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Reducing the risk for a crash after running a red light

| Sep 9, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Many reckless, impatient and distracted drivers in Pennsylvania run red lights and, as a result, collide with pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers. Many of these crashes are fatal. Nationwide, 939 deaths arose from red light-running crashes in 2017, which was a 10-year high. The period from 2012 to 2017 saw a 30% increase in such deaths according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

There are ways to reduce the risk of becoming a victim to a red light runner. Drivers should, of course, avoid distractions; otherwise, they might be the ones who run the red light. Phone use is especially widespread among drivers. Drivers approaching an intersection may tap their brakes a few times to get the attention of the driver behind them, just in case that driver is distracted, and they can cover their brake when entering the intersection.

It’s also important to monitor stale green lights, or green lights that are about to turn yellow. A flashing orange hand on the passenger crossing signal is one indication of a stale green light.

Pedestrians and bicyclists must avoid distractions too, especially headphones. At intersections, pedestrians should try to stand in a well-lit area and not cross until they ensure that vehicles have completely stopped. Pedestrians and bicyclists should make eye contact with drivers if possible.

When there are car accidents involving a red light runner, those who are injured and who are deemed 50% or less at fault can file a personal injury claim. The chances of succeeding might depend on whether victims have legal representation, so it may be wise to schedule a case evaluation. A lawyer may be able to hire investigators and other third parties to gather evidence against the defendant before heading to negotiations. If negotiations do not produce a fair settlement, victims may litigate.