According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 8,700 people were killed in one year due to intersection or intersection-related traffic accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety notes that running red lights in the leading cause of urban car accidents.
New research shows that about 3.5 million drivers have received red light tickets in 20 states across the nation and that drivers most frequently run red lights between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday is the worst day for intersection safety, which is no surprise as many people are rushing home after a long work week.
One of the most common reasons for running a red light is driver distraction. A joint analysis by the NCSR and FocusDriven, found that about 7.3 million red light violations in 2012 involved a distracted driver.
The driver and passengers in the vehicle are more likely to be injured in a red light accident than any other type of crash. The majority of victims however, are not the drivers who ran the red lights, but other motorists, pedestrians and bicycle riders.
The car accident lawyers at The Eichholz Law Firm would like to remind Georgia residents that it is illegal to run a red light and that drivers should always obey traffic signs and signals.
Have you or someone you love been injured in a red light accident? Did you know that victims of these types of accidents may be entitled to file a claim for damages? Our attorneys can help you determine what your legal rights are.
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