Deaths Caused By Running Red Lights Reaches Record High
An analysis of government data has found that the number of people killed due to red-light running in the United States is at a 10-year high.
According to AAA, 939 people were killed by drivers who breezed through red lights in 2017. These figures are at their highest since 2008 and represent a 28 percent increase since 2012.
Put another way, two people are killed in the United States each day by drivers who ignore traffic signals.
Failing to stop at a red light is plainly an act of carelessness. If you or a loved one was injured by a driver who ran a red light, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and more. The Recovery Law Center can help.
Causes Of Drivers Running Red Lights
The most important aspect of driving safely is complete attention on the road. Distracted driving is a significant and growing cause of negligent driving behaviors like running red lights.
Though many states, including Hawaii, have rules against the use of cell phones while driving, phone calls and text messages often cause drivers to divert their attention from the road. When a driver answers a phone call, they can miss important signs and signals, endangering the other drivers and pedestrians around them.
However, another recent survey conducted by AAA shows that roughly one-third of its respondents admitted to intentionally running a red light in the past month, even though most of the responders considered red light-running a serious safety issue.
Other potential factors that could contribute to red-light running is caused by the sheer increase in motorists on the road and ill-timed light cycles, officials said.
Tips To Avoid Accidents
AAA has several recommendations all drivers can employ to avoid the tragic accidents caused by red-light running.
- Prepare to stop: When you’re approaching an intersection, hover your foot over the brake pedal in case you need to stop, even if the light is green.
- Tap the brakes: By tapping your brakes a few times when approaching a yellow or red light, you can alert distracted drivers behind you that you’re about to stop.
- Use good judgment when approaching lights: It’s a good idea to wait a second to scan the intersection once your light turns green. That can help you avoid being struck by someone who ran the light.
In addition, AAA has recommendations for pedestrians crossing intersections to avoid getting hit by drivers running red lights:
- Wait: When you’re about to cross an intersection, take a few moments to make sure that all cars in the vicinity have come to a complete stop.
- Be visible: Stay in well-lit areas whenever possible. Wear reflective clothing if you’re walking in dark or poor conditions.
- Stay alert: When walking in busy areas, avoid wearing headphones or getting distracted by your cell phone. The best way to remain safe is to be aware of your surroundings.
How Recovery Law Center Can Help
There’s no excuse for running a red light. Although there could be outside circumstances that caused the driver to run the light, those instances are very rare. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you need an experienced attorney to investigate and identify what happened in your case and who should be held liable.
At Recovery Law Center, we have 25 years of experience representing Honolulu residents, tourists and others who were hurt in traffic accidents on Oahu. You can count on us to listen to your story and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
At your initial consultation, we will compassionately listen to your situation and help you form the best plan of action for acquiring the compensation you need and deserve for your losses.
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