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Strange Laws in Utah

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Utah law keeps us safe and happy when properly initiated. It protects victims of drunk drivers, domestic abuse and prevents others from abusing drugs. But what happens when long forgotten laws stay on the books for centuries? Utah and Salt Lake City have a unique history of blended cultures and traditions that has resulted in some strange rules still in the books.

Some laws are restricted to single cities in Utah. For example, Provo need to watch out during the winter because throwing snowballs can result in a $50 fine. Ogdenites are only allowed one cow on their property and in Logan, women are legally barred from swearing, gosh darnit.

Compared to other U.S. states, Utah has a history of unique alcohol laws. For instance, restaurants may only serve wine with meals if customers ask for a wine list and nobody can sell alcohol during an emergency.

Other Weird Utah Laws

  • Husbands are responsible criminal acts their wife commits while she is in his presence
  • Birds have the right of way on all highways
  • Whale hunting is illegal anywhere in Utah
  • It is illegal not to drink milk in Utah
  • It is illegal to cause a catastrophe
  • You may not fish on horseback

Though these laws aren't strictly adhered to anymore, strange laws that remain on the record can make a difference in some cases. If you need an attorney in Utah who knows the law from cover to cover, call Handy & Handy Accident & Injury Attorneys today.

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Future Features to Keep Your Family Safe

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Backup Camera

Backing up your vehicle in a crowded parking lot is stressful, especially when children, shoppers or objects seemingly appear from nowhere. When you're simply trying to get out of your parking spot without hitting anyone or anything, backup cameras can be a literal life saver. The backup camera on your back bumper sends video to a monitor on your dashboard. Many of these monitors overlay graphics to show the path of your vehicle. These devices are so useful, the US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) passed a law that will require all new vehicles under 10,000 to have a backup camera by 2018.

Forward Collision Warning

Even careful drivers can be in the wrong place in the wrong time. Forward collision warnings vary between vehicles, but most often use all-weather radar, lasers or cameras to detect oncoming crashes. Depending on the vehicle, these systems alert the driver to act or take action automatically through brakes or steering. You can expect this to be a standard feature in new vehicles by 2022.

Blind Spot Detector

We've all had close calls with other vehicles in our blind spots. Even if you're watching the road, you can forget to check your mirrors and blind spots when switching lanes or turning. However, blind spot detectors are an increasingly popular safety feature in many modern cars. Located below your side-view mirrors, a small light appears on the mirror to show that a vehicle is present in your blind spot. This makes it easy to check your blind spot before changing lanes or turning.

Inflatable Seat Belts

Using the power of airbags and seatbelts, inflatable seatbelts are designed to protect the most vulnerable passengers in the back rows of a vehicle. Children and the elderly are often the most susceptible to neck, head and chest injuries when sitting in the back seat. A sensor on the vehicle senses the severity of the crash and then adjusts amount of air the belt needs to protect everyone in the car. Although only a few vehicles have inflatable seat belts, but it will likely grow in popularity as new models roll out with this feature.

Lane-keep System

According to NHTSA, 37 percent of transportation fatalities in the US are caused by a vehicle driving off the road or drifting into a different lane. A lane-keep system has two components to help solve this problem. The lane departure warning buzzes or illuminates when your vehicle has left the lane to let you correct yourself. Lane-keep assistance will help the car stay on course with small amounts of counter-steering force. The good news is this feature is already available for an extra cost in many standard vehicles.

Drowsiness Alert

If you're driving home at night after a long day, you might start to get sleepy. This problem is more common than you'd think. NHTSA reports that between 2005 and 2009, an average of 83,000 people crashed each year from drowsy driving. The new drowsiness alert system, already available in some luxury cars, learns and monitors your steering habits and reaction times. Often, drowsy drivers stop steering or develop a slow reaction time. When your vehicle detects this problem, it will illuminate a warning to take a break. With luck, this will become a common feature in most cars and potentially save thousands of lives.

Cutting edge safety features on your car can do wonders to help you stay alert and safe. With luck and time, all cars on the road will become safer for drivers and pedestrians alike. If you've been injured in a vehicle accident or from a faulty safety feature in Utah, talk to Handy & Handy Accident & Injury Attorneys today to discuss your case.

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Accidents in Driverless Cars: Who's At Fault?

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Imagine that you're on a cross country road trip in your brand new self-driving car. It's hour six with only two hours to go. You've been enjoying the scenery, maybe a book and pleasant conversation with your fellow passengers. Suddenly, a large deer crosses your path and the vehicle's brakes lock. Will you be able to react fast enough?

Self-driving cars may sound like something straight out of Blade Runner, but these automated vehicles have been road legal since 2011. Google, Tesla and even mainstream manufacturers like BMW and Toyota are preparing self-driving cars for the road. Currently, eight states and the District of Columbia have addressed laws and concerns specific to driverless cars. While there aren't as many on the road yet, 2016 saw the first incident of a fatal accident in a self-driven vehicle. Considering the 1.25 million people who die each year from collisions each year, one fatal accident in five years is not a bad track record. However, there are deeper implications to this technology.

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that of 500 people, 96.2 percent of people questioned preferred to have a steering, gas and brake controls available if they were to use a self-driving car. This skepticism comes from a fear of automation and technology. However, automation is already a large part of our life. We trust automated technology with our money, children and safety every day.

As self-driving cars become more accessible to the public, personal injury lawyers, vehicle manufacturers and every day drivers and pedestrians will have to start considering the effects of who is really behind the wheel. Self driving cars will need further legislation before attorneys and average citizens get involved. But with the technology beings so new, it's hard to tell if these cars are actually safer than human driven vehicles. However, they could protect drunk or careless drivers from serious lawsuits.

As of now, the manufacturers have been held responsible and show hesitation over releasing technology that may not be ready. So for the time being, you may not encounter many self-driving cars during your daily commute, but do you really trust the human drivers near you more than a machine?

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Handy Law advice on how to defend yourself against an animal attack.

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Consider this scenario for a moment. You are walking home, after a long day’s work when you notice that on the sidewalk is a dog walking toward you weirdly, baring it’s teeth. You begin to back away, and then run. BAM! The dog chases you, knocking you to the floor. What do you do?

In another scenario, you are hiking along a wooded path near your home when you spot what appears to be a very large dog. It is a cougar, You are alone, and it is staring you down along the path. What do you do?

And for a final scenario, imagine yourself driving when you hit something. While your car is totalled, you seem to be okay. However, your car is now dead and you can’t see the animal that you hit. Is it okay?

Between dog bites, wild animal attacks, and car-accidents involving animals, many lives are claimed each year. And while learning about how to defend against these scenario’s may not be enough to save your life should one of these events befall you, it just might make the difference.



  1. The dog attack.

    If you haven’t been knocked down or otherwise incapacitated/bitten by the dog, try to act big and intimidating, dogs are more likely to run with their tails between their legs than actually attack you if they feel legitimately threatened. Still, there is the chance that the dog isn’t afraid of you.

    If you are rushed by a big dog (small dogs present less of a threat, and can be manhandled by most) Rather than take the rush head on, take one step to the side so that one shoulder is facing the dog and use that arm to defend. The dog will likely bite your arm as it is closest to it. If it goes for the legs, even better, as now you have both arms to defend yourself. There are many breeds of dogs which don’t let go after biting, so don’t try to pry the dog’s jaws free, instead, if you can, use your arm to defend your body from harm and grab it’s eyes. Forcefully push your thumb and forefinger into the dog's eyes until it lets go. If this doesn’t work, continue to push until the dog has been blinded, the pain will likely dissuade the animal and it may begin to try to flee, it is likely in your best interest to let this happen and seek medical attention. If the animal continues to attack, and is stronger than you, continue to yell and make noise while attacking it’s sensitive areas (eyes, nose, stomach) all the while defending with your bitten arm.

  2. The wild-animal attack.

    This one is a bit harder to defend against, because it depends greatly upon the attacking animal. A grizzly isn’t going to be beaten by a human, and if you try to fight you may make it worse. Meanwhile it is always better to forcefully fight against a cougar or black bear. For tips on defending oneself against wild animals, look here.

  3. I just hit something! Don’t panic. Is your car okay? If so, pull a distance away and park, call the police and wait at the scene. If you don’t have a phone, leave your hazard lights and headlights on. DO NOT APPROACH THE ANIMAL. Along many major roads there are phones that can be used for emergency calls Find one and use it to call the police if you can do so safely, otherwise, wait.
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Car Auto Accident Specialists Handy Law: The Dangers of Summer Driving

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Summer’s here folks, and it’s a great time to be out and about. But did you know that the summer months are also the most dangerous for drivers? According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), August had the highest number of fatal car accidents of any month in 2013; a combined total of 3,136. In July and September, of that same year, there were over 2,900 fatal car accidents each.

So why is summer the deadliest season to drive? We’ve compiled a list to help you to recognize (and avoid) some of the present summertime dangers.



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