University of Utah Football Player Killed in Car Accident Today

Gaius Vaenuku, a University of Utah defensive lineman, was killed in a car accident in New Mexico.  He was ejected from the vehicle in a rollover and died at the scene.  Another University of Utah football player, offensive tackle Salesi Uhatafe, was also in the vehicle but he survived, along with his father.  Although alcohol was not involved, only the driver was wearing a seatbelt. Additionally, a redshirt freshman at Texas A&M, Polo Manukainiu, was also killed after being ejected from the vehicle.

The occupants of this vehicle fall in the minority by not wearing seatbelts.  A study recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that overall seatbelt use in 2012 was up to 86%.  Another study by NHTSA found that seat belts saved more than 75,000 lives between 2004 and 2008.  Forty-two percent of all vehicle occupants who were killed in car wrecks were not wearing a seatbelt.

Typically the most severe injuries occur when a vehicle occupant is not wearing a seatbelt, but very serious injuries can occur even when someone is wearing a seatbelt.  Although you should always wear a seatbelt there is no guarantee that someone’s negligence won’t injure you if you are wearing a seatbelt.  In Utah car accident cases where there is serious injury, the person who is not a fault should not have to bear the financial consequences of the accident.  That is where the personal injury attorneys at Salcido Law Firm come in.  We work hard to get you every dime you deserve to take care of your medical expenses, lost wages, short-term and long-term care, and other financial problems that can result from having suffered a serious car accident.

While driving, protect yourself by wearing your seatbelt.  After a car accident, protect yourself by calling our personal injury lawyers for a free consultation.  We’ll come to you.

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