On Sunday, Aubrey and Kenny Mounteer were killed in a motorcycle crash. According to Good4Utah.com, friends are currently raising money for the remaining four children of the couple to help pay for the expenses of the funeral and other associated costs. According to police reports, the couple was driving on a curve by 7000 West and 5400 South, riding fast, when they crashed. The crash immediately killed Aubrey at the scene. Kenny was quickly taken to a hospital in critical condition and passed away from his injuries the next day.
Our hearts go out to the friends and family of the Mounteer family. We write about many accidents on our website, and those accidents that result in the death of those involved are tragic. The death of both parents has created uncertainty for the children of the family. Because of this, friends have put together a gofundme for the children. Hilary Kirk, Kenny’s mother, said, “You don’t plan on burying your 30-year-old son. They’re supposed to take care of the grandkids and then me. Nobody planned for this.”
The family and friends of the Mounteer’s cautioned all motorists on the road to be extremely careful and vigilant, especially those riding motorcycles. “Learn how to ride the bike. Don’t ever think you’re better than the bike. Always respect that bike because once you lose respect, you get hurt and end up dead” Kelley Kirk, Kenny’s father, told Good4Utah. This caution includes helmets, protective gear, and other safety precautions. Everyone can exercise a little more caution when it comes to driving. This includes drivers of cars. Aubrey’s best friend, Megan Johnson strongly cautioned, “Drivers, look out for other motorcyclists. Being on such a small and exposed vehicle makes them more prone to crashes.”
We endorse these words and encourage all drivers to take extra care when on the roads. Here at The Advocates Law Firm, we help people on a daily basis whose lives have been shattered by a momentary lapse in judgment by another person. You never want to be in that circumstance. Don’t be the one who glances down at your phone at the wrong time only to result in disastrous consequences. An accident can happen in a split second and resolve now that you will be a more cautious and safe driver can make a huge difference.
For each driver on the road, there is something he/she can do to become a better and safer driver. For example, if you are the one who is struggling with phone use while behind the wheel, create a plan for dealing with this. Perhaps put your phone on airplane mode while you drive. If you have an iPhone, you can turn on a setting which will sense that you are driving and send a text to those trying to contact you that you are driving and will contact them later.
If you are the person who gets a late start out the door in the mornings and is in the habit of eating while driving, this can be dangerous and can count as distracted driving. Maybe consider setting your alarm for ten minutes earlier so you can sit down and take the time to eat your breakfast without doing it while trying to steer and operate a car.
If you need both hands to do something, your attention should be there too! Reflect on what it is you can do to become a safer driver and resolve now to do it. This action could save lives and save you immense heartache and suffering.