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Reckless driver dies in crash that injures one

Speeding is one of the leading contributing factors to auto accidents on Utah roadways. When a driver combines speed with reckless behavior, every driver on the road is at risk. While we usually read about fellow drivers being injured or killed because of the recklessness of another, occasionally the reckless driver themselves falls victim to their own behavior. As The Salt Lake Tribune reports, a driver became the victim of his own recklessness, dying in the crash and injuring another.

Local authorities responded to a head-on crash on Utah's State Road 18 on a Thursday morning. When they arrived, they found the driver of a light-duty pickup truck, dead inside his smashed vehicle. There were two other vehicles involved but only one person with minor injuries. According to onlookers, the 31-year-old was driving recklessly at high speeds and crossing the center line at times.

Investigation into the crash revealed that the accident happened when the 31-year-old sideswiped an oncoming vehicle after he crossed the center line of traffic. This caused him to lose control of his truck and collide head on with the full-size pickup, killing him instantly and injuring the other truck driver.

It is unknown if other factors played a part in the driver's reckless behavior. His death does not change the fact that another person was injured, and property damage was caused because of his negligence.  The injured driver may still be able to seek compensation. Discussing the case with an experienced attorney may reveal the possibilities for injury and damage compensation.

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, "St. George police identify driver killed in SR-18 head-on crash," Bob Mims, Oct. 16, 2015

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