Traffic signals were created as a way to keep our roads safe and organized, but unfortunately, many drivers ignore them. The truth is, drivers run through red lights often, and in most cases, these accidents tend to result in one or more parties suffering severe or fatal injuries. In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed crash data from 2012 to 2017 and found that “deaths caused by drivers running red lights jumped almost 30%” during this timeframe [Source: Property Casualty 360].
The analysis found that this increase was attributed to drivers being impatient, distracted, and reckless and those guilty of running a red light were responsible for claiming at least two lives every day in the U.S. In 2017 alone, 939 people died in crashes that were caused by drivers who decided to run a red light. Some of the other statistics that were derived from the data collected by the AAA Foundation include:
- “28% of crash deaths that [occurred] at signalized intersections are the result of a driver running through a red light.”
- Arizona was recognized as having “the highest rate of red-light running fatalities, while New Hampshire [had] the lowest rate.”
- It is estimated that “half (46%) of those killed in crashes caused by running red lights were passengers or people in other vehicles, and more than 5% were pedestrians or cyclists.”
While initiatives (i.e. having red light cameras installed) have been taken in some cities to reduce the rate of fatal red-light running crashes, the only way we will truly see improvement on our roads is when drivers begin to put safety as their top priority.
Here’s what you need to do if a trucker ran a red light in Palm Beach County and crashed into your vehicle.
If you were involved in an accident with a truck driver who ran a red light, whether they did it accidentally or intentionally, and you suffered injuries, a Palm Beach County, FL truck accident attorney can help you recover the compensation you need and are entitled to. You see when a driver knowingly runs a red light, they aren’t exactly being considerate to the other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, or even motorcyclists who are sharing the road with them. It is for this reason that they and/or their insurer should be held liable for compensating you for how the crash has impacted your life and that of your family.
One of the benefits of retaining a lawyer is he or she can help you file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurer and even file a civil suit against the driver or the company they work for. Many insurers attempt to low-ball accident victims rather than pay them what they are entitled to, especially those that neglect to hire legal counsel. Therefore, if you want to be sure you are properly compensated and are pursing the right parties, contact USAttorneys.com and let us help you find an attorney in your area.