Intersections are dangerous places. According to the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR), there were 8,700 fatalities at intersections in the course of one year. Intersection accidents often occur when one driver fails to stop for a red light.
A failure to stop for a red can result in a deadly crash or a collision that causes permanent injury. An Orlando personal injury lawyer can represent victims who were hurt or loved ones whose family member was killed in a collision caused by a failure to stop for a traffic-control device.
Preventing Red Light Running Accidents
Drivers who do not stop on red caused 762 fatalities in 2008 according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). In around half of the deadly collisions, the driver who actually failed to stop was the one who was killed in the red light crash. In the remainder of the accidents, innocent victims were killed including other motorists, bicycle riders, pedestrians and motorcyclists.
In addition to deadly crashes, drivers who do not stop when the light is red are also responsible for around 165,000 annual injuries according to the FHA. The number of people who are involved in collisions as a result of red light runners is so high that around one in three Americans says that they know someone who was either injured or killed in a crash resulting from a violation of traffic signals.
The National Coalition for Safer Roads has organized National Stop on Red Week to try to reduce the number of people killed by encouraging drivers to Take the Pledge and vow not to go through traffic signals. Drivers who take the pledge vow to respect the rules of the road and stop for traffic lights in order to help save lives. The NCSR data shows that there are currently many drivers violating the laws despite the risks. In fact, according to research done in 20 states:
- A total of 1,070,572 drivers ran red lights during the hours of 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. over the course of 2013. This was the time period in which the highest number of red light violations occurred. Around 1/3 of the total red light violations recorded in 2013 happened during these hours.
- On Fridays, there were a total of 570,122 red light infractions. Friday was the day during the week when the largest number of red light violations occurred.
- Even on Sunday, the day with the fewest violations, there were a total of 439,323 people in 2013 who ran red lights.
Motorists need to do better and National Stop on Red Week aims to help encourage drivers to obey the rules. The Federal Highway Administration has suggestions for scheduled events and outreach efforts during the course of this week, including press conferences where statistics are shared; school events where kids wear red; and political efforts to tighten laws and impose stricter penalties on drivers who choose to run red lights. Hopefully, the efforts during National Stop on Red Week will make a difference in convincing motorists to make the smart choice and stop for the light.
Central Florida accident victims and families who lost loved ones can contact Winter Park, FL personal injury attorney Richard B. Troutman by calling 866-434-5770 or visit http://www.richardtroutman.com.