Severe Injuries or Death Caused by Drivers Failing to Stop on Red

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Red Light, Green Light is a popular children's game where children are only allowed to move when the person running the game calls "green light" and need to stop when the person running the game shouts "red light." It shows that even small children can master the concept of "red means stop." Somehow many adults seem to forget that when they fail to stop at red traffic lights. Driving through red lights can cause car accidents with serious consequences and California authorities are taking steps to stop drivers from running red lights.

Dangers of Running Red Lights

Drivers going through red traffic lights is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in the U.S. According to the Federal Highway Administration, drivers running red lights cause accidents resulting in about 1,000 deaths and 90,000 injuries annually. Half of the people who die in red light running accidents are not those who failed to stop; they are other drivers, bicyclists or pedestrians.

One in three people report knowing someone injured in an accident caused by someone running a red light, similar to the number of people who report knowing someone injured in a drunk driving accident.

Efforts to Combat the Problem of Drivers Running Red Lights

One of the ways that authorities are trying to stop drivers from running red lights is through the use of cameras at intersections. The cameras take photos of cars that enter the intersection after the traffic signal has changed and then police issue a ticket to the driver through the mail.

The California Board of Audits reviewed the effectiveness of these traffic cameras in 2007. The Board found that accidents at intersections caused by people running red lights decreased by 10 percent statewide in the cities with traffic cameras. Cities without cameras saw no reduction in such accidents. In San Diego alone, the audit showed that red light violation accidents at intersections with cameras decreased by 44 percent. In Oxnard, the rate of such accidents dropped by 46 percent.

Drivers who are in too much of a hurry or too careless to follow simple rules of the road such as "red means stop" cause car accidents. If you have been injured in an accident with a driver who ran a red light, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact an attorney to discuss your situation and help you pursue your claim.

Source: It's Red for a Reason: Red-Light-Running Car Crashes and Deaths

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