While some small towns and quieter neighborhoods of large cities can have safe traffic areas with only stop signs and the occasional traffic light, other areas require more tools to ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. As any San Jose car accident lawyer knows, some intersections can be especially dangerous due to high traffic or a complicated traffic pattern.
One such intersection is in San Francisco, where Market Street and Octavia Street meet. After several years of unsuccessful attempts to increase the safety of the intersection, the Attorney General has recently approved installation of a red light camera. The red light camera is intended to catch drivers who violate traffic laws and deter future violations.
Between 2009 and 2011, 30 accidents occurred at that intersection that resulted in injury, but the danger of the intersection became apparent as early as 2005, when the nearby freeway opened. Drivers frequently make illegal right turns through the bike lane and pedestrian crosswalk to access the freeway, and more than 50 people have been injured in cycling and pedestrian accidents with vehicles.
Drivers are always required to use reasonable care, and a failure to exercise this level of care may constitute negligence. Those who are injured by negligent drivers, including passengers of the vehicle and passengers or drivers of other vehicles, as well as pedestrians and cyclists, may be able to recover damages for their injuries. Failing to follow traffic signals, including making illegal right turns, may constitute negligence.
Red light cameras, such as the one to be installed at Market and Octavia, may reduce serious car accidents, including those that involve injury, by providing additional incentive for drivers to obey traffic laws.
Source: HuffingtonPost.com, "San Francisco Most Dangerous Intersection Will Receive Red Light Camera," Hannah Bricker, Jan. 8, 2013
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