Thousands of people are killed in intersection car accidents every year. In fact, in 2011, intersection-related accidents resulted in more than 8,500 fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Many of these intersection accidents are caused when a driver runs a red light – a practice that is all too common throughout the country. In fact, according to a study from the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR), more than 3.5 million drivers across 20 states ran red lights in 2013. The research looked at data from 2,216 red-light safety cameras across more than 200 areas in 20 states and made the following observations:
- Of holiday travel periods, Memorial Day weekend ranked the highest, with 39,021 red-light violations.
- Friday had the highest number of violations during the week, with 570,151.
- Sunday proved to have the fewest red-light violations, with 439,323.
- Most violations (about 30 percent) took place between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
“By highlighting the data and trends around red-light running, we hope to educate the public on the dangers of running red lights,” said David Kelly, executive director, NCSR, and former acting administrator of NHTSA. “The information in the report reveals when we are most vulnerable on the road and reminds everyone to stay alert and safe near intersections.”
In an effort to curb red light violations, many municipalities have installed red light cameras that photograph and ticket violators. Chicago currently has 348 cameras that monitor 172 intersections throughout the city. Although some people criticize red light cameras as a money-maker, the cameras can provide helpful information in the event that a car accident happens in an intersection with surveillance.
Intersection accidents often involve complicated issues of liability, with insurance companies disputing liability for their insured. Moreover, intersections can involve a number of hazards, such as obstructed views, stoplights that aren’t working, poor visibility, and pedestrians who ignore traffic signs and signals. Because of the complex factual and legal issues that can come into play with an intersection accident, it is highly recommended that you consult with a knowledgeable auto accident lawyer.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer
The Chicago car accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on helping the victims of intersection accidents and other car accidents obtain maximum compensation for their injuries and damages. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident caused by the failure to stop at a red light, we will advise you of your legal rights and advocate on your behalf for full and fair compensation. Contact us at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago auto accident lawyers.