Salt Lake City skylineSalt Lake City combines a magical diversity of different driving styles into one swarming mass of confusion.  Some drivers try to work their noses into left-turn lanes before a place has been made for them.  Still other drivers (on the opposite end of the consideration spectrum) wait an eternity for cars to enter a lane when they seem to have no intention of doing so.  All this is to say nothing of the multitude of drivers who lack all understanding of road signals and how to respond to them.

If you’ve ever had a driving experience in Salt Lake City that made you wonder if you were commuting in the worst place in the world, you may have been closer to the truth than you realized.  A compilation of 2009 data revealed that Salt Lake City is the 6th most dangerous city for drivers in the United States, 1 ranking higher than New York City on the Road Frustration Index. Frustration aside, there are legitimate reasons for concern as a traveler in Salt Lake City.  Here are 3 places in which particular caution should be exercised:

1.      The crosswalk at State Street and 1500 South

If you thought that neon flags, a crosswalk, and proximity to
Whittier Elementary School would be enough to induce motorists to stop, this is an unfortunate mistake.  On the contrary, this oft-traveled passage for elementary school students is considered one of the most dangerous crossings in the Salt Lake City area.  Countless citizen complaints later, a traffic light for the intersection is in the works.  Nevertheless, pedestrians in particular should beware at that particular crossing, according to citizens living in the surrounding areas who see frequent close calls.

2.      The Intersection at 3300 South 2700 East in Millcreek

Residential areas are not without their hot spots, either—the Bishops report that their property has been damaged over 100 times by drivers in the 34 years they’ve stayed in the same house.  They estimate that their fence needs repairs 2-3 times annually; and in 2010, an off-duty police officer struck their house with his car.  The reason behind the officer’s contribution to the home, as cited, is the probable story of the other drivers’ excuses:  limited visibility at the intersection.  Often, this property damage results when a driver is trying to avoid another car.   The difficulty involved in sighting other drivers before it is too late makes this intersection a perilous area for pedestrians and drivers alike.

3.      13400 South 300 East in Draper

Yet another crosswalk that serves a large number of schoolchildren has seen so many dangerous violations that police officers patrol it twice a day.  Says Sergeant Evans, “We have more speed violators at this crosswalk than any other crosswalk in Draper City”—and this in spite of the large number of pedestrians known to use it.  In addition to the many speed limit violations that take place daily, a crossing guard sustained two broken ribs when he was struck by an inattentive driver.  “Flashing lights, cones, vests; what does it take?” he asks, stunned.

crosswalkSometimes it takes retrospective action with the help of a personal injury attorney to deter future irresponsibility.  Unfortunately, drivers who won’t stop for schoolchildren will likely not stop for anything less than the promise that they will be held accountable for the harms they cause by their recklessness.  Thankfully, personal injury attorneys like Christensen & Hymas in Draper serve the victims of such irresponsible acts courageously and honestly, not charging for their services until their clients are duly compensated.  Recognized by Newsweek for their professional acumen, Christensen & Hymas represent those in need with compassion and integrity. If you or someone you care for has fallen victim to an individual or institution with the responsibility to take measures to avoid whatever action led to their injury, you don’t have to suffer prolonged pain and expense.  To determine whether a personal injury attorney is right for you, call the office of Christensen & Hymas for a free initial consultation at (801) 506-0800.

Image by Sheldon Photography and Carol Berney