Tiffany Lopez, a 21-year-old woman from West Jordan, Utah was killed when her car collided head-on with a pickup in West Valley City, Utah on May 10, 2010. This fatal auto accident happened around 6:40 a.m. near 4600 South and 5600 West reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Ms. Lopez’s Honda was traveling south on 5600 West and drifted into oncoming traffic in the northbound lanes. She was hit by a truck head-on. Police believe Lopez may have fallen asleep but they unsure how fast the vehicles were traveling when they collided.
Lopez was pinned in the car and had to by extricated. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The 50-year-old driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries.
I offer my thoughts and prayers to the family of Tiffany Lopez during this difficult time. I also wish the man in the truck a very speedy recovery.
Drowsy Driving Statistics
Adults between 18-29 are much more likely to drive drowsy compared to other age groups. Men are also more likely than woman to drive drowsy. According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, people who sleep six to seven hours a night are twice as likely to be involved in a drowsy driving accident than those who are sleeping eight or more hours a night. People sleeping less than five hours are four to five times more likely to be in a crash.
Who’s Liable for this Utah Auto Accident
Under Utah law, if you are less than 50 percent to blame for an auto accident, you can make a claim against the other driver. In this situation, if Ms. Lopez did fall asleep and went into the opposing lane of travel, then the person(s) that she struck would have a claim against that driver, or in this case, the insurance company of Ms. Lopez. I would recommend those injured in this claim to consult with an experienced Utah personal injury and accident attorney to find out what remedies they may have available to them.
Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.