Most people recognize the importance of red lights but many people also assume that it is okay to run a red light once in a while. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we have seen the consequences of enough red light accidents to hope that everyone will learn these four important facts about red lights. If you have already been injured in a red light accident, or lost a loved one in this type of accident, contact us at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
- People Run Red Lights Frequently and These Accidents Are Often Fatal
- Red Light Cameras Are Effective
- Red Light Cameras Are Not a Privacy Concern
- it is Important That Red Lights Are Calibrated Correctly
Too often, people assume that though red light accidents must happen, they are likely not typically fatal. Unfortunately, this is not true. Consider that in 2018 alone, nearly 850 people lost their lives in accidents that occurred due to someone running a red light.
Whether you like them or not, you should know that red light cameras are effective in reducing the amount of red light running. The fact of the matter is that the best way to enforce any law is through enforcement, yet it is impossible to have police at every red light, handing out tickets. That’s where cameras can come in.
One study from the IIHS found that having red light cameras installed reduced the fatality rate of red light running accidents by 21%. It also reduced the total fatal accidents at intersections with signals by 14%. Think of the people that are alive today that would not be alive if it weren’t for those cameras.
The fact of the matter is that when a person gets a driver’s license, they are agreeing to follow the rules. Driving is a regulated activity and red light cameras are a way of regulating that activity. As is true of enforcement options (like police issuing citations) red light cameras only impact those who are breaking the law.
One essential factor in ensuring that signalized intersections are as safe as possible is making sure that the signal timing is correct. If you have enough yellow time, red light running is much lower and the number of accidents decreases too. It is up to the cities to ensure that they are following best practices when setting the timing of their red lights.
Contact an Attorney Today if You Have Been Injured in a Red Light Accident
If you have suffered an injury as a result of red light accident, we strongly encourage you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We can go over the basic facts of your case to determine what options may be available to you.