Traffic lights are just a normal part of life when driving on the road. We all take them for granted in that they are only there to maintain a steady even flow of traffic. Traffic signals play a much bigger role: they save lives. Intersections without traffic signals tend to have a higher number of fatal accidents than intersections with traffic signals. Yet still, every single day, drivers running red lights cause an average of 2 deaths and several hundred injuries.
Today, more and more intersections have red light cameras to catch those drivers who run through lights. Even cameras are not enough to stop some drivers from plowing through intersections against the signal. Intersections with red light cameras have proven to have fewer fatal accidents compared to those without cameras. There are still countless intersections that do not have red light cameras, so beware and do not drive through an intersection against a red light. Everyone can wait for their light to turn green because it is the law and it saves lives.
A significant percentage of our auto accident cases involve clients who have been injured or killed as a result of another driver crossing through an intersection against a red light. These types of accidents are preventable accidents and should never happen. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver operating their vehicle against a red traffic signal, call the experienced attorneys at Portner & Shure for a free consultation: (703) 734-8790