According to a recent report from AAA, drivers running red lights and causing fatal accidents has reached a 10-year high. From 2012 to 2017, the rate of collisions caused by drivers who ran red lights increased 28%. In almost half the cases that involved a fatality, the people killed were either drivers or passengers in cars hit by red-light violators. Approximately one-third of the victims were the drivers who ran the light.
Even though drivers know that running a red light is illegal, a June report from AAA found that one in three drivers admitted to doing it within the last 30 days. Many of these drivers admitted that they could have safely stopped. While some people run red lights due to distractions or inattention, many break this traffic law intentionally. Others take the risk because they do not think they will be caught by police officers.
While traffic fatalities caused by drivers running red lights are up, total traffic deaths in the United States are finally beginning to level off. 2018 saw a 1% decrease from the previous year.
Furthermore, even though drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving are still the top causes of fatal car wrecks, studies have also shown that more people are putting down their cellphones while behind the wheel.
What does this mean for you?
In general, it means that you should be more alert and cautious when you are entering an intersection. Areas where there is cross traffic have typically been more prone to motor vehicle collisions.
In many cases, this is due to drivers running red lights or not yielding right of way. As you approach an intersection, slow down and pay attention to what is going on in front of you as well as what could be coming from the cross street.
While staying alert at intersections can reduce your chances of a collision with another driver who runs the light or stop sign, sometimes, no matter what you do, you cannot avoid a wreck.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident due to reckless or negligent driver, keep in mind that you have options. You may be able to file a claim for your injuries or a wrongful death suit against the driver who caused a fatal accident involving a loved one.