Some days, it seems like everyone on the road is in a hurry and the commute to work can feel like the Indy 500. From abrupt lane changes to dangerous turns, drivers take chances both with their lives and with yours.
Of all the causes of serious Wisconsin car accidents, red light violations are among the most common and most deadly. Running a red light can result in not only injury and property destruction but in death on our roadways.
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Sobering Statistics about Running Red Lights
• Almost 1,000 wrongful death and 90,0000 personal injury cases occur as the result of red light violations in the United States each year.
• Drivers who run red lights cause 47 percent of car crashes that end in some type of injury.
• According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), red light running caused 762 deaths and 165,000 injuries in 2008.
• In our cities, red light car accidents cause more fatalities than any other types of crashes.
• One in every three people says that he or she personally knows someone who was killed or injured in a red light running accident.
Most people who run red lights do so for one of two reasons: they're in a rush to get where they're going or they're distracted and not paying attention to their driving. Either way, as our population grows, so does the problem.
Wisconsin has particularly strict laws when it comes to intersection safety. In our state, a solid yellow light is nearly the same thing as a red one. The traffic fine is the same for both yellow and red light violations with the only difference being that running a red will cost you four points on your license while a yellow is three.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation website offers clear driving instructions for...
How to Legally Handle Yellow and Red Transportation Lights
If you see a yellow light as you approach an intersection:
You must stop unless you are unable to do so safely.
You should never speed up when you see a yellow light. This is a recipe for disaster.
At a red light, all traffic must come to a complete stop and remain stopped until the light is green.
You must always yield to pedestrians, bicyclists and other traffic that is using the intersection lawfully - no matter what the color of the traffic light is.
If you have been the victim of a Wisconsin red light running accident or yellow light violation, look into your legal rights with a good accident lawyer in Wisconsin who can help you to decide what legal action to take. Hupy and Abraham provide a free DVD of helpful information that you can order, Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know.
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