Traffic lights are legal instructions for drivers. However, some drivers treat red lights only as suggestions and seem to run a light, whether it is close to changing or just blowing it completely. Some drivers purposely hit the red lights when no one is around.
Running red lights can pose severe consequences. If you were injured in a red light running crash, you may be entitled to compensation.
Let’s take a quick rundown of some red light accident facts:
How many accidents are caused by running red lights? According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2020, the number of people who got killed in these crashes in the United States was 928. These types of crashes are common, and one of the fundamental causes is the lack of adherence to red light rules.
Drivers put themselves as well as others at risk when they run a red light. Further, accidents caused by running red lights can cause more severe injuries. If we go by the numbers the number of people injured due to these crashes was 116,000 in 2020. Injured victims may spend millions of dollars on medical bills, not to mention their immense emotional trauma, pain, and suffering.
Everyone who drives has a duty of care to keep others safe on the road. For running a red light and causing an accident penalty, you must prove liability to attain reimbursement. If the at-fault driver has violated their duty of care and led to your injuries, you can file a claim.
Sometimes, due to distracted driving, drivers may unintentionally run a red light. However, even if it is unintentional or accidental, disobeying traffic rules can lead to serious consequences.
Traffic light cameras are effective to prevent many car accidents caused while running a red light. They can bridge the gap at intersections since law enforcement is often not present. These types of cameras do not violate citizens’ privacy. Allowing for ample yellow light time is another way to reduce accidents.
In large cities, these preventive measures reduced red light accidents by 21%. At intersections, traffic accidents were reduced by 14%.
When you are injured due to an accident, you can file a personal injury lawsuit and you may be entitled to money. However, the compensation is dependent on the severity of the injuries, circumstances of the accident, medical expenses, lost income, property damages, and other damages.
If you run a red light in Texas and are stopped by a police officer, you may get a fine. The amount that you have to pay will vary based on where you were stopped. In San Antonio, fines are even steeper than in other major Texas cities such as Houston and El Paso.
If you were hit by someone and were injured, it’s vital to take some essential steps:
Along with these steps, you must also take care to reveal only factual information and not become angry when dealing with the police or insurance companies.
The AAA Foundation for traffic safety recommends that drivers avoid causing crashes by following these essential guidelines:
It can be difficult to demonstrate fault in an accident claim, even for red light running crashes. Regardless, collecting evidence can help injured victims immensely with their cases.
Speak with one of our experienced San Antonio Car accident lawyers as soon as possible after a red light accident. If you want to explore your legal options, then now is the right time to consult a professional. Schedule a free case consultation and get started right now.