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What Are the Dangers of Running a Red Light?

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When a driver runs a red light, they can cause a serious accident. If you have been injured in a red-light accident, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation when someone else is to blame for the crash. You should contact an experienced car accident lawyer to discuss your case.

Why Do Drivers Run Red Lights?

Drivers may run red lights for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Drowsy driving

An increase in distracted driving throughout the country has been responsible for a surge in red-light car accidents. Drivers looking down at their phones do not see the lights until too late, even if they know the traffic light.

Running a Red Light Can Cause a T-Bone Car Accident

The main danger of running a red light is that a driver could cause a T-bone car crash. This accident, also known as a broadside crash, is one of the most dangerous types of traffic incidents. A T-bone car accident is when the front of one vehicle collides with the side of the other. The struck vehicle could be hit on either the driver or the passenger side. If the car is hit where an occupant is, they could suffer serious injuries. The driver who strikes the other vehicle has an impact similar to what they would experience in a head-on crash.

Red-light crashes often happen at full speed because neither driver has the chance to avoid the collision. In most cases, these accidents occur when both vehicles are traveling at 30 miles per hour or more. Thus, the force unleashed in the crash can be catastrophic for both vehicles. The higher the speed at which the accident occurs, the more force will be exerted on both vehicles.

Red-Light Crash Injuries

Drivers can suffer the following injuries in red-light crashes:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Internal injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

No matter what measures local authorities take to prevent drivers from running red lights, motorists will still break the law. Delaware has a red-light traffic camera program, although it has not completely eradicated the dangers.

How Liability Is Determined in a Red-Light Car Accident?

Regarding liability for the accident, the driver who was struck could be the one to blame because they were the motorists who ran the light. Just because one car struck another does not mean that the driver of that vehicle is automatically to blame for the crash. The standard rules of negligence apply to any car accident. The driver, who had the legal obligation to yield the right of way to the other, would be the one to blame for the accident. However, you may not be able to prove who ran the red light if no witnesses had seen the accident.

Contact a Wilmington Car Accident Lawyer at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Today

If you have been injured in a crash, get legal help from a Wilmington car accident lawyer at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. We are experienced attorneys with a track record of helping injured clients get the financial recovery they deserve. Call 302-656-5445 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in New Castle and Millsboro, Delaware, we serve clients in New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.