Whenever you’re on the road, there’s always a potential risk of a collision. Serious and fatal auto accidents can occur anywhere, from highways to city streets. Our Albuquerque injury attorneys are here to fight for the victims of major auto collisions, holding negligent motorists accountable for their actions.
A number of car crashes are the result of drivers running red lights. We’d like to consider these kinds of auto accidents in more detail below.
Statistics on Red Light and Intersection Accidents
According to numbers compiled by the Federal Highway Administration, there are approximately 2.5 millions auto accidents in intersections each year. This accounts for up to 50 percent of all serious collisions that occur in intersections. It’s been estimated that around 20 percent of all fatal auto accidents occur in intersections.
Specifically regarding red lights, roughly 165,000 annual auto crashes are the result of running a stop light. It’s been estimated that up to 800 fatalities a year are attributable to running a red light.
Types of Crashes from Running Stop Lights
Running a red light greatly increases the risk of t-bone and side collisions, which can be extremely dangerous given the amount of force aimed at the driver’s side or passenger side of a vehicle.
In addition, running a stop light can lead to a greater risk of pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents. These kinds of incidents can prove deadly given how vulnerable both of these groups are in accidents.
Attempting to Beat Yellow Lights
One of the most common reasons why people run red lights is that they are trying to beat a yellow light. Yellow lights are meant as a caution of an impending stop light. Ideally people should slow down if they are approaching a yellow light, yet many people instead try to speed up and beat the light before it turns red. Bad timing can lead to people barreling through a red light.
Instead of speeding up when there’s a yellow light, instead slow down. Simple cautious driving like this can reduce the risk of an avoidable collision.
Collisions from Malfunctioning Traffic Signals
Another reason for running red lights is the malfunction of a traffic signal. These cases are much rare. Examples of this include a bulb being out at a traffic signal, the signal not being lit at all, or issues with the timing of a traffic signal.
Whenever a traffic signal malfunction leads to an intersection collisions, it’s important that attorneys consider holding the local traffic authority or the city accountable for putting people’s lives at risk.
Other Reasons Why People Run Stop Lights
In addition to the above, below are some other reasons why people run red lights:
- Texting while driving
- Using a cellphone while driving
- Driver distraction
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
- Impatience/running late
- Stop light is obscured or poorly placed
- Poor weather
Whatever the case may be, running a red light is a serious matter that puts others in danger. Motorists need to be careful while on the road. If you or a loved one is harmed in an auto collision, our team of attorneys can help you.
Speak with Our Team of Accident Attorneys
To learn more about your legal options following a serious car crash, be sure to contact our team of injury and accident attorneys. Our lawyers will fight diligently for you, helping you receive the damages that are due to you.