Utah Semi Truck Accident
Date: July 31, 2009
Location: Interstate 84 in Weber County
Type: Fatal Utah accident, Utah semi-truck accident
A tragic Utah car accident took place in Weber County this past weekend. According to KSL News, 29-year-old Caleb Nelson was driving his SUV west on I-84 near Riverdale on Friday. The driver of a flatbed tractor-trailer had pulled his vehicle to the side of the road to make adjustments to his load. Nelson drifted off the side of the road onto the shoulder and crashed his Lincoln SUV into the semi. Nelson died instantly at the scene of the accident. A one-year-old girl was in the SUV at the time of the accident and was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The driver of the semi truck was not injured. Authorities are still determining why Nelson veered off the road.
The baby girl was strapped into a car seat at the time of the accident. Research shows that proper car seats greatly reduce injury and fatalities among infant accident victims. When an infant is placed in a car seat, his/her fatality rate is reduced by 75%. Booster seats have a similar effect for toddlers, reducing their fatality rate by 60%. It is also important to place children in the back seat of the vehicle, as they are 38% less likely to be injured in a traffic accident in the back seat. For more information on child and booster seats, read the article “Child Car Restraint Statistics” in the Christensen Law Firm’s online library.
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