Utah Highway Patrol Officers Arrest Suspected Drunk Driver After Crash
Officers with the Utah Highway Patrol arrested a Smithfield man who was allegedly driving drunk at the time of an accident which left a mother and child injured near the intersection of SR-218 and 2400 West on Thursday, September 6.
Officers said that the mother and toddler were driving eastbound in an SUV on SR-218. 32-year-old Zane B. Trivitt was driving a Cadillac southbound on the same road when he allegedly ran through a stop sign and struck the SUV on its side, at the intersection of 2400 West.
The SUV veered off the road and landed in a ditch next to the intersection. Trivitt’s injuries were considered minor, but he was transported to a hospital for treatment. The mother and her son were brought to Logan Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Troopers discovered an open container of alcohol in Trivitt’s car and he admitted to drinking and using methamphetamine. He was arrested on felony DUI and an outstanding warrant for an unrelated charge.
Liability for Drunk Driving Accidents in Utah
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps families affected by drunk driving accidents get justice. We’ve asked him for some input on liability for DUI accidents in Utah:
Victims of DUI accidents in Utah may have the option to secure financial compensation in two different ways. As you may already know, the victims of these accidents often have grounds for a personal injury claim against the drunk driver. However, Utah and many other states also have “dram shop” laws which allow third parties to be held liable for drunk driving accidents under certain conditions.
In Utah, alcohol manufacturers and vendors can be held liable for injuries and damages in alcohol-related accidents if they give, sell, or provide alcohol to someone who is:
- under 21 years of age,
- “apparently under the influence” of drugs or alcohol,
- someone who has been legally ordered not to consume alcohol,
- and the person who receives the alcohol causes an accident related to the consumption of the alcohol.
When these circumstances apply, alcohol vendors like bars, nightclubs, liquor stores, and other businesses can be held liable if someone injured in a drunk driving accident decides to file a dram shop lawsuit. Proving liability is a complicated process, so DUI victims and their families should consider discussing their legal options with an experienced DUI accident lawyer.
Intersection of SR-218 and 2400 West