According to a recent study, more people were killed in red-light running accidents in recent years. Continue reading to discover the reasons behind this and what you can do if you are involved in a car accident in Phoenix. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 if you are in need of a free legal consultation with an attorney.
The Basics of the Study
First, let us consider the main takeaways from the study. Data compiled by AAA looked at government crash data to find that in 2017 939 people were killed when vehicles ran red lights. This is the highest this statistic has been since 2008. It is 28% higher than it was in 2012. According to the data, two people are killed daily in the U.S. when drivers run red lights at street intersections.
The Specifics of the Study
Researchers could not find a specific reason that the number of deaths at red lights was at such a steady increase. They could not determine why this rate was increasing much faster than overall deaths on U.S. roadways. They found that since 2012 the number of highway fatalities has gone up by 10% - which is much less than the 28% increase in deaths at red lights.
It is true that there are more drivers on the road but that cannot explain why red-light running deaths are increasing faster than other types of accidents. They believe that distracted driving may be part of the reason, and they also point to red lights that are not properly timed.
The study found that 28% of crash deaths that occurred at intersections with signals were the result of a vehicle running a red light. AAA used this information to base their recommendation that the number of red-light cameras should be increased in order to reduce the number of red-light runners.
Another tip from researchers is for drivers to pay attention and to tap their brakes as they approach a light so that other drivers know there is a possibility of as top. People on bikes and on foot can take a few moments before walking to ensure that traffic has stopped as it is legally obligated to do so.
Call Us Today if You Have Been Injured in an Accident Caused by a Red-Light Runner
If you have been involved in an accident after someone ran a red light then it is likely you have grounds for a personal injury case. California law requires that drivers come to a complete stop a red light. Drivers who do not can be at fault for accidents they cause. To learn more, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.