Red lights not only manage traffic but also ensure that drivers are safe. Although most drivers give heed to red lights, some fail to stop at them. Drivers who run red lights or stop signs are a danger to themselves and other motorists; the accidents that result from running red lights are severe to both parties. In Pennsylvania, running red lights lead to hefty fines and the burden of legal responsibility in an accident.
Why do people run red lights?
Due to the high number of drivers on the road, stop signs and red lights are needed to prevent intersection accidents, but they don’t prevent all accidents from occurring. In fact, according to the Federal Highway Administration, 45% of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), happen at an intersection and result from drivers who ignore the stop sign.
Over 55% of drivers in the United States admit that they have run a red light. Most of them, however, argue that the light had just turned red when they were almost through to the other side. However, some people run red lights because they are late. Although this is understandable, there is a high risk to this. Running late for two minutes isn’t worth the risk of an MVA.
Consequences of running red lights
When compared to other road accidents, those caused by running a red light can result in more detrimental injuries. The most common type of accident in these instances is a T-bone collision, which is more fatal than other accidents. More than 100 people die each month from these angular collisions in America. In total, more than 300,000 people experience injuries from car accidents each year.
Have you experienced an injury resulting from a red-light violation? A personal injury lawyer could help you file a claim and get the best outcome for your case.