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"Drowsy driving contributes to 100,000 automobile accidents a year 1,550 deaths
72,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in damages annually." Be sure to read our blog for tips about drowsy driving to ensure you and those in the car with you are safe.
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Congratulations to this year’s Battle of the Brackets winners. There were over 240 brackets in this year’s competition. In spite of some serious tournament upsets, these three were able to rise to the top to earn cash along with bragging rights:

1st   Fred Axelgard
2nd  Dan Bonney
3rd   Jonny Grigg

Thanks again to everyone that participated and made this year the biggest and most competitive Battle of the Brackets ever. We hope you enjoyed being part of the excitement and fervor of March Madness
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I am proud to say I tied for 155th place. My goal is to crack the job 100 next year!
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A recent study conducted by Transportation Research Board tracked all the participants phone calls and text messages records. The study concluded that 28 percent of all their phone calls were done while driving. In addition to the phone calls, 10 percent of all the text messages also overlapped during driving periods.

According to the record logs, drivers were estimated to be talking on the phone 10.6 percent of the time while driving.

Does this sound like you? If so, put away the distraction by either turning off your phone while driving or downloading mobile apps that can temporarily suspend those distractions. Get in the habit of driving safe.
Source: http://trid.trb.org/view.aspx?id=1249880
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These are the top five common causes for young drivers ages 15-24 for auto accidents. 

Following Too Closely (21%)
Failed to Yield Right of Way (16%)
Speeding (11%)
Failed to Keep in Proper Lane (10%)
Driver Distraction (9%)""

source: Utah Safety Council
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A University of Utah professor and a Utah Valley University student were both crossing the street in marked crosswalks at their respective universities when they were hit by careless drivers. Both clients were knocked onto the hoods of the cars before impacting the ground. The clients sustained leg and hip injuries requiring extensive surgeries.
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Maybe they should have watched out for cars instead of blindly trusting in the magic of the crosswalk?
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Waking up is sometimes the hardest part of the day. Check out these tips to help reduce the challenge of getting up in the morning. http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=28863850&nid=1010&title=6-tips-to-make-waking-up-easier
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One thing we can be sure of is that caffeine late in the day is usually not a good idea.
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Bus drivers are held to a very high standard of care for their passengers. There were nearly 56,000 police reported bus crashes in the year 2011 according to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If you are injured in a bus accident knowing your rights and what you should do can be a great resource during a difficult time. Please check out our page on Bus Accidents to better understand what you can do if you ever find yourself in that unfortunate circumstance.
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Less than 1% of commuters ride their bike to work in America. Having a better understanding of the rules and guidelines for bicycle riders can help everyone understand how biking to work can be a safe, healthy and cheaper way to get to work every  day. 
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I wish I could start biking to work. I just live too far away right now. Maybe I should just start small and build up to biking to work every day.
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About 4.7 million dog bites are reported each year in the US, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). When it comes to interacting with dogs and other animals, everyone should take precautions to avoid being bitten. Here are some tips we hope that can help everyone enjoy being around man's best friend:
• Slowly introduce a child to a dog (or vice versa) over time. They should be allowed to gradually get used to each other until they are comfortable playing together, etc.
• Instruct a child on how to behave around a dog. A focus should be placed on avoiding rough-playing or chasing.
• Have your dog neutered or spayed—it makes them far less aggressive.
• Dog obedience school can be a great way to teach your dog to be tamer.
• Be cautious around new dogs. Don’t approach one unless you are reassured by the owner of the dog’s good nature.

http://www.utahpersonalinjurylawfirm.com/2014/03/vicious-animal-attack-know-rights/
About 4.7 million dog bites are reported each year in the US, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), millions more go unreported, driving the total up even further. Although rarely fatal, dog bites can have a deep impact on a victim’s well-being. Effects of dog-bites extend not only to physical pain, disfigurement, and even …
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Insurance fraud is a major problem. Here are some ways deceptive people do it and how you can avoid their tricks. http://www.utahpersonalinjurylawfirm.com/2014/03/car-accident-insurance-scams-affecting-life-claim/
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Join our competition and show you have what it takes to be our 2014 Battle of the Brackets champion.  Enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 cash prizes being offered:

1st Place: $350.00
 
2nd Place: $100.00
 
3rd Place: $50.00 
 
Registration is simple; all you need is your name and email address. There’s no entry fee of any sort. Additionally, make sure you are a fan of our Facebook page.

Register here: brackets. http://brackets.chlawfirm.com/ch"
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H.D. came looking for our assistance when his original attorney told him he didn’t think his case would win. H.D., a musician and contractor, was riding his bike through a crosswalk near 900 South in Salt Lake City when a Roto-Rooter employee stuck him on his bike. Aside from nearly killing him, H.D. also sustained a serious brain injury.  Surgeons were able to keep his leg from being amputated, but H.D. lost 90 percent of the use of that leg. When Roto-Rooter’s insurance company refused to accept responsibility for the collision, we filed a lawsuit. The insurance company eventually made a fair settlement offer at mediation. The amount is confidential, but our client was very thankful we filed the lawsuit and reached a successful settlement for future medical care, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
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Salt Lake City Utah Personal Injury Lawyers

Welcome to Christensen & Hymas. Our Utah personal injury law firm only represents injured persons and their families. We do not represent insurance companies or corporations, we represent people. Our clients range from the severely handicapped to the mildly injured.

Our entire firm is dedicated to helping you seek the compensation you truly deserve for your injury. In addition to providing knowledgeable advice and experienced advocacy, we are committed to providing superior service to every client.

Our Salt Lake City injury attorneys understand that every one of our clients deserves the best from us. The owner of the firm, Kenneth L. Christensen will talk to you personally and will keep you informed regarding the status of your case. We answer questions and make recommendations to ensure you know your case as well as we do. Our clients are never afraid to ask questions or call. We are here to help. From start to finish, we will research, fight and finalize results that are fair. At Christensen & Hymas we truly provide "Service With Integrity and Compassion When You've Been Injured."

As Personal Injury Attorneys we pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our clients. This is evidenced by the many referrals we receive from past clients and doctors. We meet most of our clients after they have undergone a terrible tragedy and treat each with the utmost respect and dignity.

Unlike larger law firms, personal attention to our client's needs is the cornerstone of our practice. We understand the burdens faced by those who have been seriously injured by the negligence of others and the need to obtain the maximum compensation for those victims and their family members. We also understand the importance of standing up to large insurance companies that so often wrongfully deny claims or attempt to obtain unfair settlements from those who have been injured