 50 percent at fault, you cannot recover anything.

Utah is a modified comparative negligence state with a 50 percent at-fault bar. That means that if you are at least half at-fault for the accident, you will get nothing. If you are less than have at fault, you can recover a partial damage award offset by the percentage at-fault you were.

Determining fault as a percentage based on real-life events is difficult. If the parties cannot agree on who was at fault, it is up to what lawyers call the “trier of fact,” to determine those numbers. The trier of fact is the person, either judge or jury, who adjudicates the evidence to determine which facts are true. This usually happens at trial. Cases where there is comparative negligence are harder to settle outside of court.

The Tort of Negligence is a legal wrong that is suffered by someone at the hands of another who fails to take proper care to avoid what a reasonable person would regard as a foreseeable risk. In many cases there will be a contractual relationship (express or implied) between the parties involved, such as that of doctor and patient, employer and employee, bank and customer, and until relatively recently it was necessary for such a contractual relationship to exist in order for a claim for negligence to succeed. But the civil law relating to negligence has evolved and grown to deal with situations that arise between two or more parties even where no contract, written or implied, exists between them It follows that from a practical and financial point of view every enterprise needs to ensure that management planning continually takes full account of the responsibilities imposed and the potential liabilities that may be incurred under what is a continually evolving part of the law.

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Injuries On Dangerous Roads

Injuries On Dangerous Roads

Utah is widely known for having some of the most scenic roads in the country. While most states dread road construction, Utah’s actually boast about the topic in humorous lighting. All that being said, Utah still sees its fair share of fatal accidents. In fact, there were 128 traffic deaths in 2018 and 20% of those people were not wearing belts, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. “Every crash death has a huge impact on our society,” of the Utah Highway Patrol. While these accidents are often a result of human error, other times it is the sheer quality of a roadway that causes the crash.

Most Dangerous Roads in Utah – Interstate 15

Starting at number one on our list of dangerous roads in Utah is the well-traversed Interstate 15. Running north to south through most of the state, I-15 passes through many of Utah’s most heavily populated regions, including Ogden, Salt Lake City, and Provo, all the way down to St. George. Anyone who has traveled this highway knows I-15 is a traffic hot spot for trouble. Here are the highest risk factors for an accident on this roadway.
Risk Factors:
• High speed limit (75 mph)
• Limited visibility due to large vehicles
• Heavy traffic congestion
• Accident-prone roadway
Interstate 15 has seen thousands of accidents in the last few years, and while Utah cities continue to grow, this highway is not getting any bigger…at least not for now. If you frequently use I-15 or plan to travel through Utah, remember to drive with caution on this route and be mindful of other drivers around you.

Highway 6 In Utah

Highway 6 has not only made it onto our list of most dangerous roads in Utah, but according to NPR, this route is also one of the riskiest rural drives in the country. Since 1996, there have been more than 150 accident deaths as well as a gruesome 500 serious accidents on just that middle portion of the highway. From Spanish Fork down to Price, this 60-mile stretch of roadway snakes through canyons on a tight and twisting route. Here are the risk factors you’ll want to keep in mind when traveling on Route 6.
Risk Factors:
• Narrow traffic lanes
• High freeway speed
• Busy truck route from SLC to Denver
• Frequent risk of head-on collision
Unfortunately, Highway 6 is not the best route to pass slow-moving vehicles on. Many fatal accidents occur on this roadway because drivers end up crossing into oncoming traffic. If you travel along the Wasatch Mountains on Route 6, drive safely and watch for oncoming traffic.

Utah’s Interstate 70

Interstate 70 ranks 3rd on our list of dangerous roads in Utah for having a scenic yet perilous route. Known as one of the main interstate routes connecting the east coast to the west (almost), the portion of I-70 in Utah is one of the few roadways that doesn’t actually pass through any major cities. Nevertheless, this highway presents imminent danger to those unfamiliar with driving on desolate roadway systems.

The following risk factors will help any driver see the true peril of Interstate 70.
Risk Factors:
• Zero services from Green River to Salina
• High elevation peak (7,886 feet)
• Snaking turns through Spotted Wolf Canyon
• More opportunities for distractions
Due to its long stretches of nothingness and steep climbs up to mesmerizing canyon views, it’s no surprise that this highway has made it onto our list. All drivers should be prepared when traveling this route, especially for the 100 miles between Green River and Salina.

Washington Boulevard in Ogden, Utah

The dangers of Washington Boulevard have been on the Utah Department of Transportation’s radar for quite some. A roadway that has seen at least one car accident a week since 2015, this busy route has a history of devastation for motorists and pedestrians alike. Passing through North Ogden’s rapidly-growing business district, if you’re a local commuter consider the following risk factors.
Risk Factors:
• Deadly crosswalk
• Only a two-lane roadway
• Busiest route in Weber County
• High tailgate zone
• Poor left-hand turn visibility
Ogden residents have even asked UDOT to install a crosswalk and light at 650 North on the boulevard to prevent further injuries. Sadly, some traffic is near impossible to avoid, but if you drive down Washington Boulevard often, keep a safe distance between cars ahead of you and make sure you can see oncoming traffic before making a left-hand turn.

Interstate 80: The Transcontinental

Interstate 80 differs from I-70 in that it actually runs from east to west and traverses the entire United States. This route begins in downtown San Francisco, California and travels all the way up to Teaneck, New Jersey. In fact, it is one of the original highways constructed in 1956. Unfortunately though, I-80 ranks third in Utah for having the highest traffic fatalities in the state. Like other roadways on our list, I-80, too, has a higher speed limit. Navigating this area has caused some deadly accidents in the past. Here are the following risk factors to driving on I-80 through Utah.
Risk Factors:
• Passes right through “spaghetti bowl” in SLC
• Dangerous winter road conditions
• Various animal migration areas
• High speeding zone
In the beginning of 2018, UDOT crews installed signs to help drivers know where to stop in case of an emergency. They also installed stretches of fencing to stop tragic accidents with migrating species in the future. If you’re on a cross-country road trip or simply taking a drive on I-80, watch out for nasty road conditions and other speeding drivers.

Road Conditions: Who Is Responsible?

Roadways throughout Utah must be designed to accommodate a wide range of traffic—including bicycles, motorcycles, all types of cars and large commercial trucks as safely as possible. When your town or city fails to do this, the municipality may be held accountable for any resulting damages.
Some of the conditions that may justify legal action in these cases include:
• Fundamentally dangerous road design, including slopes that are unsafe for the traffic mix in inclement weather
• Damaged or non-existent guardrails
• Obstructed or poor visibility at intersections
• The lack of essential warning signs and signals, including those required at railroad crossings
• Improperly designed or marked bike lanes, particularly near roundabouts
• Failure of road crews to observe critical safety guidelines and standards when setting up and working in construction zones
• Road defects and uncollected debris known to UDOT officials or representatives
Dangerous road conditions can include insufficient lighting, improper or obstructed signage, dangerous speed limits, poor road construction, malfunctioning traffic lights, uneven asphalt/potholes, and more.

Dangerous Road Conditions

Not all car accident cases are the same. Sometimes, uncommon circumstances are involved that make proving liability a bit more difficult. This can be the case when dangerous road conditions contributed to or fully caused your accident. There are typically two types of personal injury claims surrounding accidents caused by dangerous roads:
• Government liability: If a road has a defective design or if it has not been properly maintained and results in your accident, you may have a claim against the government. These cases have a unique layer of complexity due to the government’s involvement as a defendant.
• Driver negligence: If a road becomes dangerous due to adverse weather conditions, it is the responsibility of each motorist to adjust his or her driving to ensure safety. For example, if a driver speeds during a heavy rainfall, hydroplanes, and crashes into another vehicle; this driver is responsible for any resulting injuries.
Vehicle Damage Due To Poor Road Conditions: Who Is Liable?
Figuring out who is liable for most car accidents isn’t a mystery. If you are stopped at a stop sign, and the car behind you rear-ends you, then that driver is most likely liable for damage to your vehicle and for any injuries you suffer. But what if your vehicle is damaged (or you are injured) because of:
• potholes,
• shoulder drop-off
• oil and chip
• construction zone
• icy or snowy roads,
• wet roads.
? In many cases, it is the government entity charged with maintaining the road where your accident took place. But there are also times when someone other than the government is responsible.

The Government’s Responsibility to Maintain Roads

As mentioned above, the city, county, or state charged with maintaining the road where your accident occurred may be responsible for any damage caused by poor road conditions. The theory here is, because it is the government’s job to maintain the roads, the government is also responsible for any damage that results when roads aren’t kept reasonably safe. The key here is what is considered “reasonable.” The government won’t always be responsible simply because your vehicle was damages by the questionable condition of a road. State laws typically allow the government a reasonable amount of time to discover poor road conditions and a reasonable amount of time to repair them. Governments generally discovery dangerous road conditions in one of two ways:
• through individuals reporting a dangerous condition, and
• by conducting regular surveys of the roadways.
If the government has not discovered a dangerous road condition, there is a good chance it will not be responsible for any damage the condition causes. The one exception may be, if the dangerous condition has been around long enough that the government should have discovered it. In that case, the government may still be on the hook even though it did not actually know about the poor road condition. Also, the government will not likely be responsible for damage caused by a dangerous road condition if it has not had enough time to repair the condition.

If you are going to make a successful claim against the government for damage to your vehicle caused by poor road conditions, you will have to prove two things:
• the government knew about the poor road condition (or should reasonably have known about it), and
• the government did not repair the poor road condition within a reasonable amount of time.
Making a Claim
The first thing you will want to do is take down relevant information. Record the following:
• the general location of the poor condition, i.e. what businesses/landmarks are nearby?
• the name of the road
• the direction you were traveling
• the exact location of the poor condition in the road
• the physical characteristics of the poor conditions, e.g. size and depth of a pothole
• the names and contact information of any witnesses
If you think you may have a claim, you will need to find out which government body is responsible for maintaining the road in question. You can likely find out which government body is responsible by calling your local county commissioners’ office. If they are not responsible, they can likely tell you who is. Once you determine which government body is responsible, you will need to give the government body notice of your claim. You will probably need to do this quickly. Typically there is a limited amount of time to make such a claim. If too much time has passed, you may lose your right to make a claim.

Proving Your Claim

Chances are, the government is not going to send you a check for your property damage just because you make a claim. You will have to prove the government is legally liable. First, you need to show the government knew about the poor condition. The government may admit to its knowledge of the poor condition. If not, you have a couple of options:
• Request Survey Records: Government bodies conduct regular surveys to check for poor road conditions. You can request these records. Examine them and determine whether someone previously located the poor road condition that caused your vehicle damage.
• Show the Government Should Have Known About the Poor Condition: This could be difficult. It will take some leg work. You will have to take measures to research the area. One way to do this is to interview people who live nearby.

Are There Limits on Damages in a Bad Road Condition Case?

If you file an administrative claim with the government for vehicle damage because of bad road conditions, depending on your state’s laws, there might be a cap on the dollar amount you can recover via the claim process. But this issue is a little more nuanced than that. If you’re asking for more than a certain amount, the government might ask you to specify whether you intend to file any future lawsuit in small claims or regular civil court. Your answers could affect the government’s decision whether to settle your claim. The amount you’re seeking in damages will also dictate your future options. If your claim is denied or no action is taken by the government, and you’re allowed to file a lawsuit, you’ll have to choose whether you’re going to file in small claims court (where you can only ask for up to a certain amount) or in regular court, where there are typically no caps on what a plaintiff can seek. Since these kinds of cases are limited to property damage, which is usually easy to quantify, you should be able to plan ahead and navigate a path that leads to full compensation for your losses.

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ATV Accident Lawyer Salt Lake City Utah

ATV Accident Lawyer Salt Lake City Utah

In ancient times Utah was inhabited by various Native American groups. The ancient Pueblo People, also known as the Anasazi, built large communities in southern Utah from roughly the year 1 to 1300 AD. The Ute Tribe, from which the state takes its name and the Navajo Indians, arrived later in this region. Salt Lake City was founded on July 24, 1847, by a group of Mormon pioneers. (Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.) The pioneers, led by Brigham Young, were the first non-Indians to settle permanently in the Salt Lake Valley. The Mormons came to the valley in search of a region where they could practice their religion, free from hostile mobs and persecution. On the very day of arrival the pioneers began tilling the soil and planting crops. Within a few days plans were drawn for Great Salt Lake City, named after the salty inland lake which dominated the desert to the west. In 1848, more emigrants came to the valley. But a late frost, drought, and a plague of crickets nearly destroyed the harvest. Flocks of seagulls consumed the crickets and enough of the crop was saved to enable the settlers to survive the winter of 1848-49. During the decade that followed they brought their culture, languages, and skills to the valley, building Salt Lake City into a cosmopolitan center.

When the Mormons first arrived in the valley the region was part of Mexico. A treaty signed in 1848 ceded it to the United States, and in 1850, the “State of Deseret” became the Utah Territory. Deseret means honeybee, a symbol of industriousness. Utah’s state symbol is the beehive. Construction on the Mormon temple began in 1853, but the capstone of this magnificent structure was not put into place until 1892. The temple was built with granite blocks which, until a branch railroad line was run into Little Cottonwood Canyon, were individually hauled by ox and wagon from the canyon to the building site. The California gold rush brought emigrants through Great Salt Lake City. U.S. soldiers were stationed here in the 1850s and during the Civil War. Trade with these sojourners brought to the Mormons a measure of prosperity, although agriculture continued as the mainstay. In 1869, the transcontinental railroad was completed by the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, some 80 miles northwest of Salt Lake City. Utah was thus connected to the East and West. Many people traveled by rail to see the “City of the Saints.” Some stayed to make and to lose their fortunes in mining. From the 1860s to the 1920s hundreds of copper, silver, gold, and lead mines were opened in the nearby canyons, including Bingham Canyon. The 1890s were a decade of change. The Mormon Church officially ended the practice of polygamy. In 1896, Utah became the 45th state and the third to extend the vote to women. Salt Lake City was its capital. “Great” had been dropped from the name in 1868. Salt Lake began to assume its present character in the early 1900s.

The State Capitol and many other historic buildings were constructed. Electric trolleys, garaged at Trolley Square (now a popular shopping mall), were installed to transport people living in the Avenues, Capitol Hill, Liberty Park, and Sugarhouse areas to downtown. The trolleys were gradually replaced in the 1930s by buses. The last streetcar line was discontinued in 1941. Eagle Gate, which had served to mark the entrance to Brigham Young’s estate, was reconstructed to allow traffic flow. City parks were built, sewer systems and street lighting were installed, and streets were paved. Between 1900 and 1930, the city’s population nearly tripled. During the 1960s several commercial and service centers were built in the suburbs, drawing business away from downtown. To help counteract this movement, the Mormon Church invested $40 million in development of a downtown shopping mall. The ZCMI Center Mall, named for Zion’s Cooperative Mercantile Institution, a prominent retail chain which was begun in Salt Lake’s pioneer days, is the result of that effort. In the 1970s new businesses and shopping malls were built and classic older buildings were renovated. The downtown skyline changed again in the 1990s when the Salt Palace Convention Center was rebuilt and a major office tower and new courts complex were constructed. Redeveloped city blocks, restored building facades and new urban parks further enhanced the beauty of downtown. The Salt Palace Convention Center once again underwent expansion. It now features 53 meeting rooms, 370,000 square feet of exhibit space, and a 45,000 square foot ballroom. A 243,000 square foot suburban convention center has also been recently constructed. Transportation projects have included the I-15 freeway reconstruction and the launch of TRAX, a $312 million light-rail system which transports passengers north and south through the Salt Lake valley and downtown. Salt Lake was proud to host the Olympic Winter Games in February 2002. The largest city ever to host the winter games, Salt Lake prepared well in advance for the most prestigious event of its history. Many venues are still in place and are available for the public to enjoy and relive Olympic memories.

ATV Accident Attorney

An ATV accident can be considered a personal injury case or a defective product case, depending on the nature of the incident. If the accident was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another driver, it will likely be filed as a personal injury case. This will involve the insurance company of the other driver, and possible negotiation with the at-fault party. Injuries resulting from a defective or malfunctioning ATV are classified as product liability cases and fall into a realm outside of traditional accident law. In defective product cases, the at-fault party is the creator and/or seller of the defective ATV, and cases are built against the company manufacturer/seller, rather than an individual. Backed by proven results representing victims of car, truck, bus, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents, we know how to build a strong case on your behalf. In addition to our track record of success, we are committed to learning from victims, their families, and medical professionals striving to gain a greater understanding of the people behind the litigation. The All Terrain Vehicle has grown in popularity for its high speeds and use on rough surfaces. ATV’s have also grown as a source of injury. The weight and speed of these vehicles create risks for unprotected drivers and riders. A significant risk is vehicle rollover, which is a factor of the design and manufacture of the vehicles. Defects in the machines can reduce operational safety to dangerous levels and there have been a number of manufacturer recalls for All Terrain Vehicles. ATV injuries can be severe. Many models have no protection for riders and the weight and speed of these high-powered vehicles create a significant amount of force and powerful impacts.

Design flaws or manufacturing mistakes can reduce the amount of control, steering, and stopping power needed for safe operation of high-powered machines, particularly on difficult terrain. Anyone injured by or during the use of an All Terrain Vehicle should act immediately; get a free consultation with an experienced ATV accident attorney. Being involved in an accident on an ATV, also known as an all-terrain vehicle can have a lifelong impact on your quality of life. If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another ATV rider, or a motor vehicle driver in an area that permits the use of ATV’s on the roadways, you have the right to a personal injury attorney to defend your rights, negotiate and litigate on your behalf, and compensation for costs that you have incurred due to the accident. Because living in Utah provides close access to areas deemed desirable to ride ATV’s, including areas like Utah’s famous sand dunes, traffic in these areas can often lead to an accident. Holidays and weekends can produce more traffic in these areas, which can often lead to an accident. If you were riding an ATV and were involved were rear ended, side swiped, run off the trail, involved in a head on, or were hit by a careless ATV rider, contact the ATV accident lawyers. Because of the dangerous nature of ATV’s, many riders choose to carry insurance to protect their liability for property damage and bodily harm that could potentially happen while riding their ATV. All ATV’s that are street legal are required to carry insurance coverage.

Risks and Regulations

Utah recently instituted laws specifying that minors have to pass ATV safety course and be supervised by adults. However, parents themselves often break the rules associated with safe operation of ATVs. Many riders have suffered catastrophic injuries or been killed with ATVs rolled over them. Amputations and spinal cord injuries are common.

How Can ATV Accident Lawyers Help You

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are popular among adults and teens. Some people use them for fun, and other people use them to haul heavy objects. Despite their benefits, ATVs can also be dangerous. Even when used properly, ATVs can still lead to serious injuries or death. You should contact a Lawyer immediately after the accident so that we can review your case before the evidence disappears. Some of the most common injuries that can occur during an ATV accident include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones. Make sure to seek immediate medical care following an accident. Besides seeking medical care, you should also hire an experienced ATV accident lawyer. Figuring out who is responsible for the accident is challenging. You may need to file a claim against the owner of the ATV. If you were riding the ATV on a damaged trail, then the party who owns the trail may be responsible. Your attorney may also suggest filing a product liability case if the vehicle was defective. Through the legal process, you may receive compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, vehicle repairs and loss of earnings. In the event that a death occurs, you or a family member can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Even if you only suffered minor injuries, you should still visit a medical professional to document your injuries. Sometimes, minor injuries can turn into a more serious problem.

ATV Rollover Accidents

ATVs have become popular for work and recreation on many farms and ranches. Unfortunately, reported cases of serious injury and death from ATV accidents and rollovers have increased along with their increased use. Most of these ATV rollover injuries and deaths can be attributed to unstable design, too high center of gravity and/or operator error. Make ATV safety a priority on your farm or ranch;
• An ATV is not a toy.
• Children should not be permitted to operate ATVs without specialized training and then they should be allowed to only operate an ATV of an appropriate size.
• Contact the ATV Safety Institute to enroll in a course.
• ATVs with an engine size of 70cc to 90cc should be operated by people at least 12 years of age.
• ATVs with an engine size of greater than 90cc should only be operated by people at least 16 years of age.
• Wear appropriate riding gear: DOT-, Snell ANSI-approved helmet, goggles, gloves, over-the-ankle boots, long-sleeve shirt and long pants.
• Read owner’s manuals carefully.
• ATVs are not made for multiple riders. Never carry anyone else on the ATV.
• Any added attachments affect the stability, operating and braking of the ATV.
• Do not operate the ATV on streets, highways or paved roads.


The number of four wheel ATVs in use in the United States has increased from just more than 2 million to more than 6.9 million in the past decade. From 1982 through 2004, there were nearly 6,500 deaths involving ATVs. In 2004, an estimated 136,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for ATV-related injuries many life-altering. In 2003, an estimated 740 people died nationwide in ATV incidents. About 30 percent of all deaths and injuries involve children younger than 16. Regulators want to reduce the number of children who are being hurt or killed because they are riding on adult-sized all-terrain vehicles. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says children accounted for 30 percent of the estimated 740 ATV deaths in 2003 in this country. The CPSC’s Scott Wolfsan says 90 percent of those deaths were because children were riding an adult-sized ATV. Wolfsan says children 15 years old and younger should be on off-road vehicles that weigh 150 pounds with speeds of 15 miles per hour. An adult sized ATV can weigh up to 800 pounds and reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. Among the CPSC’s recommended safety steps for all riders: Never allow a child to operate or ride an adult-size ATV, always wear a helmet, never ride tandem on a one-person ATV, and never ride on paved roads. The safety commission wants to make the current voluntary safety standards mandatory for the ATV industry. It also wants regulations that would ban three wheeled ATVs, and set up three youth size ATV categories.

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When you need legal help with an ATV Accident in Salt Lake City Utah, please call Ascent Law LLC for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you.

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ATV Accident Lawyer South Salt Lake Utah

ATV Accident Lawyer South Salt Lake Utah

South Salt Lake is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States and is part of the Salt Lake City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 23,617 at the 2010 census. Jesse Fox Jr. developed the area South Salt Lake referred to as Central Park around 1890. Mr. Fox chose the name after visiting New York and seeing Central Park there. He was impressed by the park and its design within an urban environment. Despite South Salt Lake being rural at the time, he decided to name the area Central Park. In 1925 the LDS Central Park Ward was created and named after the development. In 1936, an attempted annexation by Salt Lake City failed due to concerns over funding and implementation of a sewer system.

On August 14, 1936 a resolution creating the Town of Central Park was approved by the Board of County Commissioners – however, this did last long, as voters then decided to disincorporation the town in 1937. In a close vote, voters then approved incorporation of South Salt Lake. On September 29, 1938, still in need of a sewer system, South Salt Lake voted to incorporate as the Town of South Salt Lake, with Robert R. Fitts as the first town president. The town was also lacking many other basic amenities at the time that would be easier to implement with incorporation, such as a post office and fire department. In 1939, the Works Progress Administration finally began construction of a sewer system, with a cost of $462,000. The original boundary of South Salt Lake was from 500 East to 300 West and 2100 South to Mill Creek on the south. On August 1, 1950 the population had increased enough for South Salt Lake to be designated as a third class city. This changed the form of government to a mayor and city council.

The town president of the time, Marlow Callahan, became the first mayor of the City of South Salt Lake. In the 1990s, South Salt Lake annexed portions of an unincorporated portion of Salt Lake County to the south, and nearly doubled in land area and population. On January 4, 2010, Cherie Wood became South Salt Lake’s first female mayor. During her administration, South Salt Lake has seen extensive redevelopment efforts. In 2012, a Chinatown development opened on a lot in the city near 3500 South and State Street. It is the only Chinatown in the Intermountain West. In addition to having many Asian-themed restaurants, it has a large Asian-themed supermarket. In 2017, after nearly 7 years of planning, ground was broken on a new mixed-use development known as The Crossing (formerly called Market Station) between State St. and Main St. just south of 2100 South, intended to serve as South Salt Lake’s “downtown”. This development is oriented around mass transit, with an S-Line streetcar stop adjacent to the development, and 1 stop away from the Central Pointe TRAX Station. The first phase includes a WinCo Foods and a townhome development.

Ultimately, this downtown development is planned to have 2,500 family housing units, 1.5 million square feet of retail, 3 million square feet of office and commercial space, and additional green space and trails. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.9 square miles (18 km2), all land. The city is bordered by the Jordan River on the west, 500 East and 700 East on the east, 2100 South on the north, and 3900 South on the south. West Valley City lies to the west, Salt Lake City to the north and northeast, and Millcreek to the east and south. Because of its location next to the Jordan River and well away from the mountains, it is mostly flat, only ranging in elevation from about 4,330 feet (1,320 m) to 4,380 feet (1,340 m). According to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2017, there were 24,956 people in South Salt Lake. The racial makeup of the county was 52.4% non-Hispanic White, 8.3% Black, 2.5% Native American, 11.4% Asian, 2.1% Pacific Islander, and 3.6% from two or more races. 21.0% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race. As of the census of 2010, there were 23,617 people, 9,160 housing units, with a total of 8,554 households. The population density was 3,401.1 people per square mile (1,231.4/km²) with a land area of 6.94 miles. The racial makeup of the city was 69.5% White, 4.4% African American, 2.6% Native American, 5.0% Asian, 1.0% Pacific Islander, and 4.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race was 29.1% of the population. According to the Deseret News, ground breaking on the new Chinatown occurred in 2011 for a Chinese-themed shopping mall with a “… 27,000 square foot Asian grocery store, 65,000 square foot indoor mall including 38 Asian-themed shops and 12,000 square feet Asian-themed strip mall”. Since 2007, crime in South Salt Lake has been reduced by 30%. Former SSL Police Chief Chris Snyder attributes the drop in crime to 4 factors: Increased attention to code enforcement, Crime Free Rental Housing program that results in greater landlord scrutiny of potential renters, Partnerships, such as that with United Way of Salt Lake, combined with community organizing, such as the Promise South Salt Lake initiative, South Salt Lake Community Connection that address resident needs and improve neighborhoods, and Extensive youth development efforts, such as Promise afterschool programs delivered in nine Neighborhood Centers across the city, and urban/neighborhood revitalization projects. There is a new emphasis on redevelopment (including the Market Station development) and a reduction in the number of liquor licenses allowed to be issued is anticipated to reduce crime in the city.

This interchange is known locally as the “Spaghetti Bowl” due to its complex array of on and off ramps, which extend to several other city roads in the area. US 89 runs north-to-south along State Street through the heart of South Salt Lake, serving as the primary commercial corridor and includes an interchange at I 80. SR 171 (3300 South) traverses the city east-to-west, with an interchange at I 15. SR 71 (South 700 East) runs along the southern part of the east border of the Utah Transit Authority’s (UTA) TRAX light rail runs through the city at about 200 West, with 3 stations located within the city limits. All three of the TRAX lines (Blue, Red, and Green) enter the city from the north at Central Pointe station. (The UTA Police Department was located at the Central Pointe station until it moved to its new location at the Murray Central station in July 2016.) From Central Pointe station the Green Line heads west to West Valley City while both the Blue and Red lines continue south to stop at the Millcreek station before leaving the city just south of the Meadowbrook station. UTA also has several local bus routes that run through the city, many of which stop every fifteen minutes. In December 2013, the S Line streetcar (formerly known as Sugar House Streetcar) opened for service. The S Line was built along an existing rail line just south of 2100 South (the northern border of the city) from the Central Pointe station to the Sugar House neighborhood in southeastern Salt Lake City.

In addition to Central Pointe station, the S Line will include stops at South Main Street (South Salt Lake City station), South 300 East (300 East station), and South 500 East (500 East station) before leaving the city. Although operated by UTA, the S Line is a joint project between South Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, and UTA. One of South Salt Lake’s most notable and historic buildings is the Columbus Center. Originally a school around the turn of the 20th century, it was later used as a daycare center beginning in the 1950s. After being condemned in the late 1980s, it was renovated and expanded to include a branch of the Salt Lake County Library System as well as an auditorium, senior center and several other facilities. South Salt Lake lies within the Granite School District. The city is served by three public elementary schools (Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and Roosevelt) (per K-6th grade), and one junior high school (Granite Park Junior High). With Mayor Wood’s emphasis on education, two charter schools have located in South Salt Lake, Allianz (K-8) and the Utah International Charter School (7-12). The Salt Lake City campus of Broadview University is located next to the South Salt Lake city offices, and the city also has strong ties and partnerships with local institutions of higher education, Salt Lake Community College and Westminster College. Utah State University has a satellite campus located within the Granite District Offices at 2500 South State Street, also in South Salt Lake.

South Salt Lake Crime

We have had a lot of car break-ins lately along. Hot spots are scattered. We do have a large population of homeless gathering around Harmony Park, Jordan parkway, Maverick. Motel 6 is a big hot spot for crime. Theft is pretty high, drug use. The entire town seems to struggle with crime, High for drive-thru crime.

What if you were the operator of an ATV and are at fault for the accident?

One common reason people get in ATV accidents is a lack of appropriate training. Not understanding how the vehicle works on rough terrain, on hillsides or on paved roads can lead to a crash or rollover. Similarly, many children to have accidents on ATVs that were intended to be driven by adults. In general, ATV engines that are 90cc and over are for children that are 16 or older. Children do not have the strength or experience to operate ATVs intended for adults. If your child is driving someone else’s ATV without adult supervision and gets injured, you may be able to secure a settlement with the ATV owner’s insurance company. Another common reason for ATV accidents is that the operator hauls a load or a passenger that exceeds manufacturer recommendations. Adding weight to the ATV makes it less maneuverable and increases the likelihood that it will roll over. Even if you are in a single-vehicle ATV accident, you may have recourse to recover compensation for your injuries in a product liability lawsuit. Sometimes an ATV accident that seems to be caused by operator error is actually caused by equipment failure, such as defective brakes or defective steering mechanisms, or even a defective helmet. In those cases, it may be appropriate to bring a suit against the manufacturer of the defective product. It is important to preserve the ATV and your helmet if you believe equipment failure might have been responsible for your injuries. These are pieces of evidence that may need to be examined by an expert. If the trail you were on while driving the ATV was damaged, a premises liability case may be appropriate.

How To Get My ATV License In South Salt Lake

There is no off-roading license needed to drive an ATV in Utah. A driver’s license will suffice. However, people from the ages of eight through 15 must acquire ATV certification to operate an ATV.

How To Register My ATV In South Salt Lake

Utah residents can register their ATV at the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles. ATVs can also be registered as street legal after proof of insurance and an inspection.

How Old Do I Have To Be To Ride My ATV In South Salt Lake

No one under the age of eight can operate an ATV. Youth from ages eight to 15 must acquire an ATV education certificate before driving an ATV on public land. The certification simply requires the completion of an online education course by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation.

Where Can I Ride My ATV In South Salt Lake

There are 2,800 miles of off-roading trails in Utah. The public lands open to ATV range from state parks to Bureau of Land Management areas.
Can I Legally Ride My ATV On The Street In South Salt Lake
ATVs are allowed street access in Utah. ATVs that are considered Type I or Utility Type Vehicle may be registered and inspected for use as a street legal ATV. The ATV must be 52 inches or less in width and have a weight of 1,500 pounds or less. For street legal ATVs, the driver must have insurance.

Can I Ride My ATV In South Salt Lake, If I’m Visiting From Another State?

A permit is required for nonresidents to operate an ATV in Utah. To obtain a permit, proof of out-of-state residency and proof of ownership is required. Get a permit at an authorized vendor or online. If an ATV is authorized as street legal in another state, then the ATV is street legal in Utah if it falls under the same measures that make a ATV street legal in Utah.

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ATV Accident Lawyer West Jordan Utah

ATV Accident Lawyer West Jordan Utah

West Jordan is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. It is a rapidly growing suburb of Salt Lake City and has a mixed economy. According to the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 103,712, placing it as the fourth most populous in the state. The city occupies the southwest end of the Salt Lake Valley at an elevation of 4,330 feet (1,320 m). Named after the nearby Jordan River, the limits of the city begin on the river’s western bank and end in the eastern foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains, where Kennecott Copper Mine, the world’s largest man-made excavation is located. Settled in the mid-19th century, the city has developed into its own regional center. As of 2012, the city has four major retail centers; with Jordan Landing being one of the largest mixed-use planned developments in the Intermountain West. Companies headquartered in West Jordan include Mountain America Credit Union, Lynco Sales & Service, SME Steel, and Cyprus Credit Union. The city has one major hospital, Jordan Valley Medical Center, and a campus of Salt Lake Community College, which is designed to become the main campus by 2020. West Jordan received its name from Mormon settlers who entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 under the leadership of their prophet, Brigham Young. These first European-Americans named the river flowing west of their first settlement, Salt Lake City, the Western Jordan, a reference to the River Jordan in Israel. The name was later simplified to “Jordan River”.

Like its Middle Eastern namesake, the Jordan River flows from a fresh water lake (Utah Lake) to an inland salt sea (Great Salt Lake). West Jordan was founded around 1849 on the western banks of the Jordan River. One of the first sawmills in the area was built in 1850 in the city by Archibald Gardner. Gardner was a devout Mormon whose legacy can still be seen in modern West Jordan. His collection of mills and houses, now historic, has been renovated into a specialty shopping district known as Gardner Village. Early West Jordan relied primarily on agriculture, mills, and mining activity to form the base of its economy. The first leather tannery west of the Mississippi River was constructed in the city in 1851. Today, West Jordan is one of the fastest growing cities in Utah. Growth has been phenomenal, beginning in the 1970s and continuing unabated since. The population grew from 4,221 in 1970 to 27,327 in 1980, 42,892 in 1990, and 68,336 in 2000, reaching 103,712 according to the 2010 Census. Sears chose the city as its first Sears Grand location, a new store concept, which opened its doors in 2003 at the Jordan Landing shopping center. Transportation issues along with school overcrowding are the city’s top concerns as it attempts to deal with rapid population growth. Current major construction projects include the completion of Jordan Landing, a new main campus for the Salt Lake Community College, the expansion of Jordan Valley Hospital, and Midvale’s current transit-oriented development on the east border in the Jordan River bed. Future plans for the city include the Mountain View Corridor highway and the “Mid-Jordan” TRAX light rail line. Old downtown West Jordan is in the process of being reconstructed as a transit-oriented development called “Briarwood.” The plans called for an expanded Main Park, a history museum, an indoor recreation center, a senior center, and a large courthouse to serve the Utah State Third District, most of which are now complete. The second phase calls for the demolition of a dilapidated commercial area, to be replaced by six-story buildings housing a performing arts center, a large library, a hotel, an education center, a conference center, retail and office space, a trail linking to Gardner Village and the Jordan River trail, and a cultural pavilion to house the planned light rail station. As of 2014, the library and TRAX light-rail have been completed and opened. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.9 square miles (80.0 km2), all of it land. West Jordan is bordered on the west by the Oquirrh Mountains and on the east by the Jordan River.

The western neighborhoods of Webby, Copper Hills, and Jordan Hills are rapidly growing regions located along the lower slopes of the eastern Oquirrh Mountains. The fastest development is currently taking place between 4800 west and State Route 111, a highway that traverses the slopes of the Oquirrh Mountains. The city lies approximately 18 miles (29 km) southwest of downtown Salt Lake City. The city is bordered on the north by Taylorsville and Kearns, on the south by South Jordan, on the east by Sandy, Murray and Midvale, on the west by Coppertone, and on the extreme northwestern corner by West Valley City. West Jordan was incorporated on January 10, 1941. Today, West Jordan has a council-manager form of government. The city council is composed of seven individuals: the mayor and six council members. The mayor presides at city council meetings. The city council appoints a city manager to act as the chief executive or administrative officer. The city council provides policy and direction for the city. The city council meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 6:00 PM. The mayor and city council members are elected to four-year terms. Four city council members are elected from four districts within the city, while the other two are elected at-large or citywide. The mayor and the two at-large council members are elected during the same election cycle, while the four city council members representing their districts are elected offset by two years, last one held in 2015. All terms begin on January 1 following their respective election. Interstate 15, a twelve-lane freeway, is located east of the city limits, providing access from the north and south, while Interstate 215, an eight-lane beltway, is located northeast of the city. Banterer Highway (State Route 154), a six-lane expressway, traverses the center of the city, just east of South Valley Regional Airport and the Jordan Landing shopping center. Due to severe traffic congestion plaguing the rapidly growing city, a ten-lane freeway in the Mountain View Corridor (SR-85) is planned to have three exits in the city (7800 S, 9000 S, and Old Bingham Hwy.) and run north-south at about 5800 West in the south and bend west to 6400 West in the north.

The first phase of the project was completed December 15, 2012. New Bingham Highway, mostly a four-lane road, begins as 7720 South at State Street (U.S. Route 89) in Midvale, curves into 7800 South as it enters the city, and finally heads southwest to end at Coppertone. Redwood Road (State Route 68), a six-lane road, runs through the eastern portion of the city. In the far western extremes of the city, State Route 111, a two-lane road, runs through the developing rural area along the foothills. Development has recently begun to expand beyond SR-111. West Jordan is served by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) bus system, which runs every half-hour during peak hours. All of the routes running into the city connect to nearby TRAX stations in Midvale and Sandy or to downtown Salt Lake City. Service in the city was increased during the August 2007 redesign of the bus system. A TRAX light rail line also serves the area. This line begins at the Fashion Place West station in Murray and run southwest through West Jordan, with 6 stops in the city, before turning south and terminating at the Daybreak Community in South Jordan. The route was opened on August 7, 2011. Transportation has been a major issue in city politics. The city’s population has expanded rapidly from about 4,000 in 1970 to over 100,000 in 2010, outstripping the capacity of roadways and infrastructure. At city council meetings it has been common for residents, particularly those on the western edge of the city, to complain about having one-hour commutes to downtown Salt Lake City, a distance of 26 miles (42 km). The mayor has blamed this situation on the fact that the city is the most populous in the state that is not directly served by a freeway. In addition to significant road widening projects throughout the city, the Mountain View Corridor freeway is currently under construction to service the western portion of the city.

ATV Accident Liability

All-terrain vehicles, also known as ATVs, are kinds of vehicles that be driven through all kinds of terrains and surfaces. ATVs, although fun, have a higher center of gravity and a narrow wheel base that creates a high risk of rolling over, even on flat surfaces. This makes the chances of personal injury very high and approximately 75 percent of ATV accidents cause serious long-term damage to the head or spinal cord. Other injuries could include broken bones, crushed limbs and lacerations. In many states, not only is there no minimum age law to ride ATVs, there are no safety helmet laws either. Safety is really important when it comes to having fun on ATVs, but accidents do happen. An ATV accident is one that results in property damage, injury or death. These accidents can occur for many reasons, but with the risk of driving an ATV, most cases are due to the improper handling of the vehicle from the driver.

Victims of ATV accidents cannot collect compensation unless they prove the accident occurred through negligence. To show an accident was due to someone else’s negligence, the incident must fall under at least one of the following criteria:
• Caused harm to the victim
• Caused by another’s carelessness
• Was the fault of another
Comparative negligence could be a factor if there is more than one person that could be at fault for the accident. In other words, the liability is placed on the person who more than likely caused the incident. If the accident occurred due to a faulty part in the ATV, this could be a case for product liability. Manufacturers and sellers are responsible if they sell a defective product. On the other hand, if one utilizes an ATV for recreational use at an outfitter, the land owners must take precautions to carefully mark land boundaries. These markers should be clearly visible. Unmarked wire and rope boundaries could be fatal to people riding ATVs. If an accident has occurred and there are damages to the ATV, the driver may be responsible for reimbursing the ATV outfitter for the cost of the ATV at its current market value.

West Jordan ATV Accident Attorneys

One of the most commons types of cases our legal staff handles involve ATV accidents. For over a decade the lawyers have been aggressively representing people that have been involved in a ATV accident. They know how to analyze the details of an accident to help determine who was at fault and what situations may have led to the accident. They work hard to achieve financial compensation for their clients. This includes monetary settlements for pain and suffering, damage to the vehicle, medical bills and time away from work. Legal claims can be an extremely negative circumstance to go through. As a misleading name, an all-terrain vehicle is not truly made for every type of terrain out there. These recreational machines are usually characterized by fun, vacationing, and off-road adventures. Unfortunately, many individuals climb on to an ATV without properly understanding how the machine operates and what to do in the case of an emergency.

The following are several facts about the hidden dangers of ATV accidents, provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. While there is no direct cause of all ATV accidents, many of these incidents involve the negligence or recklessness of the driver or another person nearby. Causes of ATV accidents range from drunk driving, to speeding recklessly, to hill-climbing, to vehicle rollover; the list virtually goes on and on. These accidents are also caused due to some unsuspecting reasons, such as exceeding capacity on the ATV. Many of these vehicles are designed to hold one passenger and one passenger only. When a second or even third passenger is put into the picture, a recipe for disaster ensues. In some cases, the accident involves the second passenger falling off the ATV. In other cases a passenger will not be able to shift their weight as intuitively as the driver, therefore throwing the entire vehicle off-balance. One last hidden danger, among many others, is the chance that the ATV has a defective auto part installed in its system. Defective parts can range from virtually any part of the vehicle the tires, throttle, clutch, shifter, gas tank, fender it can be anything. If you suspect that the dangerous part caused the incident, you may be able to file a product liability claim. ATV accidents are extremely dangerous in nature, but many individuals still believe that the fun in riding this vehicle outweighs the possible disadvantages. If you are one of the many that enjoys riding an ATV on the weekends, be sure to always follow the rules of the law, these are all set in place for the safety of you and those around you. Never drink and drive, and make sure that you always have your helmet and protective gear on when riding. If you should be involved in an ATV accident and you believe it is the fault of another person or manufacturing company, do not hesitate to involve a personal injury attorney.

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Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

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Over the years, the history of Fort Union has been lost somewhere in Utah’s peripheral vision. It’s a safe bet to say that most Utah natives have no idea how the 10-acre area in Midvale got its name Marion Cox, a 93-year-old Utah, hopes to change that. In 1948 Marion’s great-grandparents, Jehu and Sara Cox, moved to Utah from Missouri and set up their 40-acre farm in present-day Midvale. Due to a perceived threat from the native Ute tribe, the Cox family donated 10 acres of their land to construct a fort protecting 26 homes.

Legend has it that a local school teacher wanted to name the area “Union” due to its variety of ethnic backgrounds, and the fort was thereby dubbed “Fort Union.” Lack of historical preservation and the modern-day development of the Family Center have left no trace of the fort or its homes today. Though a replica of the original Cox cabin has been built and relocated behind the Family Center, Marion Cox has been on a mission to raise $80,000 to have the city build a monument to honor his great-grandparents. No stranger to the Fort Union area, Cox was named “Honorary Mayor” of the area from 1991 until 1993 by unanimous vote. “If this is possible, it might be the only time anything historic will be there,” he says. After meeting with the Salt Lake County Council 14 times, the members finally granted Cox approval for the statue in September 2013. Over the last year, Cox has faced the daunting task of raising the $80,000 on his own by September, 2015. The eastern part of Midvale was formed by agricultural neighborhoods, and the western areas formed by a mining and milling settlement. Each relied on the other for sustenance, protection, social interaction and commerce. The Union Fort area of Midvale City began as a center of agriculture. The Old Town area of Midvale City began as a center of mining and industry. Pioneer families began arriving in 1851 to start the settlement, which blossomed in the 1870s as a result of mining in Bingham Canyon and the coming of the railroad. The area was then known as Bingham Junction, and was an important midpoint along the rail between mining in Little Cottonwood Canyon to the east and Bingham Canyon to the west. With the discovery of silver in Little Cottonwood Canyon and in Bingham Canyon, new people rushed to be a part of the growing business and industry located in the middle valley in Midvale City. Along with industry came the hotels, boarding houses, saloons, schools, and the people who made Midvale City’s Old Town a center of the community. Midvale City has a nonpartisan mayor-council form of government. The Mayor and five Council members are elected to four-year terms. The current mayor of Midvale is Robert Hale. Current City Council members include Quinn Sperry, Paul Glover, Paul Hunt, Bryant Brown, and Dustin Gettel. Midvale Fire and Police are furnished by arrangement with the Unified Police and Fire of Salt Lake County. Consequently, Midvale no longer fields its own police or fire departments. The current head of the Midvale Unified Police is Capt. Randy Thomas and the Midvale Unified Fire Department is headed by Marshal Brad Larson.

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Midvale Utah Personal Injury Lawyer and Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been injured in a ATV accident, pedestrian accident, slip and fall, dog bite or other injury and need a lawyer to represent you in your claim, you can count on the attorneys to handle the legal complications of getting your bills paid for and getting you the compensation you deserve while you concentrate on healing and getting your life back.

Midvale Utah ATV Accident And Injury Attorney

When you need legal help recovering for your injuries caused by an ATV Accident in Midvale Utah, please call Ascent Law LLC for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

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ATV Accident Lawyer Tooele Utah

ATV Accident Lawyer Tooele Utah

Over 30,000 people reside in our community and we are prepared to meet the challenges of the of the future. Tooele City, a Utah community, is nestled at the foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains. It is located about 35 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. Even though the origin of the name “Tooele” has been disputed for decades, everyone agrees that we have a rich, colorful history. Four significant eras capsulize the rich history of Tooele City: Tooele was primarily an agricultural community and grew to a population of about 1,200 at the turn of the century. Many of the prominent families who settled Tooele have descendants living in the area. Like their ancestors, these families play an integral role in building our community. Tooele transformed into an industrialized city during the first half of the 20th century and the population increased to 5,000 people by 1930. The transformation was boosted by the construction of railroads and the opening of the International Smelting and Refining Company, east of Tooele. The Tooele Valley Railroad, a seven mile line, ran from the smelter west to the Union Pacific Railroad main line.

In the eastern section of Tooele, “New Town” was built for many of the 1,000 smelter workers. Families from the Balkans, Italy, Greece, and Asia Minor lived in this area and formed their own community. New Town included its own school, church, culture and numerous languages. Outbreak of World War II brought the establishment of military bases in the area that strengthened the nation’s defense, boosted the local economy, and created a dramatic change in Tooele’s history. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, a 25,000-acre tract southwest of Tooele was selected as a site where the Tooele Ordnance Depot was built in 1942. A storage depot for chemical weapons was also constructed 20 miles south of Tooele City. These weapons are now being destroyed by incineration at the Deseret Chemical Depot. Tooele’s heritage was further enriched in the 1950s and 1960s as many Hispanic families moved to the area to support the expanding mission of the depot. Men and women of Tooele played vital roles in supporting the soldiers in the field during World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War. The name of the depot has changed from Tooele Ordnance Depot to Tooele Army Depot and most recently TEAD. In 1993, at the end of the Cold War, the depot was designated for “base re-alignment” by the Department of Defense. The TEAD workforce that once reached as many as 5,000 employees has been reduced to about 400 workers today. About 1,700 acres of depot property was annexed into the city. The Army conveyed 40 acres and its multi-million dollar Consolidated Maintenance Facility to Tooele City in 1996.

This building was then sold to Penske Realty of Utah and Detroit Diesel opened a re-manufacturing plant that currently employs about 400 people. In December of 1998, over 1,600 acres of industrial property and buildings were conveyed to Tooele City. The parcel was sold to a developer the Utah Industrial Depot was formed. In 1999, the Utah Industrial Depot attracted 168 new jobs. The Utah Industrial Depot was sold to the Ninigret Group in 2013 and renamed Ninigret Depot. The Ninigret Depot is a premier business park in northern Utah for industry and commerce and is in the process of attracting new private businesses to the area. Tooele, Utah’s estimated population is 35,251 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Tooele, Utah is the 24th largest city in Utah based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau. The population density is 1463.15 people/mi² (564.92 people/km²). Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 11,314 households in the city, with an average size of 3.09 people per household. Utah and off-roading are practically synonymous. Featuring over 2,800 miles of public land designed for off-roading, there is so much to explore in this state. From Bryce Canyon to Moab, there are plenty of incredible places to discover.

While Utah is an ATV-friendly state, you should still ensure that you understand all of the rules and regulations. Here’s what you need to know. There are 2,800 miles of off-roading trails in Utah. The public lands open to ATV range from state parks to Bureau of Land Management areas. Visit the Utah DNR website for all of the details about where to ride, which includes everything from Gemini Bridges to Casto Canyon to Utah Rims. Wind, water and time have sculptured Tooele County, Utah’s 7,000 square miles into high mountains, deep canyons, broad valleys and endless deserts. Across this vast and geologically diverse terrain are miles of multi-purpose trails that offer exciting and crowd-free adventure for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, road cycling and ATV rides. The Tooele County Trails Committee, under the auspices of the Tooele County Commission and the Tooele County Department of Parks and Recreation, has created this website to inform the outdoor enthusiast about eastern Tooele County’s best multi-purpose trails and road cycling routes. The 20 trails and routes on this site represent only a fraction of the available areas in eastern Tooele County. They are listed here because the Tooele County Trails Committee has inventoried each one, determined GPS waypoints, and has installed and maintains trail signage. The trails are also officially recognized by Tooele County as open for the public’s enjoyment. This website is a work-in-progress. As other trails are inventoried, they will be added. A hard copy map of this website is also available and can be found at brochure racks.

ATV Trail Etiquette

Most of the trails featured in this publication are multiple-use, which means users may encounter hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers or ATV Riders at any time. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, please follow these trail etiquette guidelines that have been developed and used by other trail organizations across the U.S. for years.

• Because horses can be easily frightened, hikers, mountain bikers and ATV riders must yield to horseback riders at all times. To properly yield for horseback riders on a narrow trail, stop and move downhill off the trail. A horse in panic will typically run uphill.

• ATV riders are required to yield to all uphill traffic—not just for horses. ATV riders that meet hikers and mountain bikers coming from the opposite direction, must slow down, pull over, and yield the right-of-way. ATV riders that meet horseback riders coming from the opposite direction are required to stop, turn off their engines, remove their helmets to lessen the horse/s anxiety, and not make any sudden movements.

• Mountain bikers are required to yield to all hikers and horseback riders, and except for ATV riders, yield to all uphill traffic. That means mountain bikers who are descending a trail must yield if they see a hiker, horseback rider or another mountain biker coming up the trail. ATV riders climbing a trail are required to stop and yield to all descending hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

• Hikers descending a trail yield only to other hikers or horseback riders coming up the trail. When hiking in a group, yield to single or pair hikers. Also when hiking in a group, hike in single file.

• ATV riders yield to all hikers, bikers and horses. Bikers yield to all hikers and horses. And hikers yield only for horses, and hikers moving uphill.

• Always be friendly, courteous and respectful to other trail users.

• Regardless of your mode of travel, don’t hike or ride on muddy trails.

• Many of the trails listed on this website have livestock gates. Users are asked to always leave the gate as they found it. But when in doubt, close the gate.

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Theft of any kind can be devastating for homeowners. Your home contains not only items with monetary value, but also items with emotional value for you and your family. That’s why having the right homeowners insurance policy is crucial in the unfortunate event of a break-in. If you have just experienced a theft or break-in, contact the police right away to file a report. Then, file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible.

Does homeowners insurance cover theft from a home?

Typical homeowners (including renters and condominium) policies include coverage for your personal property. Loss due to theft is generally included as part of the personal property protection. This means that if an intruder breaks in and steals valuables from your home or detached structures, your home insurance should cover it. Most policies also include coverage for your property while it is away from the home, subject to limitations. However, the personal property limits are initially set as a percentage of your dwelling coverage, which determines how much your insurance provider can reimburse you for the theft. It’s important to set realistic limits based on the value of the items in your home so you don’t end up with a significant loss. In addition to our standard homeowners’ policy, Nationwide offers optional coverages, like Brand New Belongings, which pays to repair or replace your covered belongings without deduction for depreciation, regardless of age or condition, to provide you with extra protection in the event of theft.

Does homeowners insurance cover ATV theft?

No, your homeowner’s policy would not cover this. Comprehensive coverage, which is an optional coverage on your auto insurance policy, will cover this loss.

Does homeowners insurance cover theft from an ATV?

Comprehensive insurance will cover costs to the ATV resulting from a break-in, including vehicle repairs. Audio equipment that is permanently installed in your ATV is also covered. As for other valuables stolen from your ATV, your home, condominium insurance or renters’ policy may cover your loss. You should maintain adequate proof of ownership, such as a receipt. Your home, condominium or renters policy deductible will apply to any covered loss and any payments are not made until the deductible is met.

Do I need insurance for my ATV?

Yes.

• State laws differ, but generally speaking, you must have insurance on your ATV if you ride anywhere besides private land
• 4-wheelers are NOT fully covered under your homeowner’s insurance plan
• There is a wide range of options to choose from when picking your ATV insurance plan
• If you race ATVs or use them in business ventures, you need a special type of insurance plan
Here are the types of coverage you may want to consider when buying a 4-wheeler:
• Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability: This will cover the cost incurred with damaging property or injuring a person.
• Comprehensive & Collision Coverage: This coverage will protect you in the event that your 4-wheeler gets into an accident with another object or vehicle. It takes care of any non-vehicular incidents that caused damage to your 4-wheeler – fire, theft, vandalism, and collision with an animal.
• Medical Payments Cover: This is a good type of cover to have because it provides compensation for the medical services given to you after being hurt in a 4-wheeler accident, regardless of who is at fault.
• Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Again, like car insurance, if you have the unfortunate fate to get into a terrible accident where the other motorist either has minimum coverage or no insurance coverage at all, this type of cover provides you peace of mind that you are covered.
• Accessory and/or Safety Apparel Coverage: This protects all electronic equipment and gadgets as well as upgrades installed in your 4-wheeler apart from the factory-installed ones. Also, trailer, covers, helmets, and other safety apparel or accessories related to your 4-wheeler would be covered.

If you race 4-wheelers or ATVs you will need to find a plan that specializes in this sort of use. Due to the added danger and risk associated with racing ATVs, you need to let your insurance agent know about your endeavors in order to receive the proper insurance product. In many states, if you use your 4-wheeler for commercial use, you will need to get commercial coverage that takes these factors into consideration. Regular ATV insurance will not be satisfactory if you give tours, lease out 4-wheelers, or use your ATV for any business endeavor.

ATV Accident Liability

All-terrain vehicles, also known as ATVs, are kinds of vehicles that be driven through all kinds of terrains and surfaces. ATVs, although fun, have a higher center of gravity and a narrow wheel base that creates a high risk of rolling over, even on flat surfaces. This makes the chances of personal injury very high and approximately 75 percent of ATV accidents cause serious long-term damage to the head or spinal cord. Other injuries could include broken bones, crushed limbs and lacerations. In many states, not only is there no minimum age law to ride ATVs, there are no safety helmet laws either. Safety is really important when it comes to having fun on ATVs, but accidents do happen. An ATV accident is one that results in property damage, injury or death. These accidents can occur for many reasons, but with the risk of driving an ATV, most cases are due to the improper handling of the vehicle from the driver. Victims of ATV accidents cannot collect compensation unless they prove the accident occurred through negligence. To show an accident was due to someone else’s negligence, the incident must fall under at least one of the following criteria:
• Caused harm to the victim
• Caused by another’s carelessness
• Was the fault of another
Comparative negligence could be a factor if there is more than one person that could be at fault for the accident. In other words, the liability is placed on the person who more than likely caused the incident. If the accident occurred due to a faulty part in the ATV, this could be a case for product liability. Manufacturers and sellers are responsible if they sell a defective product. On the other hand, if one utilizes an ATV for recreational use at an outfitter, the land owners must take precautions to carefully mark land boundaries. These markers should be clearly visible. Unmarked wire and rope boundaries could be fatal to people riding ATVs. If an accident has occurred and there are damages to the ATV, the driver may be responsible for reimbursing the ATV outfitter for the cost of the ATV at its current market value.

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ATV Accident Lawyer Heber City Utah

Heber City Utah, is located in a beautiful mountain valley just a short drive from the Wasatch Front. The area offers outstanding year-round outdoor recreation including golf, fly fishing, boating, and water sports, plus skiing and other winter sports. In summer, temperatures are usually cool and pleasant. In winter, abundant snowfall makes this a paradise for winter recreation. Heber City is a city in northwestern Wasatch County, Utah, United States. Heber City was founded by English immigrants who were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the late 1850s, and is named after the Mormon apostle Heber C. Kimball. It is the county seat of Wasatch County. The original Heber City town square is located on the west side of Main Street between Center Street and 100 North and currently houses city offices as well as the historic Wasatch Stake Tabernacle and Heber Amusement Hall. The city was largely pastoral, focusing largely on dairy farms and cattle ranching, and has since become a bedroom community for Orem, Provo, Park City and Salt Lake City. Heber City is currently governed by Mayor Kelleen Potter along with City Council Members. Within the city limits are Heber Valley, Old Mill, Daniels Canyon and J.R. Smith Elementary Schools, Timpanogos Middle School, Rocky Mountain Middle School, Wasatch High School, and Wasatch Alternative High School. An additional school in the Heber Valley is Midway Elementary School. All of these schools are part of the Wasatch County School District. Utah Valley University maintains a satellite campus just north of Heber City along the US-40 corridor.

Heber City was first settled in 1859 by Robert Broadhead, James Davis and James Gurr. John W. Witt built the first house in the area. The area was under the direction of Bishop Silas Smith who was in Provo. In 1860 Joseph S. Murdock became the bishop over the Latter-day Saints in Heber City and vicinity. Heber City is located at 40°30′24″N 111°24′44″W (40.506793, -111.412292), at an elevation of 5595 feet. The region in which Heber City is located is known as the Wasatch Back. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (8.9 km2), all of it land. Heber City is in the neighborhood of three large reservoirs, Jordanelle, Deer Creek, and Strawberry.

Heber City has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Utah. Local developers and business leaders cite that there are not enough jobs in the city itself (as 27% of residents commute to Park City or Salt Lake City for work) and wish to improve the city’s self-reliance. Average home prices in the valley doubled from 2002–2008 and the population has grown by 25% in that same time period. Tourism is a year-round industry in the Heber Valley. The winter season features cross-country and downhill skiing, as well as snowboarding and snowmobiling on several trails and the nearby ski resorts of Park City. In the summer and fall, golfing, off roading, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational activities are abundant. Heber is also home to the Heber Valley Historic Railroad (HVRR) which was known as the Heber Creeper before 1989. Heber City’s youth are employed largely in the surrounding golf courses, restaurants, and specialty shops in Heber City and the surrounding area. Local contractors and farmers are also a major source of employment for the youth. The adult population work mostly in Park City, Salt Lake City, Provo and Orem.

Skiing and Snowboarding is very popular among Heber City’s youth, and many people go to Park City mountain resort, Canyons, or Deer Valley, all of which are in Park City. Farming and ranching is a large force in the economy, but this has diminished slightly. The largest local employer is the Wasatch County School District. As of the census of 2010, there were 11,362 people and 3,637 households residing in the city. The population density was 2,113.5 people per square mile (816/km2). There were 3,637 housing units at an average density of 710.5 per square mile (274.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.7% White, 0.4% African American, 0.8% Native American, 1.1% Asian, and 0.1% Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.4% of the population. There were 3,362 households out of which 50.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. Of all households 15.9% were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.35 and the average family size was 3.78. The median age was 28.5 years.

ATV Accident Lawyer

ATV riding is a popular activity that many consider a relaxing yet exciting sport. At the same time, it’s a high-risk hobby, and when ATV accidents occur, just who is responsible for the risk can become a major concern. If you have been involved in an accident, there will be multiple questions that require the experience of a personal injury lawyer. Heber has no shortage of areas that look and feel as if they were created specifically for exploration with an ATV, but accidents do happen. When they do, your life can be completely changed forever, and by no fault of your own. Although riding ATVs is among the most popular hobbies in Utah, Heber leads the county in ATV accidents. While this shouldn’t affect your decision to continue to enjoy your hobby, you should keep in mind that there could be more ATVs operating in a smaller area than in other areas of the state. Because of this, accidents involving multiple ATVs and motorists can occur more frequently. Whether your accident takes place in Utah or anywhere else, however, you’re likely to suffer severe physical and mental injuries.

ATV Requirements

Heber has restrictions on where you can operate an ATV. For example, one of the ATV laws is that you aren’t supposed to ride them on the highway or on private property unless you have permission from the owner of the property. On the other hand, property owners are obligated to maintain their property in such a way that it is safe for travel. It isn’t always easy to determine where one property ends and another begins, so how do you know who is responsible when an ATV accident occurs as a result of neglected property?

ATV Accident Scenarios

One of the most likely scenarios is for a rider to unknowingly cross a property line, and then perhaps hit a stump from a freshly cut tree. For the average citizen, it’s difficult to assess just who is responsible for that accident. Although you may not have permission to be on the land, there may not be clear markers to let you know. The existence of the stump may have left the area unsafe as far as the court is concerned. This is just one example of a time when you need a qualified ATV accident.

Long-Term Injuries

Because there is no external protection on some ATVs and only limited external protection on others, there is every potential to develop long-term issues as a result of an accident on an ATV. This is especially true if you weren’t wearing safety gear or your safety gear wasn’t able to cover some vulnerable areas, like your vertebrae. Again, it’s difficult for the average citizen to assess who is responsible for such injuries, much less enforce that responsibility

Short-Term Injuries

Short-term injuries don’t sound threatening because they may not last as long as other injuries. At the same time, they may cause you to miss work, and can limit your day-to-day responsibilities. It’s important that you don’t have to risk losing anything if you aren’t the one ultimately responsible for the injury in the first place. For some people, losing a day’s pay doesn’t mean a lot, but for the majority of the country, it could mean the loss of services or even healthcare. This is not even including medical bills and the cost of other expenses necessary in getting you back on your feet.

Contact An Experienced ATV Accident Attorney

If you are unfortunate enough to have been involved in an ATV accident, don’t assume you have to deal with it by yourself. Contact an experienced ATV accident lawyer.

ATV Accidents in Heber

Four-wheelers, motocross bikes, and other all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are by design unstable and sensitive. Yet these recreational vehicles, along with speedboats and Jet Skis, are heavily marketed to the adventurous. The Heber personal injury lawyers have seen the tragic results of ATV and boating accidents. All-terrain vehicle accidents often result in serious or fatal head and neck injuries, or permanently disabling knee or foot injuries.

Accident Statistics for ATVs

• 300 people die in ATV accidents every year in the United States. The majority of these deaths are caused by head and spinal cord injuries.
• Approximately 80% of all boat accident fatalities occurred on vessels where the operator had not received boating safety instruction, and alcohol was involved in 39% of all fatal boating accidents.
If you were injured or a member of your family was killed in a recreational accident as a passenger, driver, or water skier, it is important to hire a lawyer with the right experience. You need someone who will stand up for you as you seek justice and fair compensation for your injuries and loss.

Who Can Ride ATVs (and Who Shouldn’t)

There are no federal regulations or age limits when it comes to riding ATVs. Instead, each state has its own guidelines and laws. Some states require ATV riders to be 16 years old and have a safety certificate. Other states allow kids as young as 10 to ride ATVs as long as they’re supervised by an adult with a valid driver’s license. The AAP does not recommend ATV use for children and teens 16 or younger. ATVs can be too large for smaller kids to handle safely, even if it’s legal for them to be riding them. Safely operating an ATV requires the driver to make quick decisions, such as speeding up, slowing down, or shifting his or her weight in response to changes in the environment. Kids under 16 are unlikely to be able to make these choices or have the skills to carry them out. If your child does ride an ATV, make sure you understand and follow the rules of your state. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) online for this information. This applies even if your child won’t be steering the ATV. Many states don’t allow passengers to ride unless the ATV is specifically designed to carry two people. ATV riding will always be risky and because they’re fun, many kids and teens will want to try them. There are no guarantees that kids won’t get hurt, even with precautions and protective laws in place. But by making sure that riders follow safety rules and know how to use ATVs safely, parents can do their best to help protect them from being injured.

Why is an ATV so dangerous?

There isn’t a week which goes by without a child being seriously injured after riding one at a friend’s house, or a farmer leaving the homestead on one, never to return. In fact, so dangerous are ATV’s here in Heber that they now hold the crown as the biggest killer on our farms, with 1 farmer dying each week on average. In 2015, a total of 24 farmers died in ATV accidents between January and the end of June, while another 50 suffered non-fatal injuries which were serious enough to be reported. As human beings none of us will ever be perfect and rider error will always be a factor. Perhaps it is the machine which needs to be made less deadly. One would imagine that a 4-wheeled ATV would be safer than a similarly sized 2-wheeled dirt bike. I mean why wouldn’t it be? The added stability of having four wheels on the ground means the rider doesn’t need to balance anywhere near as much. In theory, this is true, but in reality it couldn’t be further from the truth. A big part of what makes an ATV so dangerous is their inherent flaw in their design, resulting in a lack of lateral stability and crush protection for the rider. Put simply, ATV’s roll over all too easily, and often the consequences of that roll can be fatal. Another issue with an ATV is the weight up to twice the weight of a dirt bike. If you drop a dirt bike, the worst thing that might happen is you’ll break a leg. But if you roll an ATV you run the risk of breaking your neck, breaking your back or at least being on the receiving end of crush injuries to potentially any part of your body. By design, ATV’s are also great at tumbling down hills out of control, potentially hurting or injuring other bystanders.

So the next time you’re given the chance to ride an ATV in a seemingly harmless environment, make sure you treat it with the caution and respect it deserves.

• Always wear safety gear. Helmets, goggles, boots, gloves – they works.
• Do a pre-ride inspection every time. Also check the tires for wear and rims for damage.
• Never ride alone. Running out of fuel or crashing can be life threatening if you’re alone.
• Don’t ride drunk. ATV’s are dangerous enough as they are.
• If you’re tired, stop riding.
• One rider at a time. No piggy-backing or side riding.
• Ride on Designated Trails. Going off the beaten track increases your chances of rolling.
• Ride an ATV which suits your size. As a general rule, 90cc engines or larger for those 16 years and older.
• Know your surroundings. Look ahead just like driving a car so you can see what’s coming.
• Don’t mess around. Probably one of the top reason riders get hurt. Whether it’s showing off, trying to see what their quad can do or just plain stupidity, don’t ride beyond your ability.

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Michael R. Anderson, JD

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West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

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ATV Accident Lawyer South Jordan Utah

South Jordan is a city in south central Salt Lake County, Utah, 18 miles (29 km) south of Salt Lake City. Part of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, the city lays in the Salt Lake Valley along the banks of the Jordan River between the 9,000-foot (2,700 m) Oquirrh Mountains and the 12,000-foot (3,700 m) Wasatch Mountains. The city has 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of the Jordan River Parkway that contains fishing ponds, trails, parks, and natural habitats. The Salt Lake County fair grounds and equestrian park, 67-acre (27 ha) Oquirrh Lake, and 27 parks are located inside the city. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 50,418. Founded in 1859 by Mormon settlers and historically an agrarian town, South Jordan has become a rapidly growing bedroom community of Salt Lake City. Kennecott Land, a land development company, has recently begun construction on the master-planned Daybreak Community for the entire western half of South Jordan, potentially doubling South Jordan’s population. South Jordan is the first city in the world with two temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jordan River Utah Temple and Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple.

The city has two TRAX light rail stops, as well as one commuter rail stop on the Frontrunners. South Jordan is also a growing tech hub with headquarters of companies like IT software company Ivanti. The first known inhabitants were members of the Desert Archaic Culture who were nomadic hunter-gatherers. From 400 A.D. to around 1350 A.D., the Fremont people settled into villages and farmed corn and squash. Changes in climatic conditions to a cooler, drier period and the movement into the area of ancestors of the Ute, Paiute, and Shoshone, led to the disappearance of the Fremont people. When European settlers arrived, there were no permanent Native American settlements in the Salt Lake Valley, but the area bordered several tribes – the territory of the Northwestern Shoshone to the north, the Timpanogots band of the Ute’s to the south in Utah Valley, and the Goshutes to the west in Tooele Valley. The only recorded trapper to lead a party through the area was Etienne Provost, a French Canadian. In October 1824, Provost’s party was lured into an Indian camp somewhere along the Jordan River north of Utah Lake. The people responsible for the attack were planning revenge against Provost’s party for an earlier unexplained incident involving other trappers. Provost escaped, but his men were caught off-guard and fifteen of them were killed.

In 1863, the South Jordan LDS Branch was organized as a branch of the West Jordan Ward, giving South Jordan its name. The Branch consisted of just nine families. A school was built in 1864 out of adobe and also served as the LDS Meetinghouse for the South Jordan Branch. As South Jordan grew, a new and larger building was constructed in 1873 on the east side of the site of the present-day cemetery. It had an upper and lower entrance with a granite foundation using left-over materials brought from the granite quarry at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The upper story was made of oversized adobe bricks. The main hall had curtains which could be pulled to section off the hall for classes. The meetinghouse also served as the “ward” school when it was held during the fall and winter months. It came to be known as the “Mud Temple”, and was in use until 1908. In the late 1890s, alfalfa hay was introduced and took the place of tougher native grasses which had been used up to that point for feed for livestock. In good years, alfalfa could produce three crops that were stored for winter. Sugar beets were introduced to South Jordan around 1910. Farmers liked sugar beets because they could be sold for cash at the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company factory in West Jordan. Sugar beet farming became so integral to the region, that the region’s high school (Jordan High School) mascot was named the “beet digger”. One of the worst school bus accidents in United States history occurred on December 1, 1938.

A bus loaded with 38 students from South Jordan, Riverton, and Bluffdale crossed in front of an oncoming train that was obscured by fog and snow. The bus was broadsided killing the bus driver and 23 students. The concern about bus safety from the South Jordan accident led to changes in state and eventually federal law mandating that buses stop and open the doors before proceeding into a railroad crossing. The same railroad crossing was the site of many other crashes in the following years with the last deadly crash occurring on December 31, 1995, when three teens died while crossing the tracks in their car. As of the 2010 census, there were 50,418 people residing in 14,333 households. The population density was 2,278 people per square mile (880/km²). There were 14,943 housing units at an average density of 675.3 per square mile (260.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.5% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.6% Asian, 0.9% Pacific Islander, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race was 6.0% of the population. The racial makeup of Salt Lake County was 81.2% White, 1.6% African American, 0.9% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 1.4% Pacific Islander, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic of any race was 16.4%. The racial makeup of Utah was 92.9% White, 1.3% African American, 1.4% Native American, 3.3% Asian, 1.5% Pacific Islander, and 3.1% from two or more races.

Hispanic of any race was 17.1%. There were 14,433 households out of which 46.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.5% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.1% were non-families. 11.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.83 compared to 2.94 for Salt Lake County and 3.03 for Utah. There were 22,368 people employed over the age of 16 with 17,258 people working in the private sector, 2,744 in the government sector, 1,186 self-employed and 32 unpaid family workers. The mean travel time to work was 23.8 minutes. There were 4,153 people employed in educational services, health care and social assistance. There were 2,862 people employed in professional, scientific, management, administrative and waste management services.

There were 2,420 people employed in finance, insurance, real estate and rental and leasing. There were 2,316 people employed in retail trade, 1,633 in construction and 2,050 in manufacturing. In 2010, South Jordan had a total of 57 total law enforcement employees for a rate of 1.13 employees per 1,000 residents. City police officers made a total of 910 arrests. Total crimes reported were 3,810. Total crimes contain 22 categories that include everything from murder, rape and assault to drug offenses, larceny and prostitution. The city has 27 municipal parks and playgrounds ranging in size from 0.39-acre (0.16 ha) Bolton Park in the north-west part of the city to the 59-acre (24 ha) Riverfront Park along the Jordan River and the 80-acre (32 ha) City Park along Redwood Road. City Park includes baseball and softball fields, football, soccer, and lacrosse fields, volleyball courts, tennis courts and a skate park. Riverfront Park includes two fishing ponds stocked with rainbow trout and catfish by the Division of Wildlife Resources and 22 acres (8.9 ha) of natural habitat.

Other recreational facilities owned by South Jordan City include the Aquatic and Fitness center, Community Center providing the senior programs, Mulligan’s two miniature golf and two nine-hole executive golf courses. Two trails meander through South Jordan. The Bingham Creek Trail starts in the northwest part of the city and travels 0.5 miles (0.80 km) North-East until it reaches the West Jordan border. A 3.5-mile (5.6 km) section of the Jordan River Parkway trail runs through the city from northern edge of the city all the way to the southern edge. The trail has a combined bike and jogging path, plus an equestrian path. Salt Lake County operates the 120-acre (49 ha) Equestrian Park that sits adjacent to South Jordan City Park. The park grounds contain a horse racing track, a polo and dressage field, indoor arenas and stables.[51] The Salt Lake County Fair is held every August at the park. The 67-acre (27 ha) Oquirrh Lake sits inside 137 acres (55 ha) of park and wetlands located at the Daybreak Community. Recreational opportunities include fishing, sail boating, kayaking and canoeing. The lake has been stocked with trout, bigmouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, and fathead minnows. Of the fish they catch, anglers can only keep trout. The lake and the surrounding park land are privately owned, but open to the public, with future plans to turn it over to South Jordan City. In addition to the lake, the Daybreak community includes 22 miles (35 km) of trails, community gardens, tennis courts, basketball courts, pocket parks and community-only swimming pools. On August 3, 2017, South Jordan City hosted stage 4 of the Tour of Utah. South Jordan City employees, specifically from the South Jordan Fitness and Aquatics Center, as well as South Jordan citizens, acted as volunteers to help with the race. South Jordan has a council-manager form of government. The council, the city’s legislative body, consists of five members and a mayor, each serving a four-year term. The council sets policy, and the city manager oversees day-to-day operations. The current mayor is Dawn R. Ramsey. The city council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:00 PM. South Jordan lies within Jordan School District.

The district has seven elementary schools (Daybreak, Eastlake, Elk Meadows, Golden Fields, Jordan Ridge, Monte Vista, and South Jordan Elementaries), two middle schools (South Jordan Middle and Elk Ridge Middle, along with a new school being built) and three high schools (Bingham High School, Intoners Early College High School and Valley High (an alternative school)) serving the students of South Jordan. In addition, there is Paradigm public charter high school, Early Light Academy public charter elementary and four private schools (American Heritage, Mountain Heritage Academy, Hawthorn Academy and Stillwater Academy). Salt Lake Community College’s Jordan Campus is located on the boundary between of South Jordan and West Jordan. The Jordan Campus offers general education classes as well as all of the college’s health science courses. Jordan School District’s Applied Technology Center and Itineris Early College High School are also located on campus. Salt Lake Community College’s Miller Campus is located in Sandy next to the border with South Jordan and is home to the college’s Culinary Institute, Miller Business Resource Center for corporate training programs, and training facilities for the Utah Department of Public Safety. The private university in South Jordan is the Roseman University of Health Sciences, which houses schools of pharmacy, dentistry, and an online accelerated nursing program. South Jordan is served by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) bus system and UTA’s TRAX light rail Red Line. The Red Line connects the TRAX line running to downtown Salt Lake City and the University of Utah. Two TRAX stations, with park and ride lots, are located inside the Daybreak Community. The Daybreak North Station is located at approximately 10600 south and has 400 shared park and ride spaces. The Daybreak South Station is located at 11400 south and has 600 park and ride spaces. Two other stations are located inside West Jordan at the city boundary with South Jordan, the 5600 West Station and the 4800 West Station. The travel time between the Daybreak South Station to downtown Salt Lake City is approximately 60 minutes. Electric service to South Jordan residents is provided by Rocky Mountain Power. Natural gas service is provided by Questar Corporation. Qwest Communications handles local telephone service; long-distance service is available from several providers. Comcast and Qwest both offer high-speed Internet connections. South Jordan city owns the water distribution system. Drinking water is provided by Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District. Secondary water, non-potable water used for landscaping, is provided from the canals running through the city. South Valley Sewer District owns and bills for the sewer system. South Jordan City contracts out to Allied Waste Industries for curbside pickup of household garbage; recyclables are picked up once a week. The Intermountain Riverton Hospital, owned by Intermountain Healthcare, is a 58-bed, full-service hospital in Riverton that also includes a satellite facility for Primary Children’s Medical Center. Jordan Valley Medical Center, owned by Iasis Healthcare, is a 183-bed, full-service hospital located in West Jordan.

Despite widespread awareness of the extreme hazards to by all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), ATV accidents continue to claim the lives and futures of Florida especially youngsters. Under Utah law, ATVs are not authorized for use on paved road, but children continue to bring ATVs on to Utah’s roads and highways. Utah laws also prohibit the carrying of passengers on most ATVs, require children below the age of 16 to take approved ATV training courses, and require kids younger than 16 to wear helmets, eye protection, and over-the-ankle boots when operating ATVs. However, these requirements apply only when ATVs are operated on public lands, leaving kids essentially without protection when riding ATVs on private property. Within the past year and a half, several ATV accidents have starkly confirmed that Utah’s motor vehicle safety laws don’t go far enough, and that even where these laws are potentially helpful, they are not inspiring compliance. It turns out that imperfect laws are not the only weak link in protecting kids from ATV tragedies. Ineffective manufacturer warnings now appear to be part of the problem. In a study published late last month by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academy found that even where ATVs come equipped with labels urging safety precautions and warning against high-risk behaviors and any use of ATVs by children younger than 16, high-risk and underage uses continue unabated. The Academy documented not only that almost 40 percent of ATV-related injuries are suffered by users younger than 16, but also that no respondents, in their study, pursued recommended ATV training, and only 36.7 percent of respondents were helmeted at the time of their crashes. The Academy also found that even after being injured, and despite manufacturer labels warning against underage and risky uses, children who survived ATV injuries went on to ride again, and resumed riding without safety gear, riding on paved roads, performing dangerous maneuvers, and carrying passengers.

Equipment failure, in the form of either malfunctioning ATV parts or defective design of ATV parts, may provide another and different avenue of redress for injured ATV operators. All parties in the chain of manufacture and distribution of an ATV that ultimately causes injury are potentially reachable in cases of this kind. The legal principles that may support a claim based on ATV malfunction include traditional negligence (i.e., a breach of a duty of care owed to the ATV operator), warranty breach (involving both explicit and implicit terms of purchase), failure to warn of known equipment risks, and strict liability (in which the inherent danger of ATVs will obviate the need for a suing party to show carelessness on the part of the ATV manufacturer, distributor, and/or retailer).

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