U.S. Highway 6 continues to be closed due to the Coal Hollow Fire. The highway was closed on Sunday when the fire crossed the road. The highway is closed from Thistle to Castle Gate. According to fire officials, the fire was started by a lightning strike on August 4. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the fire has burned an estimated 20,352 acres. As of the writing of this blog post, the fire is only 4 percent contained. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has encouraged drivers to utilize alternative routes and calculate an additional hour of travel time if a driver was planning on using Highway 6.
According to KSL.com, both directions of the highway are expected to remain closed for an extended period. Rob Powell, the operations sections chief for the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team, said in a video posted by Utah Fire Info on Monday, “Just so you know, that Highway 6 is going to be closed for a while. Plan appropriately.” Some news outlets across Utah have dedicated portions of their websites to fire updates. Additional information can be gathered there.
The fires also continue to exacerbate lousy air conditions across much of northern Utah, placing air conditions around the orange and red air quality level. According to Fox13, Utah County is expected to be in the red for Monday and Orange for Tuesday and Wednesday. Salt Lake, Davis, and Weber Counties are supposed to be in the orange from Monday to Wednesday.
The Air Quality Index is a measure used for reporting daily air quality. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Air Quality Index “tells you how clean or polluted your air is.” Orange is considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” meaning that those who are more vulnerable to changes in air quality, for example, the elderly or those with asthma, will need to be cautious and limit their exposure to the air outside. Bad air is always bad news for Utah residents. Nasty air can make spending time outside dangerous. Bad air is especially disappointing in summer when people would like to be outside enjoying the beautiful weather.
Often, when the air quality across the state is bad, government officials will encourage citizens to carpool to help minimize the pollution levels from cars. Now, as a result of the wildfires, you may feel inclined to do your part and carpool with a neighbor or coworker. This feeling is admirable, and we likewise encourage this practice if you are willing and able to do so. However, you may have a few questions regarding insurance when you are riding in another person’s car. For example, if you are carpooling with someone else and they get into an accident, whose insurance will cover your injuries?
It is crucial to understand that when anyone gets behind the wheel, he or she is responsible for the people he or she are transporting. This means that their insurance will have to cover your injuries because they are legally responsible for you in the event of an accident. According to carinsurance101.com, “most basic policies will have bodily injury liability insurance of $100,000 per person up to $300,000.” If there are only one or two other people in the car, this could be sufficient. If there are more than this, it might not be enough. Each person’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance will also help cover some of those costs.
Carpooling can be a great option when the air in the valleys is terrible. If you have any questions regarding insurance coverage after a car accident while carpooling, contact The Advocates Law Firm. We are eager to answer any of your accident-related questions.