Running a red light while traveling through an intersection remains one of the most dangerous driving behaviors. According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the number of deaths resulting from vehicles running red lights is now at a 10-year high.
Research showed that over the course of a decade, the number of deaths resulting from drivers running through red lights increased over 30 percent. Close to one thousand individuals die each year from injuries sustained in car collisions caused by the failure of a driver to stop at a red light.
While red light running is not a new phenomenon, safety experts believe the increase in the number of drivers engaged in this risky behavior may be linked to a rise in distracted driving. It is more likely for a driver to fail to notice a red traffic signal when he or she is driving in a distracted state caused by texting or talking on a cell phone. Pedestrians using cell phones also may be distracted while walking across intersections.
Long driving trips also contribute to drivers running red lights. Studies report individuals are driving longer distances than ever before. With an increase in driving comes an increase in all types of car accidents. The overall rise in the number of drivers speeding may also contribute to a higher number of red-light running fatalities. Drivers sometimes speed to beat a red light, regardless of the safety risks.
Safety advocates continue to lobby for the use of red-light cameras to deter drivers from running through traffic signals. The use of traffic cameras by law enforcement in areas of high crash frequency has been shown to reduce the number of fatal accidents.
Individuals injured in car accidents resulting from drivers running red lights can face years of medical treatment and rehabilitation. Often, injured car accident victims are unable to work, which leads to financial instability and debt. To help cover the costs of medical expenses and lost wages and to obtain compensation for their pain and suffering, individuals can seek monetary damages by filing a civil lawsuit against those responsible for causing their injuries.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by another driver running a red light, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At Williams Cedar, our experienced Cherry Hill car accident lawyers will obtain the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey to serve injured individuals and their families throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey, including Cherry Hill and nationwide. To schedule a free consultation today, call us at 856-470-9777 or submit an online inquiry form.