Traffic lights are a very important way to control the flow of traffic. Most drivers who have experienced the chaos of a traffic light not working due to a power outage would probably agree. Unfortunately, some drivers do not always follow the rules. This can cause catastrophic damage to cars and serious injuries to drivers and passengers. As most drivers assume other drivers are following the rules as they are, they often don’t pay close attention to other drivers’ behavior. If you have been in an accident involving another driver’s negligence towards traffic lights, speak with a personal injury attorney for help.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 165,000 people are injured in collisions involving red lights every year. In 2008 alone, there were over 700 deaths.
There are various causes for red light collisions, almost always due to driver error. Below are some of the most common reasons:
Red light accidents can result in a variety of types of collision, such as a rear-ending, side-swiping, T-boning, and head-on collisions. The cars involved can incur serious damage and even be totaled. The people involved also can be seriously hurt. Some injuries that may result include:
If you or someone you know has suffered any of the injuries above due the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Sacramento accident lawyer to examine the next steps you need to take.
In most red light accidents, one car enters the intersection legally and collides with a vehicle acting illegally. For example one car is crossing the intersection on a green when another car isn’t paying attention and T-bones that car from the cross direction. There are many rules regarding red light accidents as covered in the California Vehicle Code Section 21453.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a red light car collision, it is important to seek legal representation with an injury attorney in order to get the compensation you deserve. The medical treatment, prescriptions, physical therapy, and damage to property can be very costly, especially when all added together. A knowledgeable and motivated injury lawyer can help guide you through a complicated litigation process and will work hard on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you lost a loved one due to a red light accident, an accident attorney can assist you in filing a wrongful death claim.
The Weinberger Law Firm is dedicated to protect your best interest and devoted in getting the best possible outcomes you can from your legal case. If you or a loved one had been injured in a vehicle accident, contact a accident lawyer at (916) 357-6767 for a fee consultation.