Danger of red light runners

Summer is a great time to be out on the road.  Here is a situation most of us encounter on a daily basis.  You are driving and approaching an intersection with a traffic light.  The light turns red.   What do you do?  No, this is not a trick question.  In fact, there is a very easy answer -- you do not enter the intersection and stop.   Unfortunately, too many people fail to do just that. 

Red light runners cause hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year.  In 2018, an estimated 139,000 people were injured in red light running crashes, 846 of those people were killed.  Of those, almost half were pedestrians, bicyclists and people in other vehicles who were hit by the red light runners.

National Stop on Red Week is the first week of August in 2020.  During the week, cities around the country seek to promote public awareness and step up law enforcement to prevent more of these accidents.  Here are some suggestions on what you can do to be safer.

  • Be prepared to stop when approaching a traffic light.
  • Slow down when approaching a yellow light.
  • Come to a complete stop at every red light, even when turning right.
  • Turn right on red after stopping, only if the way is clear of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.  There also must be no sign posted that prohibits right turns on red.
  • Adjust your speed to account for weather and road conditions and take all appropriate cautions.
  • Yield to pedestrians.

In the end, it is the responsibility of each driver to put safety first.  Unfortunately, many do not.  Using these steps will help reduce the amount of danger on the road.

If you or a loved one has been injured from a car accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, our personal injury attorneys are here to help. Please contact Hupy and Abraham with any questions at 800-800-5678, or start a live chat anytime at Hupy.com.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.