Last Friday, three men were injured after a truck drove over a curb and struck customers sitting outside a Starbucks. The crash happened in Millcreek around 9:15 a.m. Three men were injured and one woman, Joslyn Nicole Spilsbury, a Murray-based social worker, was killed as a result of the accident. According to Sgt. Melody Gray, one of the men is still in the hospital in critical condition. He is being treated for injuries which were sustained during the crash, as well as a pre-existing condition.
The three men were sitting at the Starbuck’s patio tables when the truck came barrelling over the curb and hit them. According to an article on KSL’s website, County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said, “This is just a tragic situation. We do not believe that it was an intentional act.” According to officials, the driver of the truck might have suffered a medical issue before the crash, but the cause was still unknown.
Police reported that witnesses saw the vehicle traveling on Sycamore Lane, going fast. The truck passed a Subway across the street before it came over, hitting the curb and rolled. The truck was stopped by a building pillar. The driver was injured and sufficiently conscious to communicate with first responders.
Our hearts go out to the family of Joslyn Nicole Spilsbury. Losing someone because of a car accident is one of the worst case scenarios for any kind of accident. We also hope the three men involved will be able to make a full recovery.
Whenever an accident like the one described happens, we examine ways that it could have been prevented. Unfortunately, there is very little the victims could have done to avoid this accident. In this situation, the damage done was the responsibility of the driver. Now, in the crash described above, we do not know the exact cause of the accident. As mentioned, it could have been a medical issue that caused it. However, it is important to remember that you should never drive if you are not feeling alert and ready to do so.
Every day, an accident is caused because someone should not be driving. For example, if you feel even remotely tired, you should probably not be driving. Drowsy driving is dangerous because there are not strong warning signs that you will soon fall asleep. Some people yawn before they fall asleep, but not everyone who yawns ends up falling asleep. Often, when you fall asleep, it is too late. The following is a short list of warning signs that indicate you should avoid driving:
- You are tired. Sadly, far too many people get behind the wheel when they are tired.
- You are distracted. If your mind is elsewhere, it might not be the best time for you to drive. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents. Cell phone use is one of the main culprits on this list; however, you can be distracted by almost anything.
- You are drunk. You should never drive after having an alcoholic beverage. When you do so, you place yourself and others on the road at risk.
- You don’t feel well. This tip is a little more of a judgment call. There isn’t a cut and dried approach for when you should and should not drive if you do not feel well. Suffice to say, if you feel that your current condition might worsen or that you might endanger someone else in any way while driving, you probably should not do so.
We want you to be safe and we want our roads to be safer. Following these instructions could help prevent many accidents. If you have any questions regarding the contents of this article, contact The Advocates Law. We are always willing to answer your questions.